Gladstone’s Library on Monday night
My study desk on Tuesday afternoon
This week I am not in the school library but I am in a completely different kind of library, Gladstone’s Library. This library was created by the former Prime Minister William Gladstone and it is special for a lot of reasons. One reason is that is made up of 20,000 books donated by William Gladstone in 1889; another is you can stay in rooms at the library so you get to sleep over in a library; another is the library offers scholarships for students, clergy, writers, and scholars so people can stay at the library and do research; another is the library is silent! No talking allowed!
I visited the library in May 2017 and found the library’s classification system (it is not Dewey Decimal System that we use in our school library) quite intriguing. I wanted to learn more about it so I took a chance and applied for a scholarship to do research in the library. I was really excited when the library told me I had received a scholarship and that I got to spend a week in the library! I arrived on Monday and have spent most of my time reading, researching, writing, and meeting with a member of the library team who has provided me really helpful information. I hope to compile all of the information I’ve gathered into an article about the library for a professional journal for librarians.
Even though I’ve finished school (a very long time ago) and completed my university degrees, I am still excited about my learning and really looking forward to sharing my findings with other librarians, and with anyone who asks me about my week staying in a library!