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, 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:, 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?

Discover the Gone Girl with Club 790

gone-girl-400x400-imadu8yszepkzbvdClub 790, our student book club, will be meeting up before the Christmas vacation on Monday 8th December in the Library Staff Room at 7pm. The novel chosen for discussion this time is Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller Gone Girl.

All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still purchase it from Amazon 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?

Don’t Distress this Autumn – De-Stress!

NSAD-2013-Logo-300x240Today is National Stress Awareness Day, so what better time to remind you mind of the many ways the Library can help you at this tricky halfway stage through the first term 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.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Their emphasis is on promoting psychological wellbeing of people at work so that they can perform at their peak. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.

Run the Maze with Club 790

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After our very succesful (and extremely well-attended!) re-launch last month, our very own student book club, Club 790, meets up for the first time next Monday at 7pm in the Library, when the novel under discussion will be the phemonenally popular dystopian adventure The Maze Runner.

Club 790 meets up every few 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 turn up – bring a bite to eat along with you too, if you’d like, and we can turn it into a bit of a supper!

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

Man Booker Prize 2014 Winner Announced

richard flanagan by anetzCongratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan (pictured) who last night won the prestigious £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his stirring wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The selection for this year’s prize caused some controversy when the competition was opened to all authors writing in English, provoking many to believe that the contest would be dominated by American authors, who were previously excluded; though ultimately this year’s shortlist included only two Americans, along with three British and one Australian.

We’ll be getting a copy of Flanagan’s novel in due course, but we do already have a growing selection of previous Booker winners and nominees among our Leisure Reading section on Level 4, including last year’s winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Why not pop upstairs and have a browse?

Richard Flanagan image by Anetz, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Club 790 Flies Again!

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Club 790 is a book club exclusively for students. If you fancy reading and chatting about great novels, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities such as cinema and theatre trips, then why not come along to the official launch at 7pm on Monday 20th October in the Village Bar?

  • Special offers on food and refreshments (scampi and chips £2.95!)
  • Guest speaker: the Student Wordsmith (Sophie-Louise Hyde, Loughborough graduate)
  • Pick up a brand new copy of The Maze Runner, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
  • Exciting prize draw!
  • Leisure reading display

For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending by contacting Sharon Reid at the Library:

Need a Bit of a Boost? Look No Further…

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As today is World Mental Health Day, and with the weather turning nasty and the nights drawing in, what better time to remind you about our range of Books on Prescription and Mood Boosting books up among the Leisure Reading section on Level 4 to help give you a bit of a boost for the start of term.

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. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough’s public library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town, right next to the park.

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.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, first celebrated in 1992. It’s an initiative run by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every year it highlights a particular mental health theme, with this year’s theme being “Living with Schizophrenia”.

To find out more, visit the World Mental Health Day site here:

Face to Little Face with Club 790

littlefacereallybig_indexClub 790, our own student book club, meets up for the last time time this academic year next Wednesday (11th June) in the Library at 5.30pm, when the book under discussion will be Sophie Hannah’s unsettling crime thriller, Little Face.

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?