Skip to Main Content

Wellness Guide

a guide to wellness initatives at Lakehead Libraries

Casual Reading Collection

The casual reading collection, located on the main floor of Paterson Library, is part of our commitment to supporting wellness initiatives across the university. This collection consists of bestsellers, recent fiction and non-fiction titles, biographies, etc. The loan period is 4 weeks with unlimited renewals.

Chancellor Paterson Soulbowl

Chancellor Paterson Library's Student Health and Wellness space has a new name! After three rounds of Access Services student staff polling, the space has been renamed The Soulbowl.

In case you missed it, our Access Services staff have partnered with Student Health and Wellness to create a wellness space in the library. This new space is located in the Fishbowl (now the Soulbowl), the windowed area near the café that once held our microwaves. Students visiting this space will find:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Health and Wellness resources
  • Colouring sheets and supplies
  • Message boards to share ideas and positive thoughts
  • Puzzles
  • Therapy dog visits
  • A WellU Key iPad - an iPad Kiosk that offers a quick and easy way for students to receive a mental health assessment and learn about the types of support and resources available to them.

Suggestions for the space are welcome! Please contact Alexis Paulusma ( with your ideas. 

Books & eBooks for Mental Wellness

It's all good (unless it's not) : mental health tips and self-care strategies for your undergrad years
Overcoming Imposter Anxiety
Living Mindfully: Discovering Authenticity through Mindfulness Coaching
The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well
Stress in college athletics : causes, consequences, coping

Law Library

The Law Library understands that Law Students have unique concerns during their studies and tries to offer a variety of materials to support their well-being.  You can find several titles specific to law student concerns in our Foundations of Canadian Law LibGuide, under "Law School Life."  In addition to books, we have a Stressbusting Corner on the second floor where you can find a display with: 

  • Puzzles 
  • Games
  • Colouring books  

Ask at our Circulation Desk if you would like to borrow blankets or art supplies! 

Orillia Harvie Legacy Library in Simcoe Hall

The Orillia Harvie Legacy Library in Simcoe Hall on University Avenue, is NOT your ordinary library!

Along with access to e-resources like the Criterion movie collection mentioned above, the Harvie Legacy Library has:

Musical Instruments!

We have 3 acoustic guitars

and other stringed

instruments that Orillia

students can borrow.

Painted Rocks!

Now and again during the
school year, the library
hosts a rock painting activity,
and several rocks from past
years can be found on the
library bookshelves.


We often have a "Relaxation Station" set up on a cart

near the library, where  students work away on our

collection of puzzles.

 We also have a few other  items, such as

Kinetic Sand and finger puzzles.


Education Library (Thunder Bay)

The Education Library on the Thunder Bay campus serves primarily the needs of undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Education.  The library offers many in-library wellness activities, events and resources (books, kits, games, puzzles).  

Puzzles:  Throughout the year, a community puzzle is available for all students to complete. 

Colouring Pages and Community Colouring Poster: 


Wellness Basket:  Stress-busting items such as fidgets & playdough are available for students to borrow!


Rock painting sessions are offered for students throughout the year. 


The Education Library offers many great time management, stress management books for new teachers.  A selection of these titles is provided below:  

Education Library (Orillia)

The Orillia Education Library is located at the downtown Heritage Place campus. We are just a few minutes walk from downtown shops and restaurants like Mariposa Market, and the scenic Orillia waterfront is only a few minutes further down Mississaga Street.

Along with a ukulele which you are able to sign out from the library desk, the Orillia Education Library & Commons offers:


Beanbag Chairs to relax in as you study or brainstorm amazing ideas for lesson plans.



Rock painting sessions and Crochet sessions, usually

in collaboration with Thrive Week programming.



Board games and Lego.