We know that studying can be stressful, especially around exam time, so we aim to provide you with opportunities to make relaxation a part of your time spent in the library. Working constantly without breaks isn't great for your productivity: when you're tired and stressed, you can't take information in or do your best work. So relax and be productive!

New relaxation space in the Arts and Social Sciences Library

We’ve created a new dedicated calm space on the first floor where you can take a break away from your study in order to recharge and refresh. Within the pleasant woodland and meadow-decorated space you’ll find rocking chairs, blankets, comfortable floor pillows, a family of stress-busting cuddly animals and an assortment of materials designed to enhance your sense of wellbeing. You’ll find it located in the cube on the first floor of the library that was previously home to several photocopiers, straight ahead as you enter the floor from the central stairwell.

Wellbeing events in the Wills Memorial Library

'The Library of Possibilities'

Dates: ongoing
Location: Wills Memorial Library East Wing, to the left of the current journals display. Sample books are also available to browse on the tables in the ante-library (opposite the Information Desk).

Explore our new book collection, the Library of Possibilities. Take a break from your studies and browse our selection of inspiring and beautiful books.

Wellbeing events in the Medical Library

Jigsaws / chess games / displays

Date: ongoing
Location: ground floor, Medical Library

Take a study break and while away a few minutes with our communal jigsaw puzzle, or take a turn in our chess game. The library also features a changing display of interesting books and items from Special Collections for you to browse (our current display features artwork created by Medical students).

Reading Well for Mental Health scheme

Date: ongoing (pilot)
Location: ground floor, Medical Library

We are currently piloting the Reading Well for Mental Health scheme in the Medical Library.

Libraries across the UK hold copies of the 37 titles on the scheme’s booklist, which provide adults with mental health needs with advice, information and support including self-help. The scheme complements existing local health services and is a simple way of delivering prevention and early intervention, self-help care and support.

The books are available in University Medical Library, located opposite the main Information Desk. They can be borrowed by any member of the University with a Ucard / Library account.  Many of the titles are also available as eBooks via Library Search.

Reading Well follows clinical guidelines for the treatment and support of mental health needs. The books were selected by health professionals following a rigorous and evidence-based approach (see the Protocol for Book Selection).

For full details of the scheme, please see: https://reading-well.org.uk/about

You can also read an article about the scheme on the University of Bristol Dental School blog: https://bristolbds.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/2018/09/21/reading-well-for-mental-health-scheme/

Update: copies of the books have also now been placed in the Veterinary Sciences Library at the request of the School.


Discover how digital technology affects our wellbeing

Online course

Date: three-week course starts on 15 October 2018

This new FutureLearn online course has been developed by our library colleagues at University of York.

What is the impact of digital technology on our health, relationships and society? How do we ensure our own digital wellbeing? Explore the answers to these questions and more with this online course.

You will investigate new and established technologies and their impact on society, looking at the positives and negatives of engaging with technology. You will engage with current areas of research on digital identity and wellbeing.

You will also learn how to ensure your own digital wellbeing, exploring: how to balance online and offline activities, how to stay safe physically and virtually, strategies for dealing with information overload and creating a positive digital identity.

This course is for anyone interested in understanding health and wellbeing in the digital age.

Sign up at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/digital-wellbeing



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