Book club at Loughborough Public Library

May 14, 2009
Loughborough Public Library

Loughborough Public Library

Loughborough Public Library are running a book club on the third Tuesday of every month, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.  The first one is on the 19th May. 

Why not bring a long a book you have recently read for discussion?

Feel free to come along or contact June Taylor at or telephone 01509 212985 and 01509 266436

Loughborough Public Library is at Granby Street, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3DZ


Library survey

April 23, 2009

CC licenced photo - "Speech"

If you could change ONE THING about the Library, what would it be?

Now’s your chance to have your say about the Library. Please take a few minutes to visit and complete our survey before 15 May 2009.

[Originally published on SCINews].

Talking about books you haven’t read

March 9, 2009
Book-Babel. Copyright: pindec

Book-Babel. Copyright: pindec

According to the results of a survey published to coincide with World Book Day, it was found that 65% of the British reading population often lie about having read books they’ve never taken down from their shelves. The book that is  lied about most often is George Orwell’s 1984 , followed by War and Peace , James Joyces’s Ulysses , Madame Bovary and the Bible. This is an odd list because it is easy to understand someone bluffing about having read Ulysses or Madame Bovary but not 1984 which is relatively short and easy to read. And why would you try to impress by claiming to have read the Bible from cover to cover?  

The main reason given for these false claims is a wish to apear well-read and a need to conceal the titles of the books that are really enjoyed.  John Grisham, Jilly Cooper, J.K. Rowling and Jeffrey Archer are examples of authors whose works are thought not to impress because they are too popular and likely to be classified as ‘good yarns’.

 The French academic, Pierre Bayard has written a book on this subject: entitled ‘How to talk about books you haven’t read’ which advises the reader not to worry about their ignorance of the  great classics. (Look it up in the Library catalogue) He tells you how to bluff your way in literary company and talks about the many ways it is possible not to read a book. This covers a number of activities including skimming, “unreading” (i.e. forgetting) and screen reading. Bayard is of the opinion that  it is not possible to read everything so there is no need to be embarrassed about not having read works listed on the Literary Canon

 He thinks that readers should accept that we barely remember anything about many of the books we’ve read or have skimmed through or just read the beginning and the end. Some books  we know about through reading reviews or discussing them with our friends so in the end it feels as if we’ve read them so perhaps we’re entitled to discuss them in an authoritative manner.

The photograph  is of a pile of books all of which pindec, the contributor to Flickr,  was  in the process of reading in 2006.  As the mouse hovers over each title,  some notes tell how he hasn’t been able to finish an apparent masterpiece of magical realism or abandoned some huge tome because it is “hard to read in the bath or dangerous to read in bed”.  This photograph provoked a lot of comment on Flickr  at the time with other readers who agreed or disagreed with his findings and it is  comforting  to know that others have abandoned books in despair, not felt guilty and retained just enough knowledge of the texts to claim to have read them.

Latest edition of the Ssh! Newsletter now online

October 31, 2008

Just to let you know that you can now read the latest edition of the Ssh! Newsletter, which provides information for students in the Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty, on the Loughborough University Library website.

Changes in the Library

September 26, 2008

Returning staff and students to Loughborough University will notice big changes when they come into the Library for the first time this academic year.  The entrance to Level 3 has been changed with a new Reception Desk, as you come in, and a streamlined information desk, which faces you as you walk onto the level.  There are also brand new self-service stations on all levels which allow you to borrow, renew and return books, as well as check your library record and pay your fines (as long as you have correct money – they cannot give change!).  To see what they look like, see the photo below.  If you have any questions about the new machines or any library-related issues, please let us know by coming to talk to us at the Information Desks or by sending us an email via ‘Ask a Librarian‘.

New improved photocopiers in the Library

September 18, 2008

As visitors to the LIbrary will already have noticed, Loughborough University staff and students now have access to new, improved photocopiers in the Library, which also means cheaper colour copies!  The new machines take the cost of the copies from your printer credits rather than you needing to have a separate photocopy card.  If you already have a card, you can bring it along to the customer service desk in the Library and we will credit your printing account with the amount left on the card, plus the £1 you usually receive when you return the card.

The new copiers can all do colour, as well as blackand white, and they can all do duplex copying (two-sided).  The colour copying has also been reduced in price from 50p to 20p per copy.  Black and white remains at 5p for A4 and 6p for A3.  To access the machines and your credits, you simply log in using your usual Loughborough University username and password.

If you use the Library but are not a member of the University then you can still use your card in one of the old machines and top it up as before.

If you have any questions about this, or any of the other changes in the Library, please contact the Customer Services desks in the Library.

OneGeology official launch August 2008

August 4, 2008


OneGeology  is an initiative to make web accessible the geological map data held by geological survey organisations around the World and aims to: 

Make web-accessible the best available geological map data worldwide at a scale of about 1: 1 million, as a geological survey contribution to the International Year of Planet Earth.’


The initiative is multilateral and multinational and will be carried out under the umbrella of  several global organisations.


There are downloads available from the website and newsletters available and OneGeology will hold its official launch at the International Geological Congress (IGC) in Oslo, Norway, 6th -14th August 2008