Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Books Unlocked - July 2018 World Sporting Events 2018

 World Sporting Events 2018

To celebrate the World Cup and all things sporting, July's blog reflects this in a range of sporting events which are taking place around the world.  Flags of all the world cup nations make the display really colourful.

Take time to enjoy the display spaces at Aylesbury, Bedford and Luton.  Below is a taster of what is on show
Aylesbury Library

Aylesbury Library


Bedford Library

Bedford Library




Luton Library

Luton Library
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Books Unlocked June 2018 - Children's Books made into Movies


May’s display was all about stress, exams and serious stuff. This month the pressure’s off and we’ve brought out some of our movies and the books that inspired them.

Do you read the book, then see the film? Just the book, just the film? Good book, bad film? The movie industry plunders books for material. Why not try them both and see what you think.

Lots of interesting material for a summer evening. Our libraries have more than just the standard text books. Come and browse, outside your usual territory.


Bedford Library

Bedford Library

Bedford Library

Bedford Library





Luton Library

Luton Library



Aylesbury Library

Aylesbury Library

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Books Unlocked May 2018 - Stress to Success


Stress to Success

May is the time for dissertations, assignments and exams…a busy and stressful time! We would like to support you in the library, with books and resources to help you be successful in your studies and encourage you to look after yourself at the same time. 

We can help with ideas on study tips, managing your time, strategies to help with anxiety, phone apps and space to relax and take time out. You will even find stress releasing bubble wrap ready to pop!


There is a free fruit giveaway every Wednesday in Luton

 and Bedford libraries 


 Keep yourself hydrated and eat healthily. This will maintain energy and concentration levels. 



Need a break or time to refocus?  Why not try Mindfulness or the Connect and Chill station at Bedford campus library.

Mindfulness every Tuesday 12-12.45pm in the Teaching Practice Room, 3rd floor, Bedford Library, run by Nicola Smith (Student Support)

Connect and Chill every Thursday 12.30-2.30pm on the ground floor, Bedford library. Station offering free tea, coffee and hot chocolate and a chat.  Run by SeedBeds.

Aylesbury Library



Bedford Library

Bedford Library

Bedford Library

Luton Library

Luton Library


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Books Unlocked April 2018 - Written in the Stars

‘Written in the Stars’


23rd April is World Book Night and to join in with the national celebration of reading for adults we have acquired this year’s World Book Night titles to inspire you to read something new or different this month. Reading is widely accepted as a way to improve mental well-being, so why not escape for an hour or even just a few minutes and choose something from our collection “because everything changes when we read”.
The World Book Night titles are on display for you to borrow at our Bedford, Luton and Aylesbury campuses and you can view them all here http://worldbooknight.org/books
If these books don’t grab you, our libraries have a great selection of other books that can be read for pleasure. The Bedford library has a selection on the 1st floor, showcasing some ‘Quick Reads’ if you are short on time, some other titles similar to the WBN titles, and a selection of Young Adult fiction from our Teaching Practice collection – not just for teaching students or young adults!
Why not share a review of a book you love too and think others would enjoy too? Here are a few reviews of this year’s World Book Night from members of the library staff:


5 High school children get a detention but only 4 leave the detention room.
The book is read from the prospective of 4 different High School students, Bronwyn, Nate, Copper and Addy. This book doesn’t contain chapters but is set out instead as narratives from each different student. Each narrative has the Students name as a heading and the date.  I sometimes over looked this as I was reading, which caused me some confusion and I found this quite difficult to get used too. I enjoyed the book and it did keep me hooked, it is a very good ‘who done it’ with a lot of twists. I found it easy enough to visualise the Characters and surroundings. I thought it was very well written once I got used to the layout of the text. I would recommend this book to young adults and adults.  It isn’t that graphic but it does contain adult themes in places.

