Leisure Reading – The Top Ten of the Top Floor

10 - Leisure Reading Collection

Our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4 is proving quite a draw judging from the statistics our clever IT people have compiled for us. This term alone over 250 books were borrowed from the collection, so it’s nice to know we’re providing some light relief from all the textbooks!

We’re also able to give you a Top Ten of the most borrowed books from the collection, as follows…

1. A Game of Thrones, Book 1 (George R.R. Martin), 37 loans

2. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk), 32 loans.

3. Northern Lights (Philip Pullman), 30 loans.

4. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), 26 loans

5. The Life of Pi (Yann Martel), 24 loans

5. Noughts & Crosses (Malorie Blackman), 24 loans

7. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom), 19 loans

8. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), 17 loans

8. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), 17 loans

10. Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James), 16 loans

Don’t forget, if you are in need of a little light relief from your study over the vacation, there’s still time to pop upstairs and have a browse – with over 650 books to choose from, including award-winning fiction, graphic novels and autobiographies, there’s something for every taste (as the popularity of Fifty Shades will testify!!)

Easter Vacation Opening Hours

PJust to remind all of our visitors that from Monday 30th March the Library will be switching to vacation opening hours until the start of the next term on Monday 27th April. These are:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 5.30

Tuesday: 9.00 – 5.30

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 5.30

Friday: 9.00 – 5.30

Saturday: Closed

Please note that we will be closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 25th April, and that we’re open in the evening only on Wednesdays until 8pm – all other week days we close at 5.30pm, with last entry to the building being ten minutes before closing time.

The Library will be closed along with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday for five days from Good Friday, 3rd April, through until the following Wednesday, 8th April.

Take One Book Exhibition

take one bookThis Easter the Library will be hosting a new collaborative art project, Take One Book, based around the work of best selling author Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit).

Open Secret is a group of twelve artists consisting of current staff and alumni of Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Not wanting to lose the value of being part of a creative community, the group came together as a collective and embarked on their first joint project, choosing the literary work of Jeanette Winterson as a focus to express their response in a variety of different media.

The exhibition opens on Level 4 of the Library on Wednesday 1st April and runs until Thursday 23rd April. For further information visit the artists website here:


Borrowing books over Easter vacation

We will be rolling the out the issue dates on all week and long loan items taken out for the Easter vacation on Friday 20th March 2015.

Any week and long loan items taken out ON OR AFTER this date will be issued until the start of the next term (Wednesday 29/04/15 for 1st and 2nd year Undergraduates and Friday 01/05/15 for Finalists and Taught Postgraduates).

The last recall notices for books will also go out on Friday 20th March 2015, so users should continue to check their emails up to that date to make sure they do not have to return books on their record before the end of term. We will not be issuing further recall notices during the vacation.

Please note that if a book reservation is collected AFTER the 20th March 2015 and it has ANOTHER hold request outstanding after the person who it is on hold for, it will only issue for ONE week NOT for the entire vacation period, so users should check the loan status very carefully as fines will still be levied on any book that is not returned by the due date .

High Demand book loans stay the same over the vacation period apart from Thursday 2nd April, when they will be issued until Wednesday 8th April when the Library re-opens after the Easter weekend.

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Sir Terry Pratchett 1948-2015

terry pratchett by robin zebrowskiImmensely popular and influential fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett sadly died yesterday aged 66 following a long illness.

His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, though it wasn’t until 1983 and the publication of The Colour of Magic, the first in his popular and long running Discworld saga, that his popularity began to soar, and he became a full-time writer in 1987, writing over 70 books, many of which were successfully translated and adapted into radio, television, film and computer games.

In 2007 he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and he became a spokesman for the treatment of dementia illness, recording a BAFTA award-winning documentary about the treatment of his illness in 2009, the same year that he received a knighthood for services to literature.

Sir Terry’s work is well represented among our own English literature and Leisure Reading collections.

Sir Terry Pratchett image by Robin Zebrowski, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Student Book Club March Meeting

9780141028590The Student Book Club meets again in March when the book up for consideration this time will be Sathnam Sanghera’s life-affirming Black Country drama The Boy with the Topknot. We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom on Monday March 9th at 7pm – just ask at the Level 3 desk for directions.

All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still purchase it for your Kindle or from local booksellers.

For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Bloomin’ Wonderful!


The University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day yesterday was another wonderful success yesterday (helped by some glorious spring sunshine) and we were overwhelmed by visitors to our own stand down at the SU, many of whom kindly brought our Mood-Boosting Tree back into full bloom – as you can see above!

We asked you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, and to write down why and then stick it on the tree. By way of an incentive, everyone who participated was entered into a prize draw for 3 Amazon vouchers and 2 Book Tokens. We’re very happy to announce that the lucky winners of the draw are:

Hamish Cameron, Francesca Lewis, James Matthews, James Rowe, and Ellen Verrier.

You’ll all be receiving an email shortly about where to collect your prize.

We’ll also be looking through all the other entries to discover what we haven’t got in stock and look to add them to our Leisure Reading collection. Thanks to everyone who took part – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day


Tomorrow is University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day, and the Student Union is hosting a special fair at the SU Building to promote positive mental health. Following on from our success last year, the Library will be present again with our very own Mood-Boosting Tree, where you can participate for the chance to win some terrific prizes in our prize draw.

The event kicks off at 11am tomorrow and runs all afternoon. For a full timetable of the days events and to register for some of the activities, visit this link:


See you down there!

Take the Six Book Challenge

REA-809%20A4Posterv1Are you ready for a challenge? Would you like to rediscover the joy of reading? Or are you keen to raise your reading confidence? Or are reading regularly but would like to push yourself a bit more? The Six Book Challenge invites you to read 6 books or other texts within 6 months.

This is an initiative by the Reading Agency. It has already run successfully at many workplaces. We are running the Six Book Challenge at Loughborough University this year.

Please come to our launch event on 17 February, 9 -10 am at the EHB (Edward Herbert Building), Atrium. At the launch, you can:

  • Sign up for the challenge
  • Receive your reading diary
  • Meet others taking part
  • Find out more!

The event will be launched by Vice Chancellor Bob Allison.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any good quality paperback novels you would like to donate to the BookCrossing scheme, please bring them along.

All welcome!  Please contact Marion Jost for more information.