Reading For Pleasure

We 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

why should you read? Exercise the brain, Improves imagination, Free travel, Improves vocabulary, Reduces Stress, Improves concentration, Develops creativity, Improves writing skills, Free entertainment!

The LRC Reading Tree

In our effort to promote reading and literature, we have reinstated our digital reading tree!  Each tree will be based on a different genre/theme and all of the featured books will be available to borrow from the LRC.  Simply select the title you want on the image below and it’ll take you to the catalogue to reserve your copy!  Don’t forget to check out the new Libby app (details below) for even more amazing books!

This Tree:  Myths, Legends and Folklore of the Sea

Have you browsed our fiction and reading for pleasure shelves?  Are there any titles 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.


Introducing Libby

The LRC are excited to introduce our new reading app: Libby!  Read and listen to books on the go with this FREE and easy to use app.

Getting started: Instructions

‘Barnsley College’ is our Library name and your student card is your library card.  If you have a library card with the Light Box in town, you can also link your Barnsley Library account to the Libby app to access an even wider range of books and magazines.

Please note: the LRC’s collection is fairly new so please get in touch with your suggestions so we can tailor it to suit you!

Staff Suggestions

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that many of your library staff members are avid readers! We will, of course, always keep you updated with the latest book suggestions on our various themed displays throughout the year, but have you ever wondered what we read ourselves when we want to escape reality? During Lockdown, a few of us wrote brief reviews about our favorite ‘Go-to’ books in the hopes to inspire you to try something new and we hope to add to the collection with suggestions from other members of College staff in the coming months.

Below are the first few we collected.  The latest review comes from mum of four, Karen Owen, who not surprisingly, doesn’t get much time to sit down with a good book. When she’s done her multiple school runs, finished creating our amazing displays, reading and film lists and been dragged out for long walks by her little dog Ezra, however, she is drawn to Labyrinth – a novel based on Jim Henson’s film, a real hidden gem. Read her review HERE or by selecting the image from the shelf below.

Select the title on the shelf below to read the review:


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Last updated: 24th January 2023