Nuffield College Library is celebrating National Libraries Day, an event where libraries across the UK are celebrated. This year we have contributions from our library users. We asked them what it is that they like about the library and to nominate their favourite book/an influential book. We’ll be posting throughout the week with our readers’ thoughts leading up to National Libraries Day itself on Saturday 7th February. First up is student Alexander Gard-Murray:
Nuffield’s library is one of the College’s best features. It has all the traits you would think to ask for in a great library: a wide selection, generous borrowing terms, an accommodating policy on acquisitions, and the longest possible opening hours. But it also has some fine traits you might not think to ask for, but which are very nice once you have them. One such trait is that due to its unorthodox layout, patrons can choose exactly how much contact they want to have with their fellow scholars. You can labour side-by-side on the first floor, have your own semi-private desk on the second in case you still want a little oversight, or you can have a whole floor to yourself in the tower. A floor for every mood.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Oxford alumna Susanna Clarke. Clarke has accomplished the rare, and possibly unique, feat of combining an engrossing story with an academic literature review (albeit of a masterfully fabricated discipline).
Golden Rule, by Thomas Ferguson (shelf mark JK 467.F). The book presents a needed counterweight to standard accounts of voter-driven policymaking.