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Aug. 1st, 2007

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From:susannahf
Date:August 1st, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
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I've only just realised how lucky I've been in the past with public libraries. Where I grew up, there was a large library with a good range of books, even though it was a (predominantly) rural area, and Croydon library is fantastic.
Oxford, however, gets a big booby prize. There's a large building in the centre of town, which has a decent-looking kids section and a fair amount of reference, but less fiction than my old school library. I accept that non-university people don't have access to the university libraries, but I'd have thought there was a demand for more than an alcove of fiction. There's actually more floor and shelf space devoted to DVDs and computer games for rent that to fiction. And the one thing that the university lending libraries can be guaranteed not to have is fiction.
Sigh.
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 1st, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
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That's a shame, and it does surprise me. When I was in Durham, the university library only had classic works of literature, but the college had a small fiction library (a suitcase kept under someone's bed). However, the town library was pretty good, and I was able to get most of the Discworld novels there, as well as various Asimov stories. Imperial has ICSF: are there any equivalent societies in Oxford that could maintain their own library?
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From:susannahf
Date:August 1st, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
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Catz library had a small fiction section (like, a shelf), but Keble only has highbrow Edifying Litrichure as far as I can tell.
I guess they assume we can all afford to avail ourselves of the fine selection of retail outlets at our disposal. In fact, the Oxfam bookshop can probably give the central library a run for it's money - and certainly on the SF front.
It's possible that all the fiction stuff is out at the other libraries, which are closer where most non-university people live.
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From:gaspodog
Date:August 1st, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for Croydon library and its fantasticness!
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