Reading for pleasure

How to access fiction, magazines and audio books.

Reading for pleasure can positively benefit your mental health and wellbeing. The Reading Agency conducted research into the benefits:

"The research finds that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia, and improved wellbeing.

"The relationship between reading for pleasure and wellbeing is particularly interesting, with evidence showing a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression. Reading also seems to reduce the risk of dementia, with frequent readers having lower incidence of dementia in later life.

"In addition to the health benefits, reading for pleasure has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community. Reading increases our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy and gives us an insight into the world view of others." Source: Why is reading for pleasure important?, The Reading Agency.

Use library search and get a book transferred to the campus of your choice.

Our collection

We've curated some reading lists of our top picks for fiction:

Our click-and-collect service currently replaces browsing. Use library search or our reading lists to choose an item, then request to collect it from the campus of your choice.


Where to find our collection

  • Frenchay - Fiction and DVDs can be found on Level 5. Fiction is located in the 800s, and for DVDs you can find films at 791.43, TV at 791.45 and documentaries at 791.435.
  • Glenside - The ground floor of Glenside Library has a fiction and wellbeing collection located near the water fountain.
  • Bower Ashton (City Campus) - Our Arts Library at Bower Ashton has DVDs you can borrow and hosts a collection of poetry from Black poets: poetry list
  • Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Campus) - Alexandra Warehouse Library has a fiction collection located within the Library, and a 'book swap' trolley on Level 3 of the building.

Public libraries

Use your UWE Bristol ID card to register with any library in the LibrariesWest region.

You can borrow fiction, and also use an app to access popular digital magazines and e-books, or listen to audio books.

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Free audio and e-books

In addition to what public libraries offer, here are links to free audio and e-books:

Free audio books

Free e-books