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.
How can I get involved and suggest a book for the lists?
We are really keen to hear from students and staff and would love to have your recommendations as to what you would like to see on these lists.
You can suggest a book using the form listed in the This is me! Recommend a book to the library box below. We look forward to your suggestions!
We ask... where will a book take you today?
One of the best things about a library is the collection keeps developing as teaching, learning and research changes. There will be more online resources like online journal articles in the Library collection today than there were yesterday!
You can be part of this growing collection by recommending books to the library for purchase. If you have read something and you think it would be a useful addition to the Library collection then let us know! You can do this using the form below.
We look forward to seeing what you recommend and welcome your help shaping the Library Collection.
Many of the curated reading lists have been developed in partnership with colleagues outside the library and this includes 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.