Published on 21/07/2020
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  • Lockdown Library Project launched by the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture at Aston University
  • Research aims to understand how the public’s reading habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Public asked to take part via a short survey

A new research project which will be putting our lockdown reading habits under the microscope is calling for help from the general public.

The Lockdown Library Project, which aims to understand how our reading habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, is inviting readers to take part in the study by completing a short survey.

The research is being conducted by the Language and Literature Group of the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture at Aston University.

Dr Abigail Boucher, lecturer in English literature at Aston University, said: “Our reading contexts during the lockdown period are likely to be very different to our usual situation, with the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly affecting our reading habits and practices.

“The Lockdown Library Project aims to explore which experiences readers turn to in times of stress, or when the external context of reading is already emotionally heightened. What kinds of books are we choosing to read, and what kind of reading experiences are we actively seeking out, or looking to distance ourselves from?

“We hope that the public will take part by completing our questionnaire to help us find out more about what these changes are, and how and why they have come about.”

Readers aged 18 or over can take part by completing the survey. The survey closes on Friday 31 July.


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.


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