Leisure Reading

By Luke Velani

The library is a wonderful place with an enormous collection of books and resources for us all to enjoy. Yet, this does not have to just be limited to the academic realm. Engagement with leisure reading is equally important, which is why we are keen to share our personal favourites with you.  

The Library has a large array of non-fiction and fiction books, allowing you to explore familiar topic and expand upon new interests.  For me, a quick search on the online catalogue came up with my all-time favourites, including books by Enid Blyton and J.K Rowling. If you’re not too sure where to start, researching recommended books online is a good start. You could also ask one of the many library staff members for their recommendations. Maybe you want a book that is not currently available? We have also got that covered. Make an online suggestion on the More Books page and Library staff will look to purchase a copy.  

The Library has so much more than academic books!

We have a wide range of spaces available for relaxation, both on the Library site and around campus. Our Breathing Space is located on the ground floor, close to the IT Services Room and Printing Area. This is open to all students, who may wish to take a break from their work, relax with their friends and read an interesting book. However, this is not the only space available. Leisure reading isn’t tied down to one indoor space. Why don’t you take advantage of the many brilliant areas across campus, both indoors and outdoors? My personal favourites must include Windmill Hill, the benches near the lakes at Bluebell, or the sitting spaces outside of the Prof. Lord Bhattacharyya Building. 

An exterior view of the library and the library cafe
Where is your favourite campus location for a spot of reading?

However, Leisure Reading doesn’t just stop here. We can all engage in this, whether we are in the Library, around campus or even at home across the world. Pick up a book from the Library to take home over summer, or even have a search around your local library. Purchasing books can often be expensive, but there are cheaper ways to access texts. Finding a copy in your local charity shop not only helps your wallet, but it also supports good causes and helps to protect our environment.  E-books and audiobooks may also be an interesting option, especially if you want to engage in literature whilst also doing other things such as travelling or exercising.  

A hand holding up the book 'Milkman' by Anna Burns, with a background of a lake and grass
What books are you reading this summer?

University life is more than just the studying. For many, books may serve a practical, academic role. However, they do more than just this. Importantly, we all want to be leading healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Leisure reading can help you achieve all of this! 

Where is your favourite reading spot on campus? Let us know in the comments below, by tweeting us @warwicklibrary or by emailing us at libraryblogs@warwick.ac.uk

Image credits: University of Warwick

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