Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Visit to Linen Hall Library

The Linen Hall Library is a cultural storehouse with a wealth of cultural riches and I was delighted to get an invitation to visit the library today.  I am a regular user and fairly familiar with the library but the librarian John Killen and his team had picked out some of the gems of their collections to show me.  They also outlined their plans for the future development of the lbirary and I was very impressed by their vision for opening up the collections and making them more accessible to the public. 

The president of the libary, George Priestley, the director, Brian Adgey, the deputy director, Patricia Saunders, and the deputy librarian, Monica McErlane were also there.

The library has around 3,500 subscribing members, who can borrow books, but it also promotes an 'open door' policy to encourage public use for reference purposes and other cultural activities and in 2008 there were over 115,000 visitors to the library.

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