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Oxford Libraries


Oxford is a lovely town and I have to admit that I’m a little in awe of the University experience that people get when they attend the University of Oxford. My main reason to go there was to visit the Bodleian Library and go on an extended tour of the library. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was a little disappointed with the tour. Perhaps it was because I’m a librarian and have a different perspective..? Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside the original Bodleian Library, or the Radcliffe Camera. I was astonished to discovered that each college has its own library as well! In fact, I just found a list of over 100 Oxford University Libraries and College libraries. If a job swap opportunity ever came up, I’d been keen to live there for 6 months (over summer please :).


Catching up with Sarah, the older sister of a girl I went to high school with, and a Librarian at the Radcliffe Science Library was a highlight. Lunch at The Ashmolean Museum was fantastic. Great food and some wonderful exhibits. Talking shop and trading work stories is always great. Sarah’s working on the Oxford University Research Archive and wasn’t impressed to hear about Higher Education Research Data Collection codes. I did point her in the direction of the Swinburne repository and CRO.


Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

Despite being a book lover and, god forbid, a Librarian! I am NOT a big reader of Classics. In fact, I prefer it if they’re turned into films. I love a good costume drama!

However, there was just something about this book that made me borrow it. Perhaps it was the cover. I do like a book with a good cover. To be honest, in the beginning it was the cover, but then I read the blurb and met Flora Poste and her relatives the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. I took Cold Comfort Farm away with me over my Easter holidays and I meant to read it, classic or not.

Once I’d started the book and got used to the difference in language (it was first published in 1932) I really started to enjoy it. The characters were delightful, the plot wonderful and to my surprise, it was funny!

I’m wondering how many other great stories I have dismissed, simply because they are “classics”. It is time to broaden my horizons and challenge myself with my reading.

Cold Comfort Farm gets 4 stars from me.