Resources for self isolation

  "Home Alone during the day" by Dejan Krsmanovic. Creative Commons

As well as resources to help you study at a distance the Library also has a wealth of resources that can help tackle boredom and coping with social distancing and isolation.

Stave off boredom

If you keep on meaning to read a classic but never have the time then now maybe the perfect opportunity. Literature Online provides access to classic texts by British and American authors such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Elliot and the Brontes. Search LibrarySearch Digital for a full range of fiction available digitally.

Alternatively why not watch a classic film. Kanopy’s classic film collections includes titles such as Charade, Little Shop of Horrors and the original 1930’s  A Star is Born. There is also a huge range of British and World Cinema as well as documentaries spanning a range of topics.

Missing going to the theatre?  Digital Theatre Plus provides access to around 300 plays and productions including both classics and contemporary theatre from companies such as Shakespeare’s globe and the Broadway Digital Archive. Plays include Macbeth, King Lear, The Crucible, Grapes of Wrath, The Doll’s House and Alice in Wonderland.

BoB On Demand TV and Radio also offers a wide diversity of programmes to watch and listen to with an archive of content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra dating back to the 1950s. As well as searching for your favourite shows you can also access public playlists and search for hand picked videos from other universities on your chosen topic. 

Other resources we love are

  • Omeleto channel on You Tube providing award winning short films.
  • This list of artists live streaming free concerts
  • and if classical is more your style try BachConcert allows you to search and watch concerts and operas online
  • FutureLearn provides access to free online courses from educational and study skills to hobbies such as starting to write fiction, learning how to code and researching your family team.


It is important to recognise that self isolation and distance from others may have an impact on your well being. The Library has created a reading list of digital titles to help with well-being. Mental Health First Aid England have also provided helpful advice on how to look after your mental health while working from home.

Remember to make time for exercise and physical activity. The Body Coach channel on YouTube provides a number of different length workouts you can do from home.

Your ideas

Let us know which resources are helping you get through and any tips you have for working from home in the comment section below.

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