Man Booker Prize 2014 Winner Announced

richard flanagan by anetzCongratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan (pictured) who last night won the prestigious £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his stirring wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The selection for this year’s prize caused some controversy when the competition was opened to all authors writing in English, provoking many to believe that the contest would be dominated by American authors, who were previously excluded; though ultimately this year’s shortlist included only two Americans, along with three British and one Australian.

We’ll be getting a copy of Flanagan’s novel in due course, but we do already have a growing selection of previous Booker winners and nominees among our Leisure Reading section on Level 4, including last year’s winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Richard Flanagan image by Anetz, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Club 790 Flies Again!

Book Club Poster

Club 790 is a book club exclusively for students. If you fancy reading and chatting about great novels, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities such as cinema and theatre trips, then why not come along to the official launch at 7pm on Monday 20th October in the Village Bar?

  • Special offers on food and refreshments (scampi and chips £2.95!)
  • Guest speaker: the Student Wordsmith (Sophie-Louise Hyde, Loughborough graduate)
  • Pick up a brand new copy of The Maze Runner, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
  • Exciting prize draw!
  • Leisure reading display

For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending by contacting Sharon Reid at the Library:

Need a Bit of a Boost? Look No Further…

14 - Leisure Reading Collection

As today is World Mental Health Day, and with the weather turning nasty and the nights drawing in, what better time to remind you about our range of Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting books up among the Leisure Reading section on Level 4 to help give you a bit of a boost for the start of term.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme providing self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. These titles can now be accessed from the University Library. Reference copies of most of the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough’s public library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town, right next to the park.

Alongside the Books on Prescription titles sit the aptly-named Reading Well Mood-Boosting books, an intriguing range of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. The Mood-Boosting titles have all been recommended nationally by readers and reading groups.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992. It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every year it highlights a particular mental health theme, with this year’s theme being “Living with Schizophrenia”.

To find out more, visit the World Mental Health Day site here:

Lights, Camera, Action!

Last term we ‘borrowed’ the University’s own film crew to shoot a brief Youtube video for new students, as both a welcome and an introduction to the wonderful world of our newly refurbished Library. We’re as proud of the film as we are of our new-look building - and we hope you’ll like it too!

(Sorry, but you’ll have to provide your own popcorn!)

Take a Step into the Future with the Prediction Machine!

themachineWhen you visit the Library Cafe this month you might be surprised by the presence of a strange machine that promises not coffee, but predictions!

The Prediction Machine is a cross between an end of the pier fortune telling machine, a TV weather forecast and the TARDIS from Doctor Who. The machine uses the meteorological data from Loughborough University’s weather station to print out predictions based on the weather now and what is being predicted for the future.

The Prediction Machine is an interactive installation which has been developed using the input of a series of workshops, creating a dialogue around the changes in weather and climate, and has been created by the artist Rachel Jacobs in collaboration with Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth and Dr Carlo Buontempo.

It will be on display in the Library Cafe from today for a fortnight. This will be followed by final public event that will marks changes in the climate that are experienced by the local residents and users of the machine over the duration of the exhibition. More information about this event will be announced later on the LU Arts website.

For more details about the installation, visit the artists’ website here:

First day of term in numbers

         Pilkington library after refurbishmentAnyone that knows a librarian, will know we love a good statistic! It’s great to see the Library so busy on the first day of term, so we have taken five minutes to see what statistics we have got for you….

Yesterday we had 2847 visits to the Library, issued 2246 books, had 462 books returned and answered 1159 enquiries – more than one a minute.

We hope you find everything you need when you are here, but please feel free to ask one of the staff for assistance – we will be happy to help.

Database Trial – SOL (Sustainable Organization Library)

GSE_world_JPEGThe Library is currently triailing a database from GSE Research, the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL), which is now the leading dedicated collection on sustainability in the world.

Relevant to a wide range of subject disciplines, including social sciences, politics, environmenal studies and business & economics, the database contains:

  • An online collection of approximately 8000 papers drawn from around 600 books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management
  • Case studies, research papers, book chapters, journal articles
  • Sourced material from nearly 600 books, special issues and journal issues
  • Each item individually tagged and discoverable
  • Book and journal content accessible through search or browse
  • Ebooks, journals, articles, reports, conference proceedings

SOL also features collections from global leaders in the field of sustainability including:

  • Greenleaf Publishing: the leading independent sustainability publisher. Greenleaf publishes in the areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy, business strategy and practice, and sustainable development. SOL includes the majority of Greenleaf publications.
  • GSE Research: specialist in publishing, project management and advisory services in governance, sustainability and environment, and partner to Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Oxfam International: an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
  • European Foundation for Management Development: leading accreditation and membership body for business schools and organization learning & development initiatives worldwide
  • AMACOM, the publishing division of the American Management association
  • Practical Action Publishing: specializing in developing-world issues. SOL draws on the Development Economics collection from Practical Action.
  • Peter Lang: long-established publisher of English-, German- and French-language books in the humanities and social sciences. SOL draws on the Peter Lang environment and sustainability list.
  • Cambridge Scholars Publishing: broad-based publisher in science, the arts and humanities. SOL draws on the Cambridge Scholars environment and sustainability list.
  • Access Press: UK-based specialist publisher of books and journals, including the International Journal of Management Cases, which is included in SOL.
  • United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): with more than 500 business school signatories worldwide.
  • The Academy of Business in Society: more than 120 of the world’s leading companies and business schools.
  • Institute of Directors India: serving more than 30,000 directors in corporations in India and worldwide.

To begin searching please go to: – access is via IP address.

The trial will end on 29th November 2014. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( ) with your comments.

Welcome to the Start of Term!


A big WELCOME to all our visitors – old and new! – as we start another exciting academic year. We hope everybody had a good summer (we missed you, by the way!) and we’re looking forward to the pleasure of your company over the year ahead.

We haven’t been entirely resting on our laurels over the summer, and there are a few new things that we’ve done since June that you might not be aware of…

  • Extra power sockets on Level 3. We embarked on an extensive re-wiring project over the summer, with the result that the majority of the study tables in Open 3 are now equipped with their own electrical sockets – so you no longer have to worry about dragging desks about and trailing wires all over the place!
  • Extra CAD software. IT Services have installed CAD software on an additional 86 work stations in the Library, covering levels 2 & 4, meaning we have 122 PC’s in total that contain the software.
  • Credit/Debit card payments on the Self Issue machines. All of our Self Issue machines have now been enabled to take payments over £5 using your credit/debit card, so you don’t have to queue at the desk to pay your book fines any longer (not that you’re going to forget to return your books on time though, right? Right!)
  • Increased Loan Allowances. Last term (if you can remember back that far!) we increased loan allowances across the board to help you out during the exam season. Well, we deemed that to be such a success that we’ve made it permanent. So now you’ve no excuse to stock up for the term ahead!

Newcomers and old lags alike will also find our latest batch of ‘Get the Know How’ courses useful, whether you’re making your first visit to us or you simply want a refresher.

We hope you enjoy your term – and best of luck for the year ahead!

Want to Browse the Library Shelves from the Comfort of Your Armchair…?

virtual browse

Fancy browsing the Library shelves from the comfort of your hall, home, lab or office? Well those clever people at Primo, the designers of Library Catalogue Plus, have introduced a new feature that allows you to do just that!

A fifth ‘tag’, Virtual Browse, has been added to the ‘Breadcrumb Trail’ at the top of the viewing window (see screenshot above), which when opened allows you to which books can be found next to the one you’re looking for – handy if you want to add to your subject reading or just want to check to see what else is available!