Mental Health Awareness Week 8th-14th May 2017

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. In Britain the most common mental health conditions are depression and anxiety.

We have a wide range of resources focusing on Mental Health conditions. Below are just a few of the available resources. Click here for our full list.

Mental Illness by Cara Acred

Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health (2nd edition) by Alan and Vicky Cornwell

Anxiety and Stress by Cara Acred

Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (ClickView Video, available to watch on and off campus.)

Asperger’s Syndrome: A guide for parents and professionals by Tony Attwood

Dealing With Mental Illness by Craig Donnellan

A World of Pain: Meera Syal on self harm (DVD)


We also have the Sorted! Collection, this is a series of books focusing on a range of conditions and issues such as Depression, OCD and Bereavement. These books offer help and advice on dealing with these conditions. They are useful for all age groups and can be borrowed by both students and staff.

Please speak to college counselors, friends, colleagues or tutors if you are struggling with anything. Talking to someone else can help.



World Autism Awareness Week 27th March – 2nd April 2017

This week is World Autism Awareness Week. The Library has a range of resources to help people learn about this condition, and how to support those with it. We have Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder related books, E-books, documentaries and ClickView videos available. Find a selection of these titles below.


I’m Not Naughty-I’m Autistic: Jodi’s Journey by Jean Shaw

The A Word (ClickView Video)

Autism: The Facts by Simon Baron-Cohen

Autism Spectrum Disorders Through The Life Span (E-book)By Digby Tantam

Awakened By Autism: embracing autism, self and hope for a new world by Andrea Libutti

Autism In The Early Years: A Practical Guide by Val Cumine, Julia Leach and Gill Stevenson

Autism and Me  (DVD) Directed by Rory Hoy

100 Questions and Answers About Autism: expert advice from a physician/parent caregiver by Campion Quinn

The Reason I Jump: one boy’s voice from the silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

Autism: understanding the disorder by Gary Mesibov



Click here to find all our Autism resources.






International Women’s Day – 8th March 2017

Today is International Women’s Day, celebrating the achievements of women around the world. The Library has plenty of novels(fiction and non fiction) and films written and directed by women. We also have film adaptations, books and documentaries about some of them too. Come in and have a browse.

Fiction may be borrowed for three weeks and DVDs for one week. You can renew your items three times, unless they’ve been reserved by someone else.

Here are just a few of the female authors and directors available; give their names a click to see which of their titles we have available in the Library.

Jane Austen

Helen Fielding

Kathryn Bigalow

Daphne Du Maurier

Louisa May Alcott

Malala Yousafzai

J.K. Rowling

Virginia Andrews

Enid Blyton

Diana Gabaldon

The Bronte Sisters

Dodie Smith

Stephanie Meyer

Anne Fontaine

Sharon Maguire

George Eliot







Christmas Hamper & Money For Glebe House



















Once again you have all been very generous. We have put together a Christmas food hamper and raised money for Glebe House.  This is a fantastic facility offering support to our students.

We have raised £62.03p; some of this was from sales of our handmade festive decorations and some was from donations to our book exchange.

Our Gift Tree was once again a big success. People could take handmade baubles from the tree and in return donate the item printed on it (biscuits, chocolate etc) to the hamper.

Many thanks for your generosity and support.

The Library team wish all students and staff a very Merry Christmas.



Library Christmas Tree & Gifts

library-christmas-tree-finishedOur Christmas tree is one with a difference. On it you will find handmade baubles, these are made from damaged or out of date books; on the bauble you will see something written(food items or toiletries)simply take a bauble for your own tree and leave the item in the hamper under the tree.

The hamper is for the students who use Glebe House at our Nuneaton campus. Help make Christmas special for these students and get a unique bauble for your own tree.


We are also selling handmade decorations and mini Christmas trees. The trees are £3.00 each. The other decorations are 50p each. All money received goes to Glebe House.


Please speak to staff if you want to buy something. Merry Christmas.  🙂




Reading Ahead 2016/17

reading-ahead-displayThere is still time to take part in the Reading Ahead Challenge. The aim is to get you to read six things, this doesn’t just have to be books, it could be magazines, or even newspaper articles.  You will get a reading diary, and will need to write a review of what you have read as you go along.

This is a fun way to encourage reading, it’s also beneficial for those who don’t get enough reading time.

When you’ve completed your diary, you will get a certificate. There are also prizes along the way! You can sign up now to take the challenge in the Nuneaton campus Library.

We only have 10 places left, so if you are interested come and see us in the Nuneaton campus Library.

We hope those currently undertaking the challenge enjoy doing so.

Click here to see our complete Fiction list. We also have a Quick Read section, these are a collection of shorter stories.

Our Tales and Teapots Event Raises Over £60



There was a delicious smell of cake in the Nuneaton Library yesterday. The Library team held a Tales and Teapots event, this was to raise money for The National Literacy Trust. Learn more about The National Literacy Trust here.

We sold a selection of cakes, tea and soft drinks. Some cakes were made by Library staff. The Hinckley Tesco store also donated some cakes, so many thanks to them.  Students and staff enjoyed cake and a cuppa. Our Nursery children tucked into cakes, whilst they enjoyed their Library storytime.

The event raised £62.07p. Many thanks to everyone who came along. We hope you all enjoyed the cakes. 🙂





National Read a Book Day – 6th September 2016

Coutts SurpriseToday is National Read a Book Day. What better excuse do you need to pick up a book and get reading?

The Library has plenty of books for you to read here or borrow. We have a wide selection of text books, fiction, biographies, graphic novels and self-help books. Find books to help support you with your studies, and books that whisk you away to imaginary worlds.


The Nuneaton campus Library also has two book exchanges. There is one in the Library and one in the staff lounge.


Pop in and have a browse. Books may be borrowed for up to three weeks.


Mental Health Awareness Week – 16th – 20th May 2016

Mental Health Awareness ScannedThis week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

Do you want to learn more about various mental health conditions? Are you looking for help and advice? The Library can help you.


We have a display with books and DVDs on this topic in the Nuneaton campus Library. To see a full list of our available resources on this topic click here.


The Sorted! Collection

My Anxious Mind ScannedThe Sorted! Collection is a series of self-help books.

These books cover a range of issues including, anxiety, bereavement, Autism , depression and self-harm. Although primarily aimed at teenagers, many of the books are helpful to people of any age. The books can be borrowed by any Library user. There are Sorted! titles at all campus libraries.

We have recently added some books recommended by the Reading Agency on well-being issues that teenagers face.

New titles include:

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson

Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying edited by Hope Vanderberg

My Anxious Mind: A teen’s guide to managing anxiety and panic by Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine Martiznez

Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? A guide for friends, family and professionals by Brian Lask and Lucy Watson

The Reason I Jump: One boys voice from the silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About It? A CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood and depression by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson

To see everything in the Sorted! collection click here. Books can be borrowed for three weeks. They may be renewed up to three times unless they have been reserved by someone else. Is a title you want out on loan? Reserve it online.