Library on Lockdown

Welcome to your virtual library space!  We are looking forward to welcoming you into the College, but realise that things are going to have to be a little different to keep everyone safe!  We want to bring you the full and best library experience to help you on your academic journey, so whenever you find yourself missing the physical library, please feel free to pop onto here to find all 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 are being displayed on our real Library boards.  So make yourself a cuppa and have fun exploring!

IMPORTANT INFO: 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This service is temporarily suspended due to the current Covid restrictions. If you need resources, please check our online resources such as Athens and Discovery


Library Newsletter


Stay in the know about all that’s happening in your Library…   Happy reading!


Kiddie Corner

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

Free resources anyone?

In addition to the EBSCO eBooks, EBSCO Research Database and Harvard Business Review eBooks mentioned in the first Lockdown newsletter, 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.

Feeling a bit daunted?  There are some really helpful videos on our new Library Workshop page on how to make the most of these fantastic resources.

Reading for Pleasure

Obviously we can’t bring our fabulous reading tree online but we still want to promote the importance of reading for your health and well being!  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

Halloween is just around the corner, grab your pumpkin juice and sink your teeth into some of these spooky reads:

NEW:  Halloween Book List

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 realize 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:

Feel Good Films

More Film Suggestions

Life In Lockdown

Movie Reviews List

A New Normal

Latest List for October: Celebrating Black History Month

Fancy a fright to get in the Halloween mood?  Check out our Halloween Movie 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

Are you missing our amazing notice boards?  Fear not, you can find them here!

I’m sure most people have heard of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali, but did you know there are many black men and women who have had a huge impact on our British history?  You can learn their stories in the link below:

Black History Month Historical Figures

And of course, it wouldn’t be a library display without a book list or two!

Our resident film buff has created the following list, highlighting a few films celebrating black history:

Black History Month Film List

There are a multitude of useful resources and websites that can help you explore this important topic, here are a few to get you started:


The Learning Curve’s Poetry Competition winners have been decided!

Due to the high standard of entries submitted by students, the Learning Curve have decided to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.  All of these students will receive a prize of an e-gift voucher!

Thank you to all the students who have entered, we were overwhelmed with entries this year, it has been our most successful year yet!

You can read the winning entries here.



More Than Just Books


Even though access to the libraries is limited at the moment, we want to reassure you that you can find everything you need to progress in your studies online! You can go direct using the two links above and explore at your leisure, or read on below for just a few of the resources that are available to you:

Study Skills

Our Study Skills team, Cherie and Helen, offer one-to-one advice on all aspects of your academic work – from Referencing, academic writing, researching, critical analysis, literature reviews and much more. You can either email your work to them or have a virtual ‘face to face’ meeting via Teams to discuss your work.
Send them an email to make your appointment:
They also have a wealth of helpful information on their webpages including a Referencing Hub and a new Study Skills Station – Help Sheet Hub.

Online workshops and inductions

Normally during your first few weeks of term with us, we’d show you around the Learning Curve and HE Library in person and give you a library induction quiz and brief introduction to all of our resources. This year, we have made all of this available on a new Library Workshop page, so you get all the information you need without having to come in! There are also some helpful videos to get you started with your research – learn how to log on to Athens, how to use keywords to find the results you want and much more!

Click and Collect

If you have books to return or are interested in borrowing resources, please refer to our new Click and Collect page for information.

Ebsco Discovery, Athens, Heritage

Heritage is our Library Catalogue, it contains a record of all our books and this is where you can reserve items with our Click and Collect service.

Athens is the gateway to all our online resources including journals, ebooks and much more! Most of these collections are included in Discovery (EBSCO) search. Watch out for a (D) after the database name on your MyAthens list to see exactly what is included. New to using Athens? Find out how to log on here!

NEW for 2020! Discovery – one search site for Barnsley College books, ebooks and many online journal collections – and your OpenAthens Login.

LRC Newsletter

We know you miss the atmosphere that you can only get in our libraries – we can’t wait until we can have more than a brief interaction with you all – so we’ve started the LRC Newsletter again in the hope that we can keep you informed of all the latest library services and any changes, as well as the latest suggested reading and films lists compiled by your friendly library staff members.

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Archived Boards


Beat the boredom with the Bored board
Missed the Mental Health Board? Find it HERE!


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

Hands, Face, Space – stay safe!