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Library Wellbeing Games Collection: Reading for Health and Wellbeing

The Wellbeing and Leisure Collection includes a selection of books to help you understand and manage your health and wellbeing, and a number of fiction and non fiction titles that you can read for general relaxation, enjoyment and advice on everyday living.

Titles for the collection have been recommended by Wellbeing Services at the University, by the Reading Agency through the Reading Well, Books on Prescription scheme and also via personal recommendation of students and staff at the University.

You can help build the collection by making your own online recommendations for self help or fiction and leisure reading.

Where are the books?

Some of the books are online and you can login with your usual University username and password for access.

The majority of the books are available in print and can be found on the Wellbeing & Leisure Collections Stands in the Forum Library entrance, Level 0, and at St Luke's Library near the enquiry desk.

Recommend a book

The Fresh List

Students from the University of Exeter created a mood boosting booklist for freshers as part of Grand Challenges.

Find out more here.

You can also borrow these books from the Wellbeing & Leisure collection.

Explore Devon

Find out more about where and how to explore the lovely county of Devon.  There are lots of great places to visit.

Reading and Wellbeing

Research from The Reading Agency has shown that there is

  strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life 

Know Before You Go


The student mental health charity Student Minds has produced Know Before You Go and Transition guides.


These really helpful guides to transitioning from school to university life, with chapters on identity, becoming independent, building relationships, education, mental health and sexual health.



Whichbook is a great site for helping you to discover new reads.  Instead of browsing or searching by author name or book title, you can choose books by

  • mood and emotion
  • country setting
  • character and plot

You can also start with a recent bestseller you enjoyed and discover other books with a similar mood that you might like to try next. 

As well as highlighting the books, the site also flags where you can buy (via Amazon) or borrow the books through the public library service.  If you have joined Devon Libraries, choose that option from the menu to see if the book you are interested in is available there - in print or as an ebook or audiobook.  if you belong to any other 'local to you' library services, you can try those too.


Libraries Unlimited

Whilst Devon Libraries are closed you can join online.  As and when libraries re-open all temporary memberships registered during the closure period will be processed and a library card will be issued  to you.


Why not also take advantage of the services and facilities at your local public library?

There are 50 public libraries across Devon including four libraries in Exeter. Exeter Library is the largest library in the county and can be found in the city centre, just off the High Street.

They offer a wide selection of books (fiction and non-fiction), films, magazines, information and music. Joining is completely free. Find out more on the Libraries Unlimited LibGiude.

Lockdown Blues

Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new creative project  

Lockdown blues


The Lockdown Blues is an online scrapbook where anyone can contribute their thoughts, feelings, or reflections on loneliness in any format – whether through poems, songs, paintings, stories, sketches, videos, letters or a few brief notes.

Join a Reading Group

Reading Groups for Everyone, is the UK’s largest reading group network and is run by the national charity, The Reading Agency.

 The reading groups meet in all kinds of places and are made up of all kinds of people. The one thing they have in common is that they love reading and talking about books.

Reading groups can be a good way of connecting with people, promoting wellbeing and reducing isolation.



Wellbeing Support

UoE Students

Wellbeing Services provide student support for physical and mental health wellbeing.   

Further advice and support

The Samaritans 

Telephone Helpline: 116 123 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Telephone Helpline: 0300 123 3393 Text 86463


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