Brush Up on Your Revision & Exam Skills


In anticipation of the forthcoming exam period the Library is offering a couple of free workshops this month offering support and advice on revision and exam techniques.

The workshops are both taking place in the Library’s Seminar Room 1 so why not book a place now via our Learn page. The workshops are:

  • Revising effectively – Tuesday 5th May 2015,  12.00 -12.50 pm
  • Effective exam technique – Tuesday 12th May 2015, 1.00 -1.50 pm

Further information can also be found on our revision and exams webpage.

Good luck to all of you taking exams!

World Book Night – More Popular Than Ever!


Our World Book Night stand this lunchtime was as popular as ever, as the picture above demonstrates – all the books and all the cake went within the first hour!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to stop by – we hope you enjoy your book, and we hope you enjoyed your cake! Don’t forget that we have loads more novels in our ever-expanding Leisure Reading section upstairs, so if you fancy a break from your text-books, pop upstairs for a browse. Or if reading really is your thing, why not join our friendly once-a-month Student Book Club?

(If you’d like to see more pictures from the event, nip across to the Library’s Facebook page, where we’ve posted some more shots in one of our galleries. Shout out if you spot yourself!)

4 Levels 6 Seconds – Take Our Vine Challenge!


Every year the Library holds a competition and this year the focus is to create a short video (Vine). We would like a Vine that captures 6 seconds of what makes your University Library great! 

We are keen to ensure our media presence is useful, providing news and information about our services but we also want it to be eye catching, engaging and relevant for students, staff and prospective students and this is where you come in.

Maybe you want us to highlight the many resources we have, show off our refurbished spaces or perhaps you simply want us to be more fun.

Whatever your take we want your Vine!

Our 2015 competition will run from April 27th to May 15th 2015

  • Entrants can submit up to 3 of your own Vines.
  • Each entry must have a title and may include an optional description.
  • There are no restrictions in the use of any digital enhancements.
  • The competition is open to Loughborough University employees and students.
  • Entrants must obtain permission from anyone appearing in their entry.

When Vines are submitted, entrants to the competition should provide their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and also their position in the University and where the Vine was taken. The University Library will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.

We will select a number of Vines to go on our Facebook page and then the University Library marketing group will make the final decision. Selection will take place at the end of May and a message will be placed on our Facebook page.

The 3 best entries will receive £20 Amazon vouchers each.

Entries should be sent as an email attachment to by May 15th 2015.

For further details and rules & conditions, visit this link:

Help Us Celebrate World Book Night on Thursday


If you’re in the Library this Thursday lunchtime, why not stop by our stand in the Library foyer and help us celebrate World Book Night by grabbing yourself a FREE book and a delicious piece of home-made cake.

We’ll be giving away copies of three novels (you can find out which on the day) along with a selection of cakes and snacks. In previous years (including last year, pictured above) the books and cakes have disappeared in super quick-time, so it really is a case of first come, first served – pop along early to avoid missing out on a treat.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23rd April (we delayed our celebration for a week until you were all back from your Easter holidays!). It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.

International Student Book Club

peaceful mind in libraryDo you like reading stories and meeting people from other cultures? Would you like to develop your skills in spoken English? If so, this club is for you. You will discover the pleasure of reading short books by well-known authors and sharing your ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The club is free to join and you will be provided with all the books we discuss on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley at or just come to our meeting in the Library tomorrow (Tuesday 28th April) at 5pm.

All students are welcome to the established Loughborough University Student Book Club where we discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?

Image by Cassie Wang, an entry in our 2012 Photography Competition.

World Book Night 2015

wbnToday marks World Book Night, the annual celebration of books and reading. And if you’re wondering why the Library isn’t marking the occasion… well, we are, but we’ve simply decided to postpone the event until next week, once term has started and everyone is back to help us celebrate it!

So you are hereby formally invited to join us in the Library foyer on Thursday 30th April between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Drop by and pick up a free novel, take a look at our Leisure Reading display and, most important of all, sample our delicious refreshments! It will be first come, first served, so get here early!

World Book Night is run by the Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Every 23rd April volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. The Library is always proud to participate in the event, as previous blog entries show!

Depression Awareness Week

ImageGenAs this week is Depression Awareness Week, and with the start of term and the exam season looming, we thought it was a good time to remind you of some of the ways we can help you through this potentially fraught time of the year.

We’ve prepared a range of useful study modules on Learn under the banner of Learning Central Online, ten units on a variety of topics which will help take the stress out of your work by enabling you to further enhance your information literacy and study skills and hopefully your degree classification. The skills you learn here can be used both in your studies and when you go out to work. We also offer a handy Stress help sheet, with helpful tips on how to minimise stress, which is free to download, and we stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions!

The University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

Depression Awareness Week is organised annually by the charity Depression Alliance, who have a wide range of helpful advice on their website here.

Don’t Be Reluctant – Join the Club!

the-reluctant-fundamentalist__120722181344-200x309What better way to start the term than come along to our first Student Book Club of the summer, which will be gathering on Monday, April 27th to discuss Mohsin Hamid’s Booker Prize nominated drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom at 7pm – just ask at the Customer Services Desk for directions. All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still buy it for your Kindle or from local booksellers

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Leisure Reading – The Top Ten of the Top Floor

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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!!)