The underworld was a man’s game, now its Maura’s.
The book starts in the year 1950 and is based in London. 1950 is the year that Maura Ryan was born.  As the book progresses you follow Maura as she grows up in a poor family of 8 older brothers.  Different trials and tribulations through her life cause her to choose a path which is unthought-of for a woman in the 70’s. I absolutely love this book and have read it twice. It is a really good page turner                 and even when you get to the end of a chapter it is very hard to put down.  I have read all of Martina Cole’s books and think she is an excellent author. This book is defiantly for adults who are not easily offended, it is very graphic and has adult themes and language throughout. I would recommend it and all of her books to those who love a good gangland story.



A moving story of a boy trying to find his way against the odds.

Leon is a boy struggling to come to terms with the constant feeling of not being good enough and the challenges that he faces as a mixed-race, taller than average nine-year-old boy growing up in the care system in the 80’s, who just wants the love and comfort of his family. The book jacket and description didn’t make me instinctively want to read this book but I’m glad I did.  The chapters are short so it was easy to pick up and put down—but I couldn’t put it down!
It’s an incredibly moving story that saddened me but also inspired me and showed the softer side of humanity. I found myself really rooting for Leon and those who had shown him kindness and can truly say it was a page-turner.

You’ve probably heard of Mindfulness—this book really does try to explain it guide you through it


I tried this book after having little success with another Mindfulness title. I found having the CD to help with some of the exercises particularly useful. I think it would be well-worth reading this alongside mindfulness sessions (the University offers these at Bedford campus) as it can be a daunting topic to enter into on its own but has so many uses.

Aylesbury Library

Luton Library
Bedford Library

Bedford Library

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Books Unlocked March 2018 - Fake News



The world of news today is a minefield of fake news, propaganda, and political bias. The rise of news shared on the internet - filtered by algorithms which show you what a website or search engine thinks you want to see - has added an extra layer of complexity to researching current affairs.

As a student, you can use the skills you learn at University to navigate this minefield online - and this month's Books Unlocked display helps you find out how.

Don't forget to look at our guide on fake news on LRWeb, too!


Aylesbury LRC

Bedford Library

Luton Library

Bedford Library


Bedford Library


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Books Unlocked February 2018 - Graphic Novels

 Every Picture Tells the Story

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
Well, no, but it is ‘Every Picture tells the Story’: a taster of comics and graphic novels, in
UOB Libraries this month.

There is a long history to be discovered; a look at using the medium in non-fiction and academia; new approaches to classic texts – oh, and some Superheroes too.

Whether taking a break or looking for inspiration do seek out the displays in your campus and see what comics and graphic novels may have for you. 




Bedford Library

1st floor Bedford Library

Bedford Library

Bedford Library
Aylesbury LRC



Luton Library

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Mood Boosting for January


We know that University life can sometimes be challenging. That is why we have put together a collection of books on a wide range of topics around personal health and well-being.

Whether you’re interested in managing stress and learning some new relaxation techniques, or having more difficult mental health issues, there are books here that can help.  Why not look at our books on cookery, nutrition and exercise.

There is useful material available on Health and Well-being from Student Support, visit:



Health & Wellbeing 
Campus Centre, Luton campus  Tuesday 23 January, 10am-3pm.

Luton Library

Luton Library

Luton Library


 What can I do if I don’t have a lot of time?​

University can be a busy time, which can make it harder for you to take the time to look after your mental wellbeing. When you’re busy, stresses can mount up and really take their toll - so it’s important to take the time to prioritise your own mental wellbeing. ​If you have:

5 minutes

Make a cup of tea and enjoy it undistracted
Cuddle a pet or soft toy
Write a to-do list
Text a friend

10 minutes

Do a guided meditation
Take a walk
Do a quick tidy and clean of your room/workspace
Listen to your favourite songs

30 minutes

Take exercise - yoga, a run, a brisk walk
Call a friend or family member for a catch-up
Have a nap

1 hour

Watch an episode of your favourite TV show
Go for coffee with a friend
Cook or bake something tasty

Bedford Library


Bedford Library


Bedford Library
Aylesbury LRC


Aylesbury LRC