Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library in Oxford is quite possibly the most over-rated library in the country. It claims to have copies of every book published in England, which actually means that it doesn't have many useful books printed outside England. And yes, it's got some very large number of books, but most of the books are actually in warehouses 10 miles away.

And they don't actually let you borrow anything. That's useful when it's a book labelled as "Essential reading" on your course list and the 10 copies in the department library have already been borrowed by people with tutorials earlier in the week who have now forgotten to take them back so will have to pay a small fine while I have to cope without. But it's not so good because there aren't any 24-hour reading rooms, which was really inconvenient when I was doing teacher training and so at school all through office hours.

Also, in a world centre of literacy or whatever, I found this sign quite amusing....

So many comments:

  • Could I have a staircase with gravy please? Or how about a toilet with lumpy chocolate sauce?
  • Does the notice say they provide drinking fountains but you aren't allowed to use them? I think so
  • Why does Oxford have this thing against drinking water? (you aren't allowed to drink water while doing exams either, though you are allowed to go to the toilet once in a 3 hour exam - I suspect it's a human rights violation and keep toying with the idea of trying to call them on it). Given that when I went into the Bodleian today, I was dripping wet and managed to drip on a few books, surely a better rule would be drinks with sports caps only; no dripping on books.
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