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More Books - E-Books!

Two students on the Library bridge each holding a pile of booksThe More Books - Your Books! campaign has now finished for this Term.

Thank you to those of you who sent in requests – we have had some excellent suggestions. We have processed over 1000 requests for e-book additions to Library stock since 23 March. We hope these additional books will be useful for all of our students in the coming months.

Even though the campaign has finished, we would still like to hear from you about the books you need. Send us your suggestions or contact your Academic Support Librarian and we will order those which support study and research here at Warwick.

Why did we start the campaign?A student choosing a book from the Library shelves

Quite simply, we listened to your feedback, and saw the NSS results – you told us that the Library had insufficient texts. But we didn’t know which texts were most needed. So, in 2018 we set about creating a scheme whereby our students could tell us directly which books they required to enhance their studies.

How has it worked so far?

We first piloted this campaign from 23 January 2018 to 9 February 2018, calling out to all students to tell us which books were needed to enhance their studies. We received almost 200 requests in total, and spent nearly £10,000 during the three week campaign! We were impressed by the breadth and seriousness of the suggestions, and were very happy to receive positive feedback from participants:

A student at the Library entrance, holding above her head, last years campaign poster
Thank you very much for letting me know, this is cool indeed. It is my pleasure to contribute to the Library
Thank you so much for this. I am sure many of us at the university will make great use of these two books

We felt convinced that More Books – Your Books! was a good idea, and ran the campaign again in Term 2 and Term 3, 2019. In Term 3 we particularly asked for requests which would support initiatives across campus to decolonise the curriculum.

In March 2020, following the closure of all Library buildings due to the coronavirus outbreak, More Books – Your Books! became More Books – More E-Books! and students were invited to tell us which e-books they needed to support their studies. Over 1000 requests were received and processed, and we hope the e-books added to our collections will be useful for students now and in the future.

Find out more about the success of More Books – Your Books! at our #StudyBlog: