Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Barbican Library

     I do not have any pictures of the outside of the Barbican Library because it is housed in a ugly concrete monstrosity that is far too ugly to document. If you really feel the need to see it, use Google images.
     I am going to go ahead and give the tour guide of the trip award to Jonathan Gibbs. He is the I.T. and Operations Librarian at the Barbican. Jonathan used humor and good cheer to make our experience awesome. I do not have a single picture of him to post (bummer). But if one was to so inquire, you can find him on YouTube by searching for the terms Russell Howard and Hay Fever.
     The pictures above and below were taken from outside the entrance to the library. The Barbican Library is housed in a building with many other cultural departments and theaters. The pictures show the catalog search and the computer used for book returns.
     The Barbican Library has four main sections of books available for patrons. The members of the library can check out fiction and non-fiction books from the general section of the library. Art books and information are in their own section and not cross-shelved. The children books can be found in the children's library (more to come on this later) while music scores, books, and cds can be accessed in the music library.

    The hours of operation (in picture above) may seem weird to people used to having their library stay open a little later, especially on the weekend. The Barbican Library is the public lending library for the City of London. Not many people live in the actual City of London, but many people do work there. Most of the users of the library are not residents of the City of London.
The DVDs and CDs are checked out for a week at a time. A fee is charged for both of these items. I am still trying to get used to that, it seems to be a trend here in the United Kingdom.

I would be remiss not to mention the amazing children's librarian, Amanda Owens. She has graciously agreed to help me gather any information I may need to assist me in writing my research paper. My research topic is going to focus on some aspect of the summer reading programs offered in the United Kingdom in the summer. I have also set it up with her to be able to attend the kick-off event for the Barbican Summer Reading Challenge. The theme for this summer's challenge is Mythical Maze. I look forward to interviewing Amanda in greater detail and attending the event in a couple Saturdays. I am so lucky that we happened to visit the Barbican this early in the month.

     All around, the Barbican was a great tour predominantly due to the outstanding individuals that we met at throughout the library. If you would like to visit the website, click Barbican Library. The Barbican is on Facebook and Pinterest also. 

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