Speed-dating our Library Treasures II: Small Books and Big Ideas

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library You may recall that, during our 2016 Library Fest programme, we trialled a new event: Speed-date our Library Treasures. Put simply, this was an opportunity for the public to engage with a wide range of some of our most interesting and unique stock items, all curated by…

Exhibition: The Age of Shakespeare

Last week’s main article highlighted some of the amazing Shakespeare-related finds in our Art Library collections. Readers may also be interested to hear about a new exhibition currently on display in the Central Library (outside Room700, 1st Floor). Entitled “The Age of Shakespeare”, this lovingly-curated exhibition aims to create a sense of the world that Shakespeare inhabited…

On Our Blog Post Dated 1st April, 2016

Fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s work – in particular, his Necronomicon – will have no doubt spotted our April Fool’s joke last Friday, aptly described by a colleague as a “goof and a spoof“. For everyone else, it’s time for us to come clean: we don’t really hold a book with the contents as described in that blog…

Highlights from our Special Collections: Helvetius’ De l’esprit

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library The stacks in the Central Library hold around 250,000 items, a dizzying array of materials covering a vast multitude of fields. This ‘stack stock’ is split into a few main sections: around 40,000 books available for loan; our archived journal holdings; and our Special Collections. While the majority of these…