Bibliotherapy for Mental Health Awareness, 2 March

Have you seen the Library’s bibliotherapy display on our Ground Floor promoting a new Bibliotherapy online reading list. It is just one of several initiatives promoting University Mental Health Day on Thursday 2 March include themed talks and walks – which begin at the Chaplaincy behind the Library.

‘Bibliotherapy’ means therapeutic reading to help us understand our mental and emotional troubles, and how to cope with them. The Library holds a selection of self-help books on a variety of challenges including stress, anxiety, addition, bereavement and insomnia, to name but a few.

Reading students can use our Talis Aspire Bibliotherapy online reading list to see which books are available to them online or are loanable from the Library. Alternativly pick up a leaflet from the display or check out the useful resources, including guides and bibliotherapy lists, produced by UoR Counselling and Wellbeing.

Maybe one of these bibliotherapy books can help you begin to turn your world around – after all, 2 March is also World Book Day!

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Law students! Learn LexisLibrary with Zoobia

hammer-719066_640Unfortunately, University of Reading Law students will be unable to meet LexisNexis Student Associate, Zoobia Abbasi in the Library on Wednesday 1 February, as previously planned. However, please do get in touch with her about future training sessions.

Zoobia provides training in LexisLibrary, an online legal database providing legal cases and journals for law students as well as access to material used by professional lawyers. She also runs legal research certification sessions for law students, much sought after by employers, and which count towards the University’s RED Award.

At her weekly drop-in sessions, students can ask questions or attend demos. Demos are usually 5-10 mins long and cover for instance: how to search journals, EU Law, commercial awareness and Halsbury’s Laws of England using LexisLibrary.

Look out for her white and black flag!

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator
for Zoobia Abbasi


Engage with Cengage primary sources event: 20 January

Blue rectangles arranged in a circle next to the word 'Cengage'Looking for ideas for your dissertation? Drop in to the Library’s Ground Floor this Friday 20 January 2017, anytime 10:00-16:00, to explore some full-text, primary sources available via the Artemis Primary Sources Platform, from one of our main suppliers, Cengage. Cengage staff will be on hand to demonstrate these resources to help you discover primary sources and possible topics for your dissertation:

To see the full range of e-resources to which the University of Reading Library subscribes, see our Databases by subject or Databases A-Z lists.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Two new exhibitions to enjoy!

Art Nouveau-style bookplate of the clergyman Rev. Christie Chetwynd The Special Collections team have put together a couple of new exhibitions featuring materials in the University’s collections.

In the glass cabinets on the Ground Floor of the Library is an exhibition featuring marks of ownership in rare books. Rare books often contain a variety of features which make them important and interesting historical artefacts beyond their texts. This exhibition invites the viewer to explore the private relationship between readers and their books, and the variety of different ways in which book owners (both famous and long forgotten) from the seventeenth to the twentieth century have indicated ownership of their books through the use of bookplates, decorated bindings, inscriptions and annotations. Catch this display until 30 September.

On display at the Special Collections Service until 16 September is a collection of materials relating to the University’s 90th anniversary. The exhibition looks back to the University’s origins as a technical college for the people of Reading, and its journey towards independence. Find out about the men and women from 90 years of Reading’s history who made the University what it is today. The display features items from the University’s own archive, including the Royal Charter itself.

Fiona Melhuish, UMASCS Librarian


Collections Research Fair, 27 April

Collections Reseach Fair poster with images of old papers, girl in lab coat examining bones, archive boxes on shelvesEver considered what fascinating research you could do using treasures held right here in our own University Museums and Special Collections?  Researchers (and potential researchers) from all schools and disciplines are invited to drop in to to talk informally to collection staff at their Collection Research Fair, University Library foyer, Whiteknights, 12:30-15:00, Wednesday 27 April 2016. Tell them about your project or research interests, and they will suggest how the University’s unique holdings could fit in with your work.

Meet representatives from each of the University of Reading’s archives, museums and libraries listed below. They will be ready to field your questions, with catalogues, collections lists and sample objects to hand!

Sign up on Eventbrite for reminders and further information about the Collections Research Fair.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator for
Dr Paddy Bullard, Associate Professor in Literature and Book History,

Our recycling’s rubbish at exam-time!

Grey display boards with posters, black sacks and post-box with big eyes on it advertising how to improve recycling efforts.Recently we held an exhibition to show how Library users can help fix an environmental problem in the Library. Statistics show that during busy periods, including exam-time, waste tonnage collected in the Library goes up but the percentage of recycling goes down. This is most obvious in the Group Study Areas of the 2nd and 4th Floors.

Graph showing recycling levels dip and waste rise at exam time

What can we do?

  1. Please take a moment to be more environmentally friendly by:
    • putting used coffee cups in the waste bin! If our recycling company sees bin bags contaminated with used cups or drink dregs, they won’t take it – and the whole bag goes to landfill. Many people are unaware of this and would help if they understood.
    • put recycling in the right bin. (The exhibition tells you more about which paper,  metal and plastics we recycle here).
  2. Look out soon for our ‘roving slop bin‘, on test for University Estates & Facilities, coming to various parts of the Library soon. Is this bin type the solution to the problem of where to dispose of unfinished drinks before we bin the container? Let us know what you think below, or post your comments in the Sustainability Team Green Box(check out those googlie eyes!) beside the exhibition.

More information

For more news about this project, please contact the Library’s Environmental Champion, Sam Tyler.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator