Back in 2016, Charley was in Slovenia, not looking for libraries at all. You don’t normally expect to find libraries in a place like this:
Sure it looks beautiful but it was FREEZING when you tried to paddle in it
But even a lake can be a suitable place for a library – in this case a little free library in a lovingly crafted little house.
We thought it was a birdhouse at first
The library offered books for anyone to borrow and read while sitting in the sun around the lake. Books could then be returned, or you could add a book of your own to the collection.
All the photos in this post were created by Charley Vaughton and are licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 license
Jane, one of the research librarians, spent some time in Australia this Christmas. She couldn’t resist visiting a couple of libraries!
The first one she visited was a little honesty library in a shopping mall in Melbourne. People can borrow the books and bring them back, or replace them with another book, and there is no formal checking out process.
The second library was slightly larger and grander – the state library of Victoria, complete with dedicated chess playing area!
You can see some pictures from Jane’s trip below – click to view them in full.
One of our team recently had the chance to visit the British Library at Boston Spa, and take a tour of the site. Many researchers are probably familiar with the services offered by the British Library – digitisation and reading rooms being obvious examples – but this was a more ‘behind the scenes’ look at what happens at the Yorkshire site.