Library Champions

Forthcoming projects

Group of students outside of the library

Each semester there are a number of Library projects that you can take part in as a Library Champion; details of further projects taking place next year will be released soon.

As a volunteer, you can choose to get involved with as many projects as you like that reflect your areas of interest.

Century of Student Life

Century of Student Life is being led by the University’s Archives and Special Collections department as a project celebrating the centenary of the University of Leicester in 2022. It will explore student life over the last century and offers opportunities for students to join volunteer teams and take on specialist roles within the department to assist in a range of areas. Roles will include helping to produce social media content, creating and working with oral history recordings, developing creative ideas for engaging the public with archives and more. 

Investigating Learning Tools

This is a continuation of the audio tools project the 2021-22 Library Champions cohort developed. The first part of this project will look at updating the Text-to-Speech Tools User Guide that was produced as a result of the Champions’ Audio Tools Project in 2021-22. The second part will focus on branching out the project to produce more guides on other types of learning tools available to students. 

Developing the leisure reading collection

Each year Library Champions have worked closely with the library to develop the print collection in the Exhibition Zone of the library This year we are expanding the collection to online material such as e-books, e-magazines and audio books through the OverDrive platform. Library Champions will help promote this new service across campus and get involved in selecting titles to ensure we provide access to a diverse range of content.

Sounds of the future

The East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) collections is being catalogued and moved into a new digital preservation system so that people can find them more easily as part of the Sounds of the Future project. As part of this, we want to advertise what we doing to increase people’s awareness and use of the collections.

Our volunteer opportunities for Library Champions will be:

  • Increasing awareness through a social media campaign
  • Helping to create catalogue entries for the recordings
  • Creating sound clips for use in blogs, podcasts and webpages.

More projects to be added so keep checking our website for updates!

This a fantastic scheme to help build and develop your skills. It's wonderful to work with students from different courses and the librarian is friendly, patient and supportive.


I've had so much fun being creative and meeting new people across the university and on different courses. It's something different that is not only helpful as I've learned about the library services on offer, but also great fun.

Megan Wankling

Being a Library Champion was brilliant, as it helped me learn more about the library and I was able to impact how library resources are displayed and distributed to students. I discovered new resources and had to opportunity to help others learn about them as well.

Shelley Lowery

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