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Write a book or DVD review

Write a book or DVD review

Please tell us what you think about the books you have read or the films you have watched. Published reviews are added to the online catalogue, so that your thoughts will be shared with other readers. Reviews are permanently linked to the item that was reviewed.

How to leave a review

Before you can leave a review you will need to ensure you have set up an Arena account on the library system. This is linked to your library card and will provide you with access to extra features including the ability to add reviews and ratings.

If the item is on your card or you have borrowed it previously:

  • Sign into your online account using your library card number and PIN, or Arena username and password. If you do not know your PIN, you can apply for your PIN online.
  • Click on 'My loans history' and your list of items currently on loan and items you have previously borrowed will be displayed.
  • Click on 'Add your review' and type your review into the box that appears.
  • Click 'Save'.

Alternatively search for the item:

  • Go to the catalogue to search for the version of the item you would like to review.
  • The 'Add your review' button appears in the record in the search results list and also on the individual catalogue record page underneath the item availability details.
  • Click on 'Add your review' and type your review into the box that appears.
  • Click 'Save'.

When writing your review

Here are some things to think about:

  • Did you like the book/DVD?
  • Why did you like or dislike it?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • Would you recommend it to anyone?

We will not publish reviews that contain:

  • Offensive language or swear words
  • Personal comments about other reviewers, readers or authors
  • Comments that have nothing to do with the item you are reviewing.

By sending us a review you have given us permission to publish it, however all reviews have to be approved before they are published.

Reviews will normally appear within five days.