Mash-up – World book Day and University Mental Health Day

5th March 2020 saw the annual World Book Day coincide with University Mental Health Day.  To celebrate both themes we asked our users to suggest their favourite ‘feel good’ books.  We hoped the concept of ‘feel good’ would be broad enough to encourage a range of titles to be suggested and we weren’t disappointed. ‘Feel …

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Books, chocs and lots for Wellbeing

Across all our libraries we have continued to work at providing wellbeing activities for our staff and students. Read on to see what we've been up to... World Book Day 8 March (all campuses) We celebrated by asking students in the libraries and online to submit your favourite book, via a little speech bubble card. …

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Desert sandstorms, global pandemics and castles under attack!

Students co-operate to save the world on a Friday afternoon in the Library! You may have noticed something strange going on at the back of the Platform on Level 3 of the JHB Library on Friday 29 March… The Library has been collaborating with the award-winning Tabletop Gaming Society (Brookes Union Society of the Year …

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“Can’t you just give us 2 sides of A4?” Stepping up Library use from school to higher education

People who work in libraries love talking to other people who work in libraries about good ideas and good professional practice. And school libraries and school librarians are key to helping pupils learn and succeed, both at school and in later study and life (as the #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign is currently pointing out!) So when I …

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Beating the winter blues for Disability History Month

The nights are drawing in and exams are approaching, so for Disability History Month we're compiling a Spotify playlist of uplifting tunes to help beat the winter blues. Submit your suggestions on Twitter or Instagram using #BeatTheWinterBlues or indulge in the full list. Tune in, grab a cosy blanket and a cuppa and enjoy! -- Jayne …

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Tell us what you think – we’re always interested to hear your views!

We do like hearing back from users of the Library.  It's really helpful to know what works well and what causes frustration.  At Headington, we have 'Tell us what you think' forms that are available for anyone to complete. We tend to get a range of comments from good, 'excellent reservation service' and 'thank you …

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Wordsearches, puzzles and other wellbeing activities

Earlier in October we hopped on board the Libraries Week bandwagon and offered a range additional activities that might provide five minutes relief from essays and assignments.  We provided activities ranging from grown-up colouring in pictures to zentangles (structured pattern drawings) to jigsaw puzzles and fiction freebies.  We also created a new (small) space that …

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Tell us your ONE library tip for first years

At the end of last semester we asked you to provide some tips for first year students.  We had some great responses from across all the sites.  Some were highly practical ('read the books') while others were more esoteric ('Pain is temporary, pride is forever').   In general the tips you provided broke down into broad …

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Dear Easter Bunny…

We asked students at Headington, Wheatley and Harcourt Hill to fill in postcards saying: Dear Easter Bunny, I’d love it if the Library could…   The feedback we received was fabulously varied and we got excellent responses from across the three sites.  (Swindon feedback coming soon!).  The general themes of the comments are listed below with …

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