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Wellbeing & Leisure Collections: Reading for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure

The Wellbeing and Leisure Collections include a selection of books to support your health and wellbeing, and a number of fiction and non fiction titles 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.

We welcome online recommendations for self help or fiction and leisure reading - these will be considered regularly. Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.


Where are the books?

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

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

Bookshelves holding wellbeing related books
Bookshelves holding wellbeing related books
Bookshelves holding wellbeing related books



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.


Explore Devon

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

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.

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.

Reading and Wellbeing

Research from The Reading Agency has shown that 

"reading for pleasure can promote better health and wellbeing, aids in building social connections and relationships with others and is associated with a range of factors that help increase the chances of social mobility".

Reading for leisure

Take a break from your recommended academic reading and explore e-books and audiobooks on the Libby app.


More information can be found on the Libby guide.

Recommend a book

Libraries Unlimited

When you join online you will receive a temporary membership enabling you to access digital resources immediately. A library card will be issued in due course.


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.

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.

A Student Guide to Loneliness

Front cover of A Student Guide to Loneliness publication

This guide is aimed at students aged 16+, it explores loneliness and the links to mental health and provides tips for students together with ideas of how to get involved and raise awareness in communities, at school, college or university.

The guide can be downloaded for free.

Wellbeing Support

UoE Students

Wellbeing Services provide student support for physical and mental health wellbeing. 
UoE Staff
Colleague wellbeing provide staff 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


Exeter Student Nightline is a confidential and anonymous listening service, run by trained student volunteers for students at the University of Exeter. 


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