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:, 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.

Give Yourself a Boost… It’s National Libraries Day!

14 - Leisure Reading Collection

As today is National Libraries Day, what better time to remind you that our Library isn’t just about textbooks, but also about reading for pleasure and to give yourself a lift when things are getting you a little down. Our range of Reading Well Mood-Boosting books, an intriguing selection of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry all recommended nationally by readers and reading groups, are designed to do just that, and you can find them upstairs on Level 4 along side our Leisure Reading collection.

National Libraries Day is, as its title suggests, an annual celebration of libraries throughout the UK, be they academic, college, public or school libraries, and seeks to highlight all the positives things libraries and librarians contribute to people, families, communities, workplaces, the economy and society. For further details, visit this link:

LU Arts Photography Competition


Do you love to capture the world around you in photographs? Then LU Arts would like to invite you to enter our campus photography competition. All staff and students are welcome to join, whether you’re an experienced photographer or enthusiastic rookie.

LU Arts are looking for photographs that convey how you see the campus and campus life. Whether you choose to show the architecture or the landscape; the life of staff or students; a lecture hall or student party; a brutalist building or a modern design; we want it all to be caught on camera! 

You can submit a maximum of three photographs for a chance to win a maximum first prize of £300, plus a chance to be published on the LU Arts/RADAR Flickr page and feature in the Freefest exhibition later in the year.

All entries should be submitted by e-mailing them to or sending them using by no later than 20th February. Full terms and conditions are available here:

Library Housekeeping System Downtime on Tuesday 3rd February – COMPLETED


The Library’s Aleph housekeeping system will be down for essential maintenance next Tuesday, 3rd February. While this work is undertaken, all the self-issue machines will be switched off and all book issues and returns must be done via the Customer Services desk on Level 3.

We are hoping that the work will be concluded by the afternoon, but the system should be considered at risk until we get the all-clear from Ex Libris.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Maintenance Work in the Library Beginning February

IMGP7883Beginning on Monday 2nd February Facilities Management will be replacing two aging chiller units in the basement of the Library building Plant Room.

These units are being replaced during the colder winter period as the cooling units are not deemed as necessary so much at this time. It is hoped the Library will be able to have a more stable temperature once these poorly performing units have been replaced.

This work is expected to be finished by Friday 17th April. It is not anticipated that this work will cause much noise or disruption to the Library in general as it will be carried out via the loading bay at the rear of the building. However the access road between the Library and the entrance to the Village Bar may be blocked at times while the contractors carry out the work.