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

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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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Share your love of reading with others. Let us know your favourite book from childhood or the best book you have read recently or your absolute favourite book of all time or a quote from your favourite author...

Simply click the button and pop something into the Padlet (book, quote, image, etc.):

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  • Recently added titles

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

    We also have a range of ebooks to read for pleasure whilst you are working and studying from home. You can view these by clicking here.


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  • 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.


  • 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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