The site also gives a virtual tour of the Library Tower.
The tower, a hideous but iconic building, was, until it became totally full, a previous repository of books not in huge demand day-to-day by readers. The tour gives many beautiful images which satisfy and soothe my need to see books, unusual books, and books being cared for properly.
Who would have thought of retaining this pamphlet, of the sort one's great-granny had lying around in her dusty cupboards!
|This little book from 1840, "Grammar Made Easy and Amusing", holds a secret compartment at the back, in which are found what we would now call "Visual Aids" to learning.|
|I remember fabric books like these. I am sure we had one exactly like "dog". We called them rag books.|
"Ephemeral literature of this kind is highly valued by researchers, and today the Library actively seeks such publications, particularly those with local connections, as well as illustrated children’s books."
That sentence is absolutely music to my ears. It calms my urgent need to feel that there is order amongst chaos. That there is rational behaviour, and planning for the future, and that public servants are still carrying out tasks that may not seem vital, but have a function for the maintenance of civilisation.
All pictures from University of Cambridge, digital resources free to public access