British Library Consider Additional Location in Leeds

By March 26, 2019 Libraries, News

The British Library is considering opening a second facility in Leeds, alongside existing plans to expand its reading rooms in the area. The library has discussed potential locations for a new building with the local authority according to information obtained by the Guardian in a freedom of information request.

With Leeds working towards its £35 million celebration of Leeds in 2023 in the wake of the city’s collapsed bid to be 2023 European Capital of Culture, the plans could not have come at a better time. The proposal includes a six year programme, currently underway, that will culminate in a year long celebration of culture in 2023.

The plans are part of the British Library North programme with plans to expand its archival storage facilities and upgrade staff spaces as part of the Leeds “2023” programme to boost the city’s cultural investment.

A spokesman for the British Library said that right now any proposals for a new facility in the city were only in an ‘exploratory’ stage and added that the primary focus of the British Library North programme was to invest in the estate of the existing site at Boston Spa, near Wetherby.

Leeds council said that it hoped the move could set the city as a cultural base for the north. The city has ambitious plans for making the most of its cultural strengths as it works towards 2023 and are delighted to have such a strong relationship with the British Library.

Librarian shares 28 things she has noticed about her job

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A librarian from Scotland took to Twitter to share her insight into what it is like being a librarian in the UK.

Secret Library Gorgon, whose real name is Mel, told Bored Panda that being a librarian was never her intention but sometimes great things happen without you planning them.

“I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years but I became quite unwell about five years ago and had to leave my product design engineering role and course. I was gutted but I knew that recovery would take a while. I’ve always been a bookworm so I started looking for jobs in libraries and other environments to do part-time while I recovered. I love it so much that I hope I can keep working in libraries permanently.”

After chatting with a colleague about some of the quirks of their job, Mel started posting them on Twitter: “I figured a few of my fellow library assistants would relate. If I’d known how big it would become, I’d have proofread them first!”

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BBC Announces Virtual Reality Tours Across UK Libraries

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The BBC has announced that it will be launching virtual reality (VR) experiences free of charge in libraries across the UK for those who want to try out VR technology. These experiences will come in the form of short demos which will allow users to experience the technology with a number of demonstrations, from a documentary set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to a reconstruction of being onboard a Lancaster bomber during an air raid on Berlin during the Second World War.

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Sudanese Librarian Provides Books for Protesters

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In Khartoum, Sudan thousands of protestors are currently collected outside Sudan’s army headquarters in Khartoum calling for Omar al-Bashir to step down as president. Librarian Abdirahman Moalim went along to join in the sit-in but pretty soon he saw he could do more.

“I saw most of the protesters were young. At the sit-in, they only had their phones and were reading from it. I then thought what if I bring them books so that they can read and protest at the same time,” Moalim, popularly known as Kabila, told Al Jazeera news.

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John Oliver’s Marlon Bundo Named One of 2018’s Most Controversial Books

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In 2018, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President was released. It was a children’s book written by the Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by her mother, Second Lady Karen Pence. The story follows the Pence’s real life bunny Marlon Bundo as he spends the day following the Vice President on his duties. In response to Mike Pence’s LGBT attitude, the writers behind the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver decided to put out their own children’s book about the First Bunny, one that was inclusive to all sexual orientations.

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500-Year-Old Book Catalogue Sheds Light on Thousands of Lost Books

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The Libro de los Epítomes manuscript is over 2,000 pages,  more than a foot thick, and contains summaries of the books kept in the the library of Hernando Colón, who was the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus. Colón spent his life working to create the largest library in the world  during the early part of the 16th century. The library once hosted over 15,000 books, and was constructed during Colón’s travels. Only a quarter of the collection survives to this day and the books are now stored in Seville Cathedral. However, thanks to the discover of this manuscript, we have a fresh look at the literature of the 16th century.

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English Pubs to be Given Funding to Run Post Offices and Libraries

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They say that the pub is the hub of the community in the UK, especially in rural places and now the UK government has announced that seventy-six pubs across England will become ‘Pub is the Hub’ pubs, offering local services such as Post Office and Libraries.

The government will share £188,000 of funding through the Pub is the Hub project to help rural pubs diversify their offerings and help bring communities together by expanding their services beyond food and drink. Rural pubs are particularly threatened with fourteen pubs closing every week, and with austerity always at the forefront, libraries and community services are also under threat.
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