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Reads and rights

Celebrating equality and diversity in the library collections at Bath Spa University.

The Reads and Rights project was a year long campaign celebrating equality and diversity in the library’s collections.

It started during Bath Spa University Equality and Diversity Week, from 26th-30th October 2015, and culminated in the Reads and Rights Media Wall Exhibition during Equality and Diversity Week in 2016.

"With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one, but no one at all, can tell you what to read and when and how."

Doris Lessing

In the press

The Reads and Rights project appeared in several national newspapers and journals during its year long campaign. Our Director of Libraries and Learning Services, Alison Baud, wrote a feature article for CILIP Update Magazine, the UK's leading library and information science community. She highlighted how the campaign grew out of the core values of Bath Spa University's libraries and how community engagement has increased as a result.

The main aim of Reads and Rights is to stimulate thinking and conversations about equality and diversity and at the same time about books, reading and libraries.

Alison Baud, Director of Libraries and Learning Services

Articles also appeared in The National Student, The Independent, and The Evening Standard focusing specifically on a top ten list produced as part of the campaign.

10 books that have changed the world for the better:

  1. 'Two Boys Kissing', David Levithan
  2. 'Nevada', Imogen Binnie
  3. 'The Reason I Jump', Naoki Higashida
  4. 'The Story of My Life', Helen Keller
  5. 'I am Malala', Malala Yousafzai
  6. 'Orlando', Virginia Woolf
  7. 'Elizabeth is Missing', Emma Healey
  8. 'The Bell Jar', Sylvia Plath
  9. 'If this is a Man', Primo Levi
  10. 'Ain’t I a Woman', bell hooks

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