17 September 2008

Your local library

I forgot to mention, I finished reading 'The Forgotten Garden' last week - excellent book. So, straight away I was on the hunt for new books to read. I spent a lot of time researching which books I should purchase and what deals were available; buy one get one free/half price, 3 for 2, student discounts, charity shops and shops in small Cumbrian villages. Then, it dawned on me, *lightbulb* I am a member of the Manchester libraries.

So, I set about searching the local library catalogue to see if they stocked the recent and popular titles. They did, albeit all copies were out on loan, but they had them. I discovered I had a few 'local' libraries to choose from; Longsight, Fallowfield, Didsbury but the Central library is the largest and best looking one, no? It looks almost Roman!


Oh and there is the John Rylands Library, on Deansgate (sister to our John Rylands University of Manchester Library) which is also equally impressive, resembling a Church. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture that did it justice. What does yours look like?

They also offer a free reserve facility so I reserved 'The House at Riverton' by Kate Morton as the one copy at each library was unavailable. I then cycled the 3 minute journey to Longsight library. I recollected the typical shabby, underfunded local library, full of papyrus gems nonetheless, that I had trudged past before on the way to Asda. After forgetting my piece of paper with the titles/authors I was looking for, I scoured every fiction shelf, A to Z. I settled with
  • 'The Queen's Fool' - Philippa Gregory
  • 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' - Khaled Hosseini
  • 'Sepulchre' - Kate Mosse
and have managed to read about a third of the first on the list. They aren't due back until October 3rd but hopefully, with the renew option, I can hold onto them a little longer if I don't manage to finish them in time.

I am loving my new local library experience!! You should get involved too.


  1. I love the phenomenon of us young adults "rediscovering" our local libraries. Here in San Francisco they are free and connected with libraries statewide, in case you want to request a title your local branch doesn't hold. This summer I read a bunch non-academic works from the public library. So wonderful. But it's back to work now.

    I think your blog is pretty rad; glad I found it. Greetings from SF.

  2. Braaaaains! Excellent username.

    They're free here in the UK as well, to join and rent books at least and enough people don't enjoy their pleasure as public libraries aren't 'cool'. On the contrary, I think they're old school cool.

    I too am reading non-academic books. I should take a leaf out of your book and get back to my work though, I suppose.

    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog anyway and for your comment. Hope to see you around here again. I've had a little look at your blog, shall have to have an indepth look later.