Hillcroft LRC

Archive for September 2013

Being avid library geeks the Hillcroft LRC team went on a Library Information and History Group tour of the Lost Libraries of London on Friday 20 September.

The tour by Alice Library wallFord-Smith included several non-librarians including lawyers and some enthusiasts from the Netherlands. The places we visited included libraries that disappeared, ones under threat and ones that had survived from fire and war damage.

We went to buildings associated with library collections and books like Dr Johnson’s House (author of the English dictionary) and St Bride Foundation (includes a library and theatre space) as well as former subscription libraries run by W H Smith and Boots. One of the highlights was the chance to get in the Gray’s Inn Library which was taking part in London’s Open House weekend. Here we saw photographs of the original library which was affected by bombing in World War II.

We covered areas around Gray’s Inn, Fleet Street, Inner Temple and St Paul’s. The tour was so popular it has a waiting list and is running again this Friday 27 September. Find out more on the Library History Group blog post.

Fiction books close upIn our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) we stock contemporary fiction to encourage our residential learners to get some bed time and leisure reading.

Orange Prize winning Zadie Smith is one of our favourites and we have a number of books with Zadie’s short stories and writing including Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays.

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 22 September at 1115 is broadcasting Zadie’s top 10 discs for the desert island. What do you think Zadie will choose as the book to take with her? Listen to previous desert island disc residents on the BBC – Desert Island Discs web page. Her podcast will be available later on their page.

Zadie in the stream

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