a trip to the library

Liverpool Central Library
Liverpool Central Library

Oh the joys of going to the library! I prepared my list of possibilities last night checked the online catalogue and headed out this afternoon on a mission to bring home some treasures. That's what I love about the library, you can go in there and bring out a collection of books completely free of charge, sure you have to bring them back but that's just so you can get more! Sadly I do have a small late fee due to a book that couldn't be renewed online while I was in Egypt - but there's never a demand to pay it!

At my library back home you could check out a maximum of 35 books! And I usually had this many piled on the floor of my room. I was working as a Circulation Attendant at the library so I couldn't help it! I was constantly in the stacks pulling holds for people and finding a few for myself. Or I would be checking in books and decided I wanted to read that book too. While taping new paperbacks or stamping new hardbacks I was lured by the fresh clean pages of each new book. I don't think I ever left a shift without bringing something home! It was great and I miss being surrounded by all those lovely books - and having the time to read them too! Now reading is a huge guilty pleasure especially when I realize I should probably have been reading those stacks of excavation reports or German articles piled up on the bookshelf. Hey I love Egyptology - obviously - don't think I'd be doing a PhD if I didn't - but there's just somethign about escaping between the pages of fiction - I love it!

I can only check out 12 books here! Boo! And although the library here in Liverpool is beautiful (pictured above) I find its collection rather small and lacking. I can't find a lot of books that I've been dying to get my hands on, sometimes they're at other branches but unlike home the library here charges a fee to have books brought from another branch. I really wanted to pick up The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks before everybody else in the world has read it but they only have 1 copy and it's checked out until the 26th. Bugger! I also wanted to check out The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (before seeing the movie) and a few books I saw reviewed over at A Work in Progress : The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians edited by Michael Cart (in honor of it being Library Lovers Month) but no, no and no.

I did get :
  • Thank You, Jeeves . P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Voyage Out . Virginia Woolf
  • Slaughterhouse 5 . Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter . Kim Edwards (finally - I think I might be the last person to read this one)
  • Cold Comfort Farm . Stella Gibbons
  • A Passage to India . E.M. Forster
  • We . Yevgeny Zamyatin

    So I've got a fair bit of reading to do. Hopefully I can snag that copy of The People of the Book next Tues!

    . listening . si l'on marchait jusqu'a demain . louise attaque . a plus tard crocodile .

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      1: egyptologist; currently living in the uk attempting to obtain a phd in egyptology, hoping in the end there will be a job.
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