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Reading for You is a collection of general interest fiction and non-fiction books. 

Why I am no longer talking to white people about race,

We believe that a higher education experience is worth so much more than what people earn after graduating. Reading for You is about emphasising wellbeing, understanding, wisdom and wider potential alongside academic excellence.

Look out for displays in your campus library and on our Instagram account and if you have any suggestions for books to add to our Reading for You collection please use the Get More Books form to let us know.

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  • Reading for You Competition Winners!

    This year, Library Services asked our students for title suggestions to add to our Reading for You collection in return for entry into a prize draw to win some book tokens. We would like to thank all our participants for a large number of excellent suggestions which we will be shortly be adding to our library shelves to further expand our Reading for You collection. We're also very pleased to announce that the following two titles were randomly selected as our competition winners:

    Klara and the sun, Book cover for Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Suggested by Katie Moffat, Brampton Road campus


    'The Sun always has ways to reach us.'


    From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

    me vs brain RFY, Book cover of Me vs Brain: An overthinker's guide to life

    Me vs Brain: An Overthinker's Guide to Life by Hayley Morris 

    Suggested by Opal Goldring, Ambleside campus


    'An insightful, intimate account of modern life that is a joy to read, with shades of Dolly Alderton's Everything I Know About Love.' - Scarlett Sangster, iNews


    In this book, I've overthought absolutely everything so you don't have to. I'll be talking about everything from dating to discharge, and mental health to menstrual cups. I might not be able to banish your anxiety or make you feel 100% comfortable in your skin, but I hope I can at least give you a break from the constant brain chatter and we can rejoice and laugh at how similar we actually all are.



  • Recently added titles

    Here is just a small selection of the titles we have purchased for the Reading for You collection:

    Ebooks to read for pleasure whilst you are working and studying from home, you can view these by clicking here.

    Me and white supremacy,

    An indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don't know where to begin.

    "Layla is an extremely powerful communicator. From the first page, you will be glued to this book. It should be mandatory reading. The message is urgent and the book is actionable and practical. Buy this book for yourself, do the work, and then push more copies it into the hands of everyone you know." Emma Gannon, Sunday Times bestselling author.

    Let Us Dream,

    "Let Us Dream is about crisis, change, and how we, both as individuals and globally, can emerge from the madness of this year as better people.

    Written in response to the pandemic, it’s a powerful exploration of how the Pope has responded to crises in his own life, and an analysis of today’s society, which was so brutally exposed by the global lockdown: both the stark inequalities, and the generosity of spirit that was displayed by so many. He urges us to ensure that the pain was not in vain; that we can learn from this and come out the other side stronger and fairer."

    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir, book cover - Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Book

    "Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence."
    Homegoing, book cover - Homegoing

    A BBC Top 100 Novels that Shaped Our World

    "Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself."

    Last wilderness, book cover - Last wilderness

    Shortlisted for the 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize

    "The experience of being in nature alone is here set within the context of a series of walks that Neil Ansell takes into the most remote parts of Britain, the rough bounds in the Scottish Highlands. He illustrates the impact of being alone as part of nature, rather than outside it."

    Meadowland, book cover - Meadowland What really goes on in the long grass?

    "Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December, together with its biography."
    Dear England,

    Stephen Cottrell is the Archbishop of York AND Chancellor of the University of Cumbria

    'Stephen Cottrell writes about Christ as if he were here now. As if redemption were possible for all of us, as if the void that threatens to engulf us all could be filled by a personal relationship with Christ in the present. He is a compelling writer.' - Russell Brand 

    The Handmaids tale, book cover - The Handmaids tale

    "I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light."

    "Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction."

    The Salt Path, book cover - The Salt Path


    "The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways."

    The Wolf Border, book cover - The Wolf Border

    The Wolf Border investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human.

    "For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District."

  • Wellbeing Collection

    One in four people experience mental health issues at some point in their lives (NHS, 2022) and it can be the case that the pressures of university of study exacerbate existing conditions for some students whereas others encounter issues such as anxiety or low mood for the first time during their course.

    As a university, we wish to nurture our students' wellbeing and so in conjunction with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, the Library has launched a new stand to Reading for You called the Wellbeing Collection.

    Titles in this collection have been specially selected to help you work through some of these issues to improve your wellbeing and to help you thrive in your studies and in your life outside university. Some of the topics in the collection include: 

    • Managing stress 
    • Low mood 
    • Anxiety 
    • Self-care 
    • Mindfulness

    The padlet below features some highlights from the Wellbeing Collection:

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    For further resources, take a look at the Wellbeing Collection Reading List.

    If you would like to recommend a title or suggest a topic to be covered by the Wellbeing Collection, add a post to our padlet

    Wisdom and Sources of Solace Reading List

    "Wisdom is clearly more than mere intelligence, knowledge of facts, or information. Wisdom is more a dance than a march". Richard Rhor, The Wisdom Pattern

    Our students and staff have shared the books that have made a positive difference to their life and helped us compile the Words of Wisdom and Sources of Solace Reading List. These titles might help you reconnect with your inner self, enrich your lived experience or simply gain a different philosphical perspective on being human.

    We would love to hear about the books that have had a positive impact on our students and staff. Please email your receommendation to and we can add your suggestion to the reading list.

  • Inclusion and Diversity

    The Reading Agency say that reading for pleasure can "increase our understanding of our identity and gives us an insight into the world views of others". We want to develop our collections to include a wider range of voices from different backgrounds and experiences and to reflect the diversity we celebrate in our students. 

    Here is a list of reading list on topics of inclusion and decolonisation to show the range of resources already available in the library collections. 

    Please feel free to use the discussion feature to contribute to the conversation or email us at If you have any suggestions for titles to be purchased for the library, you can place a request using the Get More Books scheme.


  • Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival Collection

    Borderlines is a festival that balances bringing major national and international names to Carlisle with celebrating and showcasing fantastic local talent.

    Find out more about the festival here: 

    Here is a selection of books available to borrow from the University of Cumbria library that have featured in the Borderlines festival:

    Borderlines 2002 A Village in the Third Reich, Borderlines 2002 Authenticity, Borderlines 2002 Gay Bar,
    Borderlines 2002 I belong here, Borderlines 2002 Journey to Britannia, Borderlines 2002 Lake district landscape,
    Borderlines 2002 Lets Talk, Borderlines 2002 Some Body to Love, Borderlines 2002 The fake up,
    Borderlines 2002 the modern craft,    
  • White Ribbon Collection

    The University of Cumbria became White Ribbon UK Accredited in June 2022, joining the global White Ribbon movement to end men's violence against women. The mission of White Ribbon is for all men to fulfill the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. You can find out more via

    Here is a selection of books available to borrow from the library to support the aims of White Ribbon UK

    White Ribbon after metoo, White Ribbon Creating Safe Space, White ribbon Mens Violence Against Women Theory,  
    White Ribbon Male peer support, White Ribbon Mens work in preventing, White Ribbon Narrative therepy,
    White Ribbon Masculinities violence culture,   White Ribbon thousand splendid suns, White Ribbon Preventing violence,
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