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Engineering Library: Wellbeing

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

Image: cuddly study buddies in the libraryWellbeing

The Engineering Library is not just here to support your studies and research - we also have collections, resources and events to help support your wellbeing during your time at Cambridge.

Wellbeing collection

Located near the main door in the Collaborative space, we have a small but growing collection of books on physical and mental wellbeing, dealing with stress and offering self-help for issues such as anxiety and worry. If you know a good book to add to this collection, please let us know.

Science Fiction collection

By the wellbeing collection, we also have science fiction novels and short stories, so you can take a break from studying and explore other worlds! If you have a recommendation of a book to add, let us know and we can try to beam one up for you!

Movies collection

We have a range of DVDs that can be borrowed, so you can enjoy a relaxing night in, or a movie night with friends!

Study skills

The Library holds books on study skills, academic writing, how to prepare a thesis, and how to deal with the challenges of the academic journey, which can help you to overcome any obstacle in your way.

Study Buddies

The Library has a community of small squishy creatures, called Study Buddies! They live by the Information Desk and, while we ask you not to take them out of the Library, they can follow you to your desk and provide you with company while you work. They make great squeezy stress relievers too!

Puzzles and crafts

In the Collaborative space, we have jigsaw puzzles, colouring books, and crafting supplies for you to take a break and take your mind off work. There is usually a group of people crafting in the Library on Tuesday lunchtimes, so drop by and get creative.

Engineers' Cafe

The Cambridge University Engineering Society host Engineers' Cafe sessions in the Library North Room during term times, for you to study with friends, work through example papers, and enjoy free tea, coffee and snacks! CUES also hold chill out rooms in exam time, and many more activities around the Department so keep an eye out for announcements of events.

First Aid and Mental Health First Aid

The Library team includes a full-time trained First Aider, who is also a Mental Health First Aid Champion. If you have any physical or mental health concerns, feel free to come to the Information Desk for advice and support. 

One-to-one support

We offer one-to-one support for your academic career. We can advise on searching for what you need, managing your information and data, sharing and communicating your work, Open Access policies and more. The Library is staffed Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, so drop in any time with your questions.