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Yay! My library is back open!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

I've missed my trips to the library.



It's walking distance from the house and, for a small village, it's a good library. They always seem to have what I'm looking for. And this week someone picked up for me my first library books since March. Very exciting! You can't go and browse, but the librarians will pick a book "bundle" for you if you tell them what genre or authors you like. They made some great choices for me and I'm looking forward to reading all three.



One of things on my "Would Love to Visit" list is a selection of libraries around England which look just glorious.

Here's Duke Humfrey’s Library in Oxford. It's the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library and it's open for students to study in:-



Then there's Wren Library in Cambridge which first opened in 1695. Now this doesn't look quite as cosy as Duke Humfrey's, I'm not imagining myself curled up in there with a book, but I'd love to see it all the same:-



Some of the oldest libraries in England were chained libraries. The books were literally chained down. Actually we have a chained library in the church near us, and it's got a fascinating history. But the oldest one is at Hereford - some of their books are from the 8th century. Imagine that, well over a thousand years old! Here's a picture of their library:-



Talking of old... Chetham’s Library in Manchester has been in continuous use as a public library for over 350 years. It is housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating from 1421 which was built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church:-



Well, I could go on. I've got a long list! And once life gets back to normal I'll be itching to get started. But in the meantime, thank you to our local council for safely opening up my local little slice of book heaven!

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  • DESIREE672
    What a wonderful blog. Who would have thought a blog about libraries would be fascinating but it is!
    51 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    You're singing my song, that's for sure. We have a joke here in the US (among librarians) that you can always tell a librarian because they're vacation photos are always of them posing in front of a library.

    I'm so glad you can get books again. The library I ran was so small that I made extensive use of the Inter-library loan system - where smaller libraries could borrow from bigger, better stocked ones. That service is gone now and alas - I really miss it. I hope the loss is only temporary.

    Even though the staff is very deferential to me as the former director - I am very careful about not abusing that, putting staff in a quandary about rule bending, so while we were in phase 1 shutdown I only used the downloadable services. It's nice to be able to go in and look for myself, now.
    54 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    my favorite place thanks for the great pictures enjoy those books a slice of heaven
    55 days ago
  • MUGABI123
    Enjoy!
    55 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    What beautiful pictures and I really appreciate this last 1 because I love to read good books too!..😊...
    55 days ago
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