The Library recognises how important your wellbeing is to your ability to study successfully. We hope that you benefit from this selection of resources. Some are interactive, others are simply soothing. All we hope are enjoyable and help you to relax and be productive.


Reading Well for mental health

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as by people with living with the conditions and topics covered.

Spotify playlists for relaxation and study

Struggling to concentrate while working from home? Finding it hard to get to sleep? We’ve put together a few playlists on Spotify which might help - soothing piano melodies, nature sounds, ambient and classical tracks, along with one hour of library background noise.

Box of Broadcasts playlists

A selection of film and TV playlists curated by Library Services. Relax to "slow TV": no voiceover, no advert breaks, no music - just long, uninterrupted, soothing shots of ordinary events unfolding. If you feel like some escapism, why not take a virtual getaway to an exotic location with our list of travel documentaries? Alternatively, keep yourself entertained with classic literary adaptations and documentaries about famous authors, poets and playwrights. Requires a UoB login.

Creative Breaks

We know how much students enjoy the 'Creative Breaks' in the libraries - quick crafts and artistic activities to help de-stress during  revision and assessment periods. With coronavirus restrictions affecting how much we can offer physically, we're bringing them to you online! Take a look at our YouTube channel, where library staff deliver short tutorials on a range of creative activities you can do at home to help you relax.

Your health and wellbeing

Find out about the services and support available at the university to help you manage your health and wellbeing.

Relaxing online games

Calm and centre your mind with a selection of relaxing online games.

Flow - pilot an aquatic organism through a surreal biosphere.

Neon Flames - a calming tool to draw your own nebula.

Silk - design incredible fractal-like, symmetrical images.

Drifting Afternoon - jump a little dog from bubble to bubble.

Record Tripping - an immersive gaming experience that begins with the scratch of a record.

BBC Arts - Culture in Quarantine

BBC Arts is hosting Culture in Quarantine, giving the nation access to the arts at a time when we need it the most. Providing extraordinary access to shuttered exhibitions, performances and museums, a virtual book festival and much more besides. 

Literary and book podcasts, curated by Penguin Books

From light-hearted conversational podcasts, to live talks from world-renowned writers, these shows are the perfect audio fix for book lovers who like to delve beyond the book. 

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