Welcome To The Library!

Welcome Week is flying by, but there’s a few more days left to check out the activities and events still happening across our campuses. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Library yet, this is your official invitation to wander over, take a tour of the building, and get to know the librarians.

Here’s an overview of what the Library has to offer this Welcome Week.

Blind Date With A Book

We’re giving away sweets, pens and FREE BOOKS in Colchester and Southend! Choose a ‘blind date’ from our selection of mystery books – we’ve wrapped them, and added a brief description so no judging by appearances – it’s what’s inside that counts.

Library Tours

Library Helpdesk staff are available to give tours of the building and equipment to individuals or small groups. Come visit the Helpdesk if you are interested.

Green Impact Recipe Display

Struggling to think of meal ideas? Trying to save money on food? Come along and check out the Recipe Display created by our Green Impact Team on the Ground Floor of Albert Sloman Library, from 30 September to 11 October.

Browse recipes for all diet types and budgets, and take photos or photocopies of your favourites. Cooking is a valuable skill, a proven stress-reliever, and with a bit of forward thinking can be a great way to help the environment. It’s also an excellent way to get to know new people over a shared meal. So bring a friend, and come gain some culinary inspiration!

Libraries Week LEGO Competition

Get creative and build a ‘Library of the Future’ out of LEGO during Welcome Week for a chance to win LEGOLAND Windsor tickets!

A LEGO-building area will be set up on the Ground Floor of Albert Sloman Library at Colchester, and in the Learning Hub in Southend from 30 September to 7 October.

Liberate Tate Exhibit

A Liberate Tate exhibit will be on Floor 1 of Albert Sloman Library until 25 October. Liberate Tate is an art collective who, in their own words, are ‘dedicated to making creatively disobedient work at Tate institutions until it drops its funding from the oil company BP.’ Earlier this year, Liberate Tate generously donated their archive to the Albert Sloman Library, which consists of material relating to their numerous performances. These include planning notes, props, as well as, documents and ephemera relating to their founding.

Introduction to the University Art Collections

Our Special Collections team offered a ‘Introduction to the University Art Collections’ info session earlier this week, and we hope it will be the first of many more to come later this term! If you are interested in learning more about our Special Collections, come along to the Library Fair on 15 October to meet the Special Collections team.

Library Fair

From 11am to 3pm on 15 October, Albert Sloman Library is putting on a Library Fair on the Ground Floor. We’ll be giving away sweets and information about our services. This is a great opportunity to meet the teams behind Reading Lists, Inter-library Loans, Accessibility, Special Collections, and your Subject Librarians. Pogo, our favourite Pets as Therapy dog will also be hanging out on the Ground Floor.

Pogo, Pets as Therapy dog

Pogo, the Pets as Therapy dog

Black History Month

October is Black History Month, and there are borrowable displays in the Libraries at all three of our campuses (ColchesterLoughton, and Southend), featuring books chosen by students in the Black Students Network. The complete list of books can be viewed as a Reading List on Talis.

There will also be a BHM Book Club event  on Wednesday the 23rd of October discussing the book Why I’m no longer talking to white people about raceby Reni Eddo-Lodge at Albert Sloman Library. It will be from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Special Collections on the first floor of the Library.

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