A group of school leavers visited us as part of their National Citizenship Service to design and carry out a social action project and created a community display that represented their interests as young people, to make an impact on the academic community at the University of Portsmouth. View images of the display here on the Library blog or come in and see the display for yourself in the Library Atrium.

Reading for pleasure for just 30 minutes a week is associated with many benefits, from increased life satisfaction, self-esteem, better sleep, creativity, and happiness to improved social skills. It helps us rediscover all of who we are as we recognise feelings and situations faced by characters, reminding us of our common humanity and helping us remember and reconnect to all that we are and not just those aspects of ourselves we feel reduced to by the doubts and anxieties of the moment. So where can you most easily find things to read for pleasure?

When I say “summer” and “health food”, what immediately springs to mind? Salad? Fruit salad? you haven’t been watching the right adverts, and by right I mean this little gem from 1938, in which the ladies all take a break from gym class to enjoy an ice cream as part of their healthy lifestyle.

I'm starting to understand why mathematics was regarded as a form of magic in the Middle Ages.

What do the letters pi, tau, a circle, and the rather questionable assertion that everything you do on 15 March is wrong but the same things on 16 March are all right have in common? Apart from a librarian with access to blogging software being too hot to do real work? Read on to find out!

Open access journals and integrative open publication platforms seeking to disseminate open research as quickly and transparently as possible and without paywalls are being launched across fields as far apart as microbiology and health to global social challenges. Check out the latest contributions made by our Research Outputs Team to the Research and Innovation Hub.

It is frustrating that we are only able to share our vast electronic resource collections with our current staff and students. Still, you can read many of the cutting edge articles and ebooks coming out of academia. Many are made freely available to everyone under an open access license while others are available through the public libraries’ Access to research scheme.