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Dhofar, Doha and a ‘Road Trip’ to Riyadh: Bertram Thomas’ sojourns in Arabia

06 February 2016

These recent days have seen the 85th anniversary of the arrival in February 1931 of the party including the legendary Omani, Shaikh Saleh bin Kalut al Rashidi al Kathiri, who guided Bertram Thomas across the Empty Quarter, to complete the...

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...

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