In Library Services we are lucky enough to receive regular feedback and requests from University of Essex students and staff and where possible, we try and turn these into reality.
A lot of feedback received over the last few years has been for more leisure and wellbeing collections in the library, rather than just academic texts and course reading materials.
Well, behind the scenes we have been busily researching, demoing and negotiating with ebook and audiobook platforms and are very happy to announce that we now have a subscription to an ebook and audiobook platform (OverDrive) which staff and students at the University of Essex at all three campuses can access for free to consume wellbeing and leisure resources.
Just in time to celebrate University Mental Health Awareness Day on 9 March, the Library team, in collaboration with Occupational Health and the Students’ Union, have put together a collection of wellbeing ebooks and audiobooks for the new platform.
So, let’s dive into our new wellbeing collection and explore how to access it:
The wellbeing collection is hosted on the ebook and audiobook platform, OverDrive – which can be accessed through the library catalogue – and allows users to borrow ebooks and read or listen to them through your browser.
You can also access the wellbeing collection through the Libby app that you can download to your own device. (If you are signed up with your local public library, you may already use this app to access their collections and you can search for and add the University of Essex collection to this.)
When you find a book you would like, just click borrow and you will have access to it for 7 days. If you finish the book early, click Return to make it available to others to borrow.
The Library Services team have been working with the University of Essex Occupational Health team and Students’ Union who put forward themes and book suggestions for the collection to tie in with its launch ahead of University Mental Health Awareness Day on 9 March.
The titles cover topics such as stress and resilience, mental health, menopause, cooking on a budget, sleep and more.
We will continue to purchase more titles for the wellbeing collection and other leisure collections as they are suggested.
The Library Services curates hundreds of subscriptions for the benefit of its users, and this includes some which prioritise leisure titles and resources. A few of these are:
The Albert Sloman Library at our Colchester campus has a variety of environments to study or read in and floors are zoned: Silent, Quiet or Group Study, so you can choose study or reading environments to suit you.
The Forum at our Southend campus has several study areas which are suitable for individual or group study, or for leisure reading.
The Library and IT Centre at our Loughton campus provides study booths and a relaxation zone for you to study or curl up with a good book.
We would like to expand the ebooks and audiobooks available to University of Essex staff and students on the wellbeing collection, so if you have any suggestions, please complete our Book Suggestion form. If they are available to purchase, we will add as many as we can to the collection.
We have plans to expand our fiction and leisure collections, so watch this space!
Gisselle Giron, Dr Sarah Demelo
24 February 2023
Categories: Essex Spirit, Health and wellbeing, History of the University, Public Engagement, Arts and Culture