Celebrating National Libraries Week 2018: Can a book exchange improve mental health?

 

The theme for Libraries Week, 8–13 October is wellbeing, providing libraries with a chance to celebrate how they are supporting their community.

At the Mary Seacole Library, City South Campus, there is a great initiative running, a Book Exchange. Resources and a space for reading for pleasure have been provided. A chat with the Library Advisor working on this project outlined how the Exchange is set-up, how it can support students and staff to take time out of their busy lives, to relax, and in so doing improve their mental health through the simple act of reading.

What is the Book Exchange?

“It is a collection of fiction and non-fiction books that have been donated by staff and students who no longer want them but really want to share the pleasure of reading with others. Library colleagues set it up and I now have the pleasure of taking it on.”

Where is the Book Exchange?

“You can find it on the right hand side, immediately on entering through the Mary Seacole Library security gates. It has recently been relocated to this position to ensure more people see it, and get to enjoy the collection. Over the summer the books have been reorganised by genre and the collection was expanded.”

How can reading help with people’s mental wellbeing?

“It has been shown that reading can provide relaxation, motivation to learn, knowledge of other cultures, improvements in self-esteem, reduce symptoms of depression, increase empathy, improve communication and also help with creativity and imagination.”

The types of books in the Book Exchange?

“All sorts. Romantic fiction, historical fiction, crime, mystery, thriller, assorted popular fiction…lots.”

If I want to borrow a book from the Exchange what do I need to do?

“Just take a book off the Book Exchange shelves if you fancy it. You don’t need your borrower card. Just take it away. When you finish with it simply hand it in at the Library Helpdesk or place it on the Book Exchange shelves and staff will sort them.”

Can anyone donate books they’ve finished with?

“Absolutely. All books are welcomed. Just bring them to the Help Desk in the library or pop them on the Book Exchange shelves.”

What are your hopes this year for the Book Exchange?

“For students I really hope taking time away from studying, (where possible), to read a book on a completely different subject, will help to benefit their mental health and wellbeing in general. A lovely bit of down time.”

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So, if you want to relax, get back in to reading, or maybe be adventurous and try a new genre, then come on down to City South. Grab a free book today and take yourself off to a different world for a little while…. Happy reading! Happy improved wellbeing!

Check out the Reading Agency too for more information about reading well for mental health.

^Posted on behalf of Fid Bleasdale, Library Advisor

How to… get started at Seacole Library

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You may have seen that Kenrick Library at City North Campus is closing it’s doors for good Friday 1st June and students from the School of Education are moving to City South Campus.

To welcome and help familiarise School of Education students with Seacole Library, Customer Services staff are running three drop in sessions. These are planned for the week commencing 4th June.

Pop along to find out:

  • what services we offer at Seacole Library
  • find out where things are
  • meet the staff who are on hand to help you

Drop ins are scheduled for:

Monday 4th June 11am – 12noon

Wednesday 6th June 11am – 12noon

Friday 8th June 11am – 12 noon

Meet staff opposite the library helpdesk.

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

How to event: Mental Health

This month’s “How to…” event is on raising awareness about Mental Health.

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We are running a series of drop in sessions at each of our campus libraries (details below) where you can learn to how …

  • Find books  and further information on mental health
  • Find out who can help you within the University
  • Use the ‘Big White Wall’ 

Workshops on the ‘Big White Wall’ are also available on Tuesday 15 May 3pm-4pm and Friday 18 May 11am-12pm, both sessions are in both in Curzon room 317. No need to book just turn up.

You can also book on free massage sessions at City South. These sessions are offered by BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy students and can be booked here

Details of when and where the “How to…” event is happening:

Date Location Time
Mon 14th May School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 15th May Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 16th May Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 17th May School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 11.00 to 12.00
Fri 18th May Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

Image reproduced with kind permission of Getty Images UK under the terms of an exclusive license agreement between BCU and Getty Images.

How to … event: Stress

As the university’s main exam period fast approaches we thought we would focus April’s  ‘How to …’ events on Stress.

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Staff will be visiting each of our campus libraries where there will be the opportunity to learn how to …

  • Cope with exams
  • Organise your assignments
  • Find books on relieving stress
  • Get some useful tips on tackling stress
  • Find out who can you help within the University

 

Pop along to one of the sessions detailed below:

Date Location Time
Mon 16th April School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 17th April Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 18th April Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 19th April  School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 20th April Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.

 

Image reproduced with kind permission of Getty Images UK under the terms of an exclusive license agreement between BCU and Getty Images.

Collection Spotlight: PEDro

A collection spotlight

PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database) is a free resource which indexes over 39,000 items.These include:

  • Randomised trials which have been independently assessed for quality
  • Systematic reviews
  • Clinical practice guidelines

For each trial, review or guideline it will include the citation and abstract, and a link to full text if this is available.

PEDro can be accessed via our A-Z of Resources.

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