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!!)

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.

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

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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:


International Student Book Club

照片 2Do 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 s.l.c.bosley@lboro.ac.uk, or just come to our first meeting in the Library on 3rd February from 5pm to 6pm.

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: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?

Image by Ningyi Jiang, an entry in our 2012 Photography Competition.

The First Rule of the Student Book Club Is… To Tell Everyone About the Student Book Club!


The Student Book Club meets again in February when the book up for discussion will be Chuck Palahniuk’s hard-hitting (no pun intended!) cult 1996 novel Fight Club.

The Club will be meeting at 7pm on Monday 9th February in the Library Staff Room.

Copies are presently available to borrow from the L3 desk, or alternately you can purchase a copy for £3.59 if you own a Kindle.

For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library, or why not visit our Facebook page and join the discussion there?

Take Home a Little (Extra!) Light Reading This Christmas…

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The Christmas vacation is looming, and while everyone is looking forward to a nice break (well, we are, anyway!), sometimes you can find yourself stuck for something to do. Let’s face it, the Christmas television schedule isn’t always wonderful, and not everybody likes to play Monopoly – so why not take yourself off into a quiet corner and curl up with a good book or two… or even three or four!

This is now completely possible, as we’ve just increased the number of items you can borrow from our Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4 from two to four books. What’s even better, from this Friday you can keep the books for the entire vacation, rather than the usual two-week period.

With an ever-expanding range to choose from – over 400 and counting – 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 of the festive season, or something short and sweet to sustain you in that ever-irritating gap between Christmas dinner and the Doctor Who Xmas Special. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse today?