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 … 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.

 

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How to…contact the library

 

Library Help

We are running our How to events next week.

Library staff will be visiting all 5 of our campus libraries to show you how to get help from the library and the various different ways to contact us.

The timetable for the sessions is below:

Date Location Time
Mon 5 March School of Art Library,

Margaret Street

11:30 to 12:30
Tue 6 March Curzon Library 11:30 to 12:30
Wed 7 March Kenrick Library 11:30 to 12:30
Thu 8 March School of Jewellery Library, Vittoria Street 10:00 to 11:00
Fri 9 March Mary Seacole Library 11:30 to 12:30

Hope to see you there!

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

How to… find a study space

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Did you know that the library offers a variety of different study spaces?

Come along to one of our drop in sessions at Seacole Library and

 

  • Find a study space that suits you
  • Learn more about the learning area in the new building at City South Campus
  • Use PC finder
  • Identify study zones within the library

The drop in sessions are running on the following dates and times at Seacole Library:

Monday 5  February 10:00 to 11:00
Tuesday 6  February 11:00 to 12:00
Wednesday 7  February 12:00 to 13:00
Thursday 8  February 13:00 to 14:00
Friday 9  February 12:00 to 13:00

Find us at the comfy seating area in the Library by the Self-Service Machines

 

^ Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin, Customer Services, Seacole Library

How to…find more than books on the library shelves

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This is the second of our ‘How to…’ pop up events.

Last time we concentrated on Getting Started using the library, this month we are helping you find what else the library has beyond the books on the shelves.

Come along to one of our ‘How to’ sessions and learn more about:

  • Using Summon to find books, journal and newspaper articles
  • How to get the books you need, when another students has them out on loan
  • How to get books that are on the catalogue, but at a different campus
  • How to get books and articles that your library does not hold
Date Times @ Curzon Library Times @ Seacole Library
Mon 6th November 12noon – 1pm  10am – 11am
Tues 7th November 10am – 11am  11am -12noon
Wed 8th November 11am – 12noon  12noon –  1pm
Thurs 9th November 1pm – 2pm  1pm -2pm
Friday 10th November 10am – 11am  11am – 12noon

 

Location of the ‘How to…’ events

Curzon library: meet library staff opposite the entrance on the first floor of the library

Seacole library: meet library staff by the comfy seating area next to the self service machines

Look forward to seeing you there.

^Trudi