Better Read: Reading for wellbeing. What’s all that about?

Welcome to our new blog to support reading for wellbeing! We’re launching Better Read to coincide with Libraries Week, which this year has the theme of Wellbeing, but we’ll be sharing recommendations and news all year and beyond! Follow us so you don’t miss out.

Did you know that reading for pleasure is not only enjoyable, but it’s actually good for you? We have the research to back this up! Reading is great for building empathy and improving wellbeing, and it might even help you to live longer! We love a good book at the library, and we love happy, healthy students, so we want to help you take a break from all those textbooks and reports and read something for fun!

We’ve recently added some fiction books to the Wellbeing Collections in Bay and Singleton Park Libraries:

Bay Library

On Love and Barley

Cicio’r Bar


Lady in the Van

Soul Music

The Humans

Street Cat Named Bob

Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Man Called Ove

Singleton Park Library

I capture the Castle

Witches Abroad

The Eyre Affair


Harri Potter maen yr arthonydd

The Help

The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window

Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero

The emergency Poet

The Wellbeing Collection includes a selection of self-help books to help with a range of issues such as coping with stress, getting better sleep and even how to cook for yourself. Fiction is a great way to relax, so we think the books above will be a real asset to the collection. You’ll find the books in the Wellbeing Corner near the Group Pod in Bay Library. In Singleton Park Library, they are in the new Cwtch on the Level 4 mezzanine. You can borrow them like any other book in the library.

We hope you enjoy the selection above, but there’s plenty more to choose from too. South Wales Miners Library and Singleton Park Library both have excellent literature sections that include books by popular authors. You can use iFind to Request books are sent to a different library for you if you don’t visit SWML or SPL. Just ask at the Information Desk in the library if you need help finding books or using the Request service.

Books arranged in a heart shape


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Did you know that reading fiction is good for you in so many ways? It can Relieve stress Widen vocabulary Increase empathy Boost your mood Help you live longer A wyddoch chi bod darllen ffuglen yn dda i chi mewn nifer o wahanol ffyrdd? Mae’n bosib iddo Ryddhau straen Ehangu eich geirfa Cynyddu eich empathi Hybu eich hwyliau Eich cynorthwyo i fyw yn hirach

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