Living in the Library

I spend a decent amount of time at the Worcester College library. It’s a beautiful space. In order to get there, I need to walk up this long, spiral staircase and enter a small little door.

The upper floor of the library has books and computers, but you can’t print there, which surprised me and made me really appreciate Miller. There is a printing room on another part of campus, so I usually go there.

Most of the time, I go to the lower reading room, which is really quite picturesque. People are literally only allowed to read in this room. Since there is no wifi, this is a good place to go if you want to make sure that you will not get distracted while studying. Here are some pictures of the reading room and of my view looking outside of its big windows.

Besides the Worcester library, there are many other places to work here. At Colby, I always wrote papers in the library, but I generally didn’t read there. Here, I often have no choice but to read in a library, because you are not allowed to check out books that are part of the Bodleian’s closed stacks. As such, I’ve had to learn to find reading rooms that are close to busier streets in Oxford, so that I can leave the library to grab lunch or a coffee without having to walk a half hour to get back to the reading room after I do so.

Navigating the many different libraries here—and the campus in general, because of its large size—has been a bit of a challenge, but it has surely been a rewarding activity, given that I’m continually reading new things in new ways. I’ve come across tons of old books and, unexpectedly, I have discovered an equal number of quaint spots in which to read them.

More news of my adventures abroad to come soon!

Kristen

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