Wellbeing Matters 2022

Wellbeing in the College Libraries and Archives

The College Libraries and Archives play a significant role in supporting student (and staff) wellbeing by providing:

• Encouragement and support for pupils to develop and explore their own academic, intellectual and extra curricular interests • Book clubs for all ages that provide a friendly and relaxed environment for sharing an enjoyment of reading and a sense of community

• A friendly and welcoming place where students can find a quiet space away from the rigours of the classroom and a calm alternative to the playground and playing fields • A broad range of reading materials to support physical, spiritual and mental health including items on healthy living, improving sleep, emotional development, sexuality, and gender • Book selection that focuses on diversity and inclusion to ensure all pupils feel they are represented within the collection and are able to find relevant support and advice • Fiction and non-fiction books to encourage ‘readaxation’ – reading for pleasure with the proven benefits of improving language skills, developing empathy, and reducing stress

• A series of information literacy lessons that develop skills centring on wellbeing themes

• A pupil librarian scheme that allows pupils to contribute to the running of the libraries and develop social and inter-personal skills through working as part of a team • Volunteering opportunities in the Archive open up new areas of interest and gives the chance to work in teams from different year groups • Staff in a unique position to see pupils outside of lessons and identify / seek support for pupils experiencing pastoral support such as loneliness or bullying


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