Reading for pleasure
Library Services is developing a collection of general interest (fiction and non-fiction) books called 'Reading for Pleasure'. The collections can be found in both the Aldgate and Holloway Road libraries and can be borrowed for 3 weeks.
The purpose of the Reading for Pleasure collection is to encourage anyone who feels like it to pick up a book and read just for the enjoyment of it.
Reading in your own time can help to enhance your vocabulary and writing style, and studies have shown a relationship between reading and improved academic performance.
A 2016 report conducted by the University of Liverpool has shown that as a result of reading:
- 27% of the population have been inspired to make a positive change in their life such as look for a new job or end a bad relationship
- 36% of the population have been inspired to go travelling
- 19% of adults say they have taken up a new hobby
All the books in this collection have been donated by staff - we have not used Library Services funds, which of course are used for purchase of materials recommended in reading lists.
A list of Reading for Pleasure titles - Aldgate Library (updated March 2019)