The Library provides in-person, wellbeing events for all college members during Term time. Mindfulness colouring books and yoga mats are available throughout the year to borrow. During Easter term there are lots more wellbeing activities to allow you to take a break, such as the student versus library staff “scrabble challenge” and jigsaw puzzles to complete.
The following in person wellbeing events are takaing place during Lent Term.
Yoga with Valerie
Join us for yoga every Tuesday during term 17.15-18.00, in the Long Room. Valerie is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200). All levels are welcome and classes are taught based on those who attend! Booking is encouraged but not essential; so feel free to drop in. Please remember to bring a mat, blanket or towel to sit on; there are a limited number of yoga mats available to borrow from the library, which you can do in advance.
Craft and Chat
Craft and chat is taking place between 16.00-17.00 on the following Wednesdays this term. All materials and refreshments are provided. See below for details:
- Wednesday 25th January: Knitting with Kathy from the Tutorial Office (Long Room)
- Wednesday 15th February: Jewellery making in conjunction with LGBTQ+ History Month (Long Room)
- Wednesday 15th March: Painting terracotta pots (Art Studio)
If you’re unable to make it, have a go in your own time by watching some of our craft videos via the Library YouTube channel
Library Book Group
Join Valerie, the Assistant Librarian for our informal book group run jointly with Medwards Lit Soc. Reading for pleasure and making connections with people are both great for your mental health! The book group is open to all staff, students and fellows at the College and will meet in the bar. Our book for Easter term will be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (!st week of Easter Term - day and time tbc). Please watch any of the film adaptations in the DVD collection, read the book available in the library (825.7 AUS) or read the electronic book via iDiscover.
Virtual wellbeing activities
If you're unable to attend yoga in person why not try one of Valerie's yoga video’s from the Library YouTube Channel.
Unwind with Valerie’s online 3 minute meditation video. There are also different mediation scripts you can try; go for a walk in the forest or relax your muscles using our body scan script instead.
Virtual crafts and wellbeing walks that can viewed at any time, are also available on the Rosemary Murray Library YouTube channel.
The library has a range of books on wellbeing, including texts on studying, insomnia, healthy eating, mindfulness and particular mental health issues. They can be searched for on iDiscover and are available via the Click and Collect service.
A wellbeing eBook collection Leganto reading list is now available, and can be accessed online with a Raven username and password. The list brings together eBooks on the subjects of addiction & dependence, illness & disability, finances, grief & bereavement, mental health, mind management, race & anti-racism, sex, sexuality & gender, sleep, and mindfulness.
The University Counselling Service have lots of information and support available for students.
Please keep an eye on our social media channels for wellbeing updates: