Bag a Book at the Laundrette!

BC5If you’re stuck for something to do while your laundry is churning away at the Campus Laundrette near the EHB, why not help yourself to something from the BookCrossing basket we’ve recently set up there?

You may already have seen our baskets of books at the Village Bar, the Martin Hall Bistro, the Student Hub and the ‘S’ Building. This basket replaces the one we used to have in the Fuel Box in the EHB. Just look for the books with the friendly yellow sticker above!

BookCrossing is the leisure reading phenomenon with the aim of encouraging us all to read more for pleasure. Designed as a ‘read me then release’ me scheme, the way it works is that you take any book you fancy, then, once you’ve finished reading it, pass it on for someone else to enjoy. To add to the fun, every book has been given its own ID number, so you can track its journey via the website.

However, to keep the scheme rolling we do need a constant supply of books to keep the baskets topped up! So, if you have any leisure reading books you’re happy to donate to the scheme, we’d really like to have them. Ideally we’d like good quality novels and biographies, autobiographies or memoirs. Please bring them to one of the Library desks, mentioning that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme, and we’ll do the rest!

Treat Yourself to a Little Light Reading this Easter

easter eggs by marek52

The Easter vacation is almost upon us, and while many of you are likely to be stocking up on books for revision over the holiday period (aren’t you?), we’d just like to remind you of the old adage about all work and play making one a rather dull person. So why not beat this by helping yourself to something from our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4?

With an ever-expanding range to choose from – over 400 books at the last count - encompassing literary classics old and new, award-winning novels, celebrity autobiographies, art, historical sagas, cinema & TV adaptations, contemporary poetry and a wide selection of popular graphic novels, we’re certain there’s something to meet every taste, whether it’s something long and engrossing to tide you over the whole month, or something short and sweet to tempt your jaded reading palate. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse today?

Easter eggs by Marek52, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Self-help, and Mood-boosting books now available!


Eleanor Trigg, Mental Health Support Team; Carol Neath, Loughborough Public Library, Sharon Reid, University Library.

The University Library, University Mental Health Support Team and Loughborough Public Library have been working together to make available a wealth of new material. 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. Take a look at this link for the range of titles available in the series. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough Public Library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town.

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. Why not come up and have a browse?

For further information about these schemes:

If you enjoy reading and discussing books in a relaxed and cosy environment, come and join Club 790, the Student Book Club. Contact Sharon Reid at or jump into the discussion via the Club’s Facebook page:

Have a Slice of Pi…

pi by tj blackwell

As today is National Pi Day, what better time to remind you of some the magnificent mathematical resources we have at the Library?

Aside from all the books and journals we have on the topic down on Level 1 and online, we have access to a host of mathematical databases, including MathWorld – the web’s most extensive mathematics resource – and PlanetMath, a collaborative virtual community which aims to help make mathematical knowledge more accessible.

If numbers aren’t quite your thing and you’d like a quirkier interpretation of the theme, why not pop up to our Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4 and borrow a copy of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize winning The Life of Pi?

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

To find out more, visit the Pi Day website here.

Pi image by T.J. Blackwell, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Come Fly a Kite with Club 790!

kite runner by earthwormClub 790, our own student book club, meets once more before the Easter vacation, when the book under discussion will be Khaled Hosseini’s highly popular and thought-provoking The Kite Runner (a personal favorite of ours too!)

We’ll be meeting up in the Library on Wednesday 19th March at 5.30pm. We’ve still got some copies of the novel available to be borrowed for the meeting from the main Customer Services Desk on Level 3 – just ask a member of staff on duty there for a copy.

Club 790 meets up every six weeks during term time in the Library. It costs nothing to join and all books will be provided free-of-charge (although we do ask that you return the books to us after the meeting). All you have to do is read the book and turn up!

For more information email Sharon Reid:, or why not join our Facebook page?

The Kite Runner cover image by Earthworm, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Our Tree Runneth Over!


