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!!)

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:, 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.