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Library Online: Curated reading lists

Welcome to Hallam Library curated reading lists.

Welcome to the curated reading lists

What are the curated reading lists?

Here at Hallam Library, your librarians, have handcrafted a range of curated reading lists to help explore a range of political and social issues, or find genre fiction to help you unwind and take a break from academic studies – recreational reading with a little bit of dystopian fiction anyone? 


What are the benefits of curated reading lists?

A great book has the potential to take you anywhere whether that’s to the depths of Mordor or the African nation of Wakanda. Being transported into another world with fantastic stories and characters can provide a much needed break from our daily lives and enables us to connect to new worlds and ideas.

Representation is key in literature, it is important to see and recognize ourselves in the stories that are being told to help build those feelings of belonging, recognition, identity, empathy and understanding.

Books can also inspire us and encourage us to effect change whether on a local or global scale. Change can be on a personal level, for example, trying a week without using any single use plastic or technology based, for example, using our social media to petition for change and stand against injustice.

We ask... where will a book take you today?

Recommend a resource for learning, teaching or research to the Library

We are always looking for new publications to support your learning, teaching or research, and to keep the library collections up to date with high-quality materials.  If you think we're missing something crucial though, we'd like to hear about it.  

You can do this using the form below.

  • If we are unable to purchase a recommended resource then we would explain why we made this decision.
  • Currently, we are prioritising the purchase of digital resources that are on module reading lists or needed to support research.
  • We encourage your suggestions for additional books covered by the curated reading lists.
  • If you request an item that is only available in print we will contact you to discuss whether we are able to purchase it.

We look forward to your recommendations.

Who have you worked with to help create these lists?

Many of the curated reading lists have been developed in partnership with:

  • Hallam staff networks, the Students Union and the Student Wellbeing Service.

We have also worked as a library collective and recommendations from the list have come from subject librarians and library teams.

Award winning literature in the Library

Looking for award winning literature to help take a break from your studies? The good news is that we purchase the short list of the following book awards. We began this in 2021 and all books are available in Library Search.

New curated list for 2022: Genders Network reading / TV / resource list

Welcome to the Genders Network reading / TV / resource list.

This list has been curated and crafted by the Genders Network at Sheffield Hallam University with support provided by Hallam Library. We we hope you find something of interest.

Happy Reading!

The list is divided into non-fiction and fiction, with hopefully useful sub-sections and some notes on the accessibility of sources. Many of the resources are available online via the View Online link on the Reading List or as print books in either the Adsetts or Collegiate Library.  

We have also included sections for useful / interesting resources that aren't currently available through the library / online. If any of the resources you wish to take a look at are not available in the Library, you can either suggest them for purchase or use the free Document Supply Service to request a copy for a short term loan.

Adsetts Library [map pdf]
Collegiate Library [map pdf]

Sheffield Hallam University
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Sheffield S1 1WB