Back to school

I have been in my new job for 6 weeks now, and in one more week I will have 6 weeks of summer holiday. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to reflect on the experience then. Meanwhile, I’ve signed up to an online social media course for librarians based on the 23things course that […]

An End and A Beginning

I am sitting at home on my day off, a veritable pharmacy of cold and flu remedies sitting beside me. Outside, the rain it raineth mighty and long. It seems like a good time to reflect on the big change through which I am about to go. I have two weeks of work remaining as […]


One thing I love about working in a public library is the variety of enquiries you deal with. Family and local history, academic, medical, historical, literature, sporting, geographical, technical, legal, scientific, crossword clues... you never know what's coming next. My favourite enquiries are the ones where I have to do a bit of digging - […]

Putting Education Into Practice

Happy New Year! It’s 2015! Time to resurrect this blog! It’s a bit embarrassing to note that the last entry here was from 2012. I hadn’t finished my library course, I hadn’t started working in the public library service. I’m not going to talk too much about the specifics of the course at this stage […]


Hello. It's been a long time between posts. Since I last wrote, a lot has happened in my book lending life. I finished my volunteer positions at the NPG and Ramblers' libraries and moved out of London to a small East Sussex town. I'm almost a term into my MA at Brighton, and am thoroughly […]


This month I started another new volunteer position, this time at the charity The Ramblers. They have no full-time librarian and a very small library, which is a bit of a mess and is about to be reorganised. There is no up-to-date catalogue (the spreadsheet - no databases here! - hasn't been edited for about 5 […]


I should really try to get into the habit of updating here more often. Since the last update, I have officially been accepted onto the MA Information Studies course at Brighton University and have started volunteering at the National Portrait Gallery's Heinz Archive and Library. I started working at the NPG in March as a […]

Prologue: National Libraries Day

Hello, good day and welcome to The Book Lender. Perhaps more honestly, this blog should be called "The Aspirant Book Lender", or "The Book Lender To-Be". For I am not a librarian, but I would very much like to be. I cannot think of another job that more perfectly matches my personality, skills and interests. I'm just surprised […]

National Libraries Day, 4th February 2012

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National Libraries Day. 04.02.12