Brunel University and the Union of Brunel Students have undertaken and funded a #LiberatedLibrary campaign to diversify our library and offer new books by authors from the global south, people of colour, female, LGBT+, and disabled authors. This will enhance the student experience when accessing the library, whilst also liberating student’s education away from standard white male and Eurocentric reading lists. It will enable students to look at different perspectives of life, and use this knowledge in their education to help them obtain a good degree.
Throughout February 2017 students were invited to suggest books online or in the Library. From the 6th - 10th February stalls and book displays celebrated a diverse range of authors and launched the campaign.
A total of 65 books were suggested, 21 are already owned by the library and the remaining 44 books have been ordered. To see a full list of the books ordered please click here. A celebration event when all the books have arrived will be held in Spring 2017.
The suggestions will be fed back to academic departments as suggestions for how to diversify the curriculum. Students will be able to use the books for recreational or academic reading.