Regular users will have noticed that the Library was closed for the week from 3-7 September.
We do this once a year to undertake the library tasks that are difficult to work on when we are open: making sure all the book and periodical sequences are in order, identifying damaged items and caring for them appropriately, hunting for missing items and tidying up our catalogue.
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of those who offered to volunteer, but could only accept four people (above). Our regular volunteers, Joshua, Ahilan and Charlotte helped too.
Closed Week also enabled us to give more prominent shelf space to two of our special collections: Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s published works, and our collection of dissertations and theses, now available to consult on the open shelves.
It was also good to find time to catalogue zines to add to our ever-growing collection. Again, the generosity of zine makers and collectors knows no bounds! So we are proud to have the majority of our zines now available to library users in time for our Art of Zines / Zine Swap! event on 6 October.
The Library team would like to thank our regular and Closed Week volunteers, those who offered to help us, and all our library users and visitors who make Stuart Hall Library such a great place to be.