Leisure reading

Bogged down with recommended texts? Fancy something a little lighter? Take a look at the University's opportunities for reading for pleasure.

Leisure reading collection

Come and browse our printed Leisure Reading Collection on level 4 of the Pilkington Library. Situated alongside the comfortable seating area, you can choose from a broad range of genres including contemporary fiction, graphic novels, biography, crime, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. We have sought to broaden the collection recently to ensure inclusivity and representation of the broad range of voices across campus, to better represent the identities and experiences of our University membership. As such, you will find many titles written by authors of under-represented or marginalised groups.

In the London Library there is also a selection of non-fiction books  for things like Guides to London.

Four items at a time can be borrowed for a period of four weeks. We don't want to interrupt your reading enjoyment so these books cannot be recalled by other users. However, reservations may be placed.

If English is your second language and you'd like to improve your English language skills by reading for pleasure, try our Graded Readers which are available in graded language stages and stocked at 428.64. You might also like to take a look at our stock of Manga graphic novels.

Libby app

Widely used by public libraries, the University Library now has a subscription to Libby.  This service enables us to support the wellbeing of all our users by providing access to a wide range of leisure reading, wellbeing, and audiobook titles.  Content includes ebooks, emagazines, and much more.  This service is available to everyone on both the Loughborough and London campuses.

Simply download the Libby app, sign in and get started!

The app can be downloaded from the app store, or from a link on the Libby homepage. You can also access Libby on your computer's web browser. If you need any support, then please contact library@lboro.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.


Did you know?

Reading is good for us! As well as the recognised mental health benefits - 'Reading for as little as 6 minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 60%'(1) - there is a proven link between how often we read for pleasure and how well we do academically - 'Frequency of reading correlates strongly with academic achievement.'(2)

So, nourish your wellbeing and up your academic game with a good book - another reason to reach for that novel you've been meaning to read for ages!


1. Galaxy Research, Mindlab International, listed by The Reading Agency (2009) Reading well evidence base [online.] Available at: http://reading agency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-well/ (Accessed 17 July 2023)

2. National Endowment for the Arts (2007) To read or not to read: a question of national consequence. Washington: National Endowment for the Arts