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Medieval Library Rules

06 February 2016

Today is National Libraries Day. Here's a guide to proper behaviour in the library. Rule No. 1: No Pets Please do not bring your pets to the library. That includes pet rabbits and tame doves. St Gregory the Great in...

National Libraries Day - the great legacy of our public libraries

05 February 2016

This Saturday, 6th February is National Libraries Day - a celebration of public libraries and librarians. I was fortunate enough to be taken to the local library as a child and some of my earliest memories are of attending story...

PLR figures reveal the nation's most borrowed books

05 February 2016

In this guest post for Living Knowledge, bestselling historian and Chair of the Public Lending Right (PLR) Advisory Committee Tom Holland delves into the detail behind this year's PLR statistics. As they ever are, the PLR borrowing figures this year...

Why can’t a tree be called Pluplusch?

05 February 2016

On 5 February 1916 at the Holländische Meierei restaurant on Spiegelgasse 1, Zürich, the Cabaret Voltaire was launched. The Cabaret was the brainchild of Hugo Ball (1886-1927) in collaboration with a small group of artists and writers disillusioned with conventional...

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