Library on Lockdown

Welcome to your virtual library space!  It’s aim is to bring the library to you during this period of uncertainty… here you will find the latest LRC news, useful tips to maintain your sanity (reading and film suggestions) and a virtual display board which will be regularly updated with topics that would have been displayed on our real Library boards.  So make yourself a cuppa and have fun exploring!

NEW: Kiddie Corner

If you, or someone you know is living at home with children who are struggling for things to do during Lockdown, hop over to our new Library Kiddie Corner for book and film suggestions and lots of fun activities and crafts!

NEW: Click and Collect service

From September we will be starting a new ‘click and collect’ service for access to our libraries, follow the link for more information.

Library Newsletter


There haven’t been many editions of the newsletter yet, but you can find the first few here.  Happy reading!

Library Circulation 1

Lockdown newsletter

Still on Lockdown: Newsletter 2

Will it Ever End?: Newsletter 3

We made it to Summer! Newsletter 4



Free resources anyone?

In addition to the EBSCO eBooks, EBSCO Research Database and Harvard Business Review eBooks mentioned in the first Lockdown newletter, we are pleased to be able to add more fabulous resources to our collection. Sage Knowledge Video, Sage Research Methods Video, Sage Business Cases, Sage eBooks and Sage Reference. All of these resources are available through OpenAthens.

Reading for Pleasure


Reading gives s someplace to go when we have to stay where we areObviously we can’t bring our fabulous reading tree online but we still want to promote the importance of reading for your health and wellbeing!  Not only can books broaden your mind, but they can be very therapeutic, giving you an escape to somewhere else for a while, even if only within your own head.

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body”

Joseph Addison

Below you will find the latest suggested reading list from your members of the LRC staff:

20 Comfort Reading Books

Are there any that you feel we’ve missed?  It would be great to hear your suggestions and recommendations!  Feel free to email us with your thoughts or even a review of any titles that you’ve read so we can share the love of reading with other students.


We realise that you might not have copies of the titles we’ve mentioned, but did you know that you can find loads of free electronic books online?  Just make sure you read the small print and T&Cs on what you find to make sure you’re not charged for your download!

For a limited time only, Barnsley Libraries are opening up their ebook and audiobook collections to non-library members.  All you need to do is download the LibbyApp from your local app store and use the code: barnsleylibs  You can find more information here.

We’ve also bought lots of new ebooks for you on Browns and Dawsons and for those more academic reads, EBSCO Discovery and Harvard Business Review have kindly given free access to their ebooks and resources too, so make use of them while you can!

If you have trouble accessing our online resources, please contact us on


If we’ve not managed to persuade you to pick up a book yet as films are more your thing, our resident film experts have created some fantastic lists of easy-watching films for you to enjoy during your lockdown:

Feel Good Films

More Film Suggestions

Life In Lockdown

Latest List: Movie Reviews List

Please let us know what you think of our suggestions or if you have any of your own that you think others will enjoy!

All are available to view via Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ or Now.Tv, so why not curl up with a healthy snack and have a film afternoon?


Who knew there were so many songs to describe Lockdown?  Just for fun, the LRC has created the following list!  If you have a Spotify account, you can access the playlist here, so plug in your speakers or headphones and dance away!

Lockdown Song List

Keeping You in the Know

If it hasn’t loaded properly, don’t worry you can find it here: Bored board

Mental Health Awareness Week

18th-24th of May is a dedicated week to Mental Health Awareness. This year the topic is Kindness – Kindness to others but also kindness to ourselves! Check out the pack below for some ideas on how to get involved:

Mental Health Awareness Pack

Missed out Mental Health Board? Find it HERE!


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please get in touch:

Stay Home, Stay Safe!