The University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day a couple of weeks ago was, by all accounts, a rampant success, and our own little stand down at the SU Building, to promote the joys of our Leisure Reading collection and its own section of mood-boosting books and ‘Books On Prescription’, went down really well – as you can tell from the number of suggestions we had stuck on our very own Mood-Boosting Tree 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. Well, we were overwhelmed with fantastic entries (just compare & contrast the image above with the image we took here before we took the tree down to the SU!) and we’re now happy to announce that the winner of our £25 Amazon Kindle voucher was Katie Burns from English and Drama, who was inspired while growing up by The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson. Well done Katie!

We haven’t forgotten about the other entries, though, as we’ll be checking through them all to see which of these inspirational works we currently don’t hold in stock, and look to purchase them for addition to our collection. So a big THANK YOU for everyone who helped inspire us – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

Tell Us Your Novel Experiences for a Chance to Win a £25 Kindle Voucher!

treeTomorrow is University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day, and to mark the occasion there’s a day of fun-filled events happening down at the Student Union Building between 12-4pm.

We’ll be running a stand down there too, to promote our Leisure Reading collection and its new section of Mood-Boosting books (recognisible upstairs by their new shiny stickers!) and another section of ‘Books on Prescription’ (self help titles based on cognitive behavioural therapy), as well as our student book club, Club 790. To find us, just look for the tree! It’s not just any old tree, though – we’ll be asking you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, write down why and stick it on the tree (pictured just opposite). The most creative & inspiring response will receive a prize of a £25 Amazon Kindle voucher.

If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, then there’s bound to something else happening down at the SU that will, including a tasty Farmer’s Market by the fountain, a bouncy castle, a chance to learn some circus skills, and a wide programme of uplifting talks and advice sessions, all set to the soundtrack of live acoustic music. And the Vice Chancellor himself will be signing the Time to Change pledge on behalf of the University and the Students Union at 1pm. What more could you ask for to brighten your day?

The ultimate aim of University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day is to inspire people to think about and challenge the stigma which unfortunately still surrounds mental health issues. For further information about the day, take a peek at this poster. And to find out more about our new Mood-Boosting selection, visit this site by the Reading Agency which tells you more about the scheme.

Shades of Booker Top Public Library Borrowing

hilary mantelHilary Mantel has become the first Booker Prize winner to break into the Top 10 most borrowed books from British public libraries according to new Public Lending Right (PLR) figures released this week.

Bring Up the Bodies, the 2012 winner of the prestigious literary prize, was eighth in the list, which was dominated (no pun intended!!) by Lee Child, whose popular Jack Reacher novels The Affair and A Wanted Man occupied first and second spot, and with E.L. James steamy bondage romance Fifty Shades of Grey third. Last year’s top favorite, crime writer Lee Patterson, slipped down to fourth.

The Public Lending Right was established in 1979, ensuring that all lending income goes directly to the author. Presently the top rate in £6600 for the top-lending authors.

We’re quite well represented by these authors ourselves among our Leisure Reading collection up on Level 4, including Bring Up the Bodies, Lee Child’s Killing Floor, and, perhaps appropriately for Valentine’s Day, Fifty Shades of Grey – with or without plain brown wrapper!

“I love the Library!”

National Libraries Day2Our National Libraries Day goody-giveaway last Friday was a rampant success, and we’d like to thank EVERYONE who participated with our little survey about our new Level 4 and its Leisure Reading collection. We received a lot of very nice comments from people, including the following:

“It’s spacious, it’s comfortable, it isn’t loud – perfect for studying… I love the Library. Massive selection of academic and leisure books. I always feel comfortable here and I achieve a lot academically. The staff are also very helpful :)”

Which quite nicely capped our day!

Have a Sweet Treat on Us for National Libraries Day

national libraries dayTo mark National Libraries Day this weekend we’ll be running a little stand up on Level 4 from 11am where we’ll be extolling the virtues of libraries in general and our own facilities in particular, especially our wonderful new (and ever so popular!) Level 4 and the literary pleasures of the Leisure Reading collection contained upon its shelves up there. And in return for a couple of minutes of your time telling us what you think of these new facilities, we’ll top up your chocolate levels with a free treat. What more could you ask for?

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. To find out more, visit the campaign’s website here.