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Library Services for Studying Online: For Fun & Wellbeing

For Fun & Wellbeing

Studying online in the midst of this global health crisis can be difficult. On this page are some online resources which may help you to relax and unwind, or learn new skills. You will also find links to key wellbeing services. Don't forget to take regular screen breaks!

Wellbeing & Mental Health

Wellbeing Support Services

Our University Wellbeing support services have a range of self-help materials on their website, including podcasts, reading materials, and links to useful websites. There is also access to the Togetherall confidential 24/7 support service and one to one support from Advisers.

Reading Well books

The Library and The Wellbeing Support team have created a Reading Well selection, which provides you with key reading materials on a variety of wellbeing topics. You can read some of these materials online, or retrieve them from the library. 

Fika App

The University is offering access to mental fitness app Fika, an additional tool to stay motivated, productive, focused and connected whilst studying online. Download Fika for free from your app store, and search for the University of Huddersfield, then sign up with you university email address. More instructions here.

Fika has created a dedicated series of programmes specifically designed to help combat the challenges of remote study and the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Programmes and audio guides cover topics including managing distractions and uncertainty, maintaining motivation and positivity, staying connected, self-care and healthy habits.



Useful websites

The NHS offers free resources to support wellbeing on their website, as do mental health charities such as Mind, Rethink and The Blurt Foundation.

Library Entertainment & Music Subscriptions

Listening to music can help you to relax - why not try out our subscription to Naxos Music Library?


Catch up on TV shows you've missed:


Read newspaper articles from across the globe:


Keep up-to-date with fashion trends:

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning

All students, staff and researchers can access free online learning courses on LinkedIn Learning. You could take a range of courses to develop your personal, professional, technical or creative skills. You can even add certifications to your LinkedIn profile to show to potential employers after university!

See our guide to LinkedIn Learning for more information about how to register.

Web Resources

Theatre & concerts

The latest theatre, musical and opera shows you can stream online can be found at WhatsOnStage.

Billboard list virtual concerts.


Virtual Tourism

Don't let staying at home stop you from appreciating the world's best tourist sites, museums and galleries - take a virtual tour instead!

Here are some suggestions:

Start big at the Great Wall of China.

Take a virtual tour of world-famous museums and galleries.

Spot the animals on a live zoo webcam.

Go out of this world with a tour of Mars.



Missing HudReads? For leisure reading, your local public library has a huge range of free ebooks, newspapers and magazines. Browse Kirklees Libraries online collection and join for free online to borrow items.

Staying Active

You could make use of Digimap's database of Ordnance Survey maps to plan your local exercise.