The Oxford Union Society Library – a walled haven

 Written by By Elizabeth Piper For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ This is the original Debate Chamber of the Nineteenth Century, now the main library, called the Old Library. Right in the heart of a tourist-filled Oxford lies the walled haven that is the Oxford Union Society Library. Surrounded by trees…

The Storyhouse, Chester, England – Once upon a time there lived a library…

Written by Phil Segal For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ Once upon a time in a land far, far away… Chester, North West England, to be precise – there lived a library.  The history of The Storyhouse reads like something of a fairytale in itself; a formerly unremarkable repository that had seen…

Pusey House Library, Oxford, England – the heady mixture of incense and old books

Written by Anna James For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ Pusey House (pronounced Pew-zee) was opened in 1884 as a memorial to Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew, Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, and for forty years a figurehead of the Oxford Movement in the Church of England. When…

Manchester Central Library, UK – Think, relax, explore!

Written by Dr Biddy Casselden Currently on secondment as Head of Library Learning and Research Services (until November 2019), Northumbria University Library, Newcastle upon Tyne UK For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ Manchester Central Library sits proudly in St Peter’s Square, and really is a ‘People’s Palace’ to behold.  The creation…

Wolverhampton University Library – Bringing real art to the book shelves

Written by Rebecca Collins For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ I paid a different kind of visit to the University of Wolverhampton Library a little while back. My business was to paint walls and my road to those walls was not guided by the normal way to a library. Serendipity: ‘the…

Gladstone’s Library – a knowledge oasis born in the tin tabernacle

Written by Amy Sumner For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ NESTLED in a small village in North Wales is Britain’s finest residential library. Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to the great Victorian statesman and four times Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone. It…