Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More Library Tourism: Nuffield College's Tower of Books

Yesterday, I was able to sneak away from my usual duties at the science libraries for a look into one of Oxford University's College libraries. Nuffield College Library was developed in the 1950s from a bequest from G.D.H. Cole and houses collections in the social sciences, including economics, politics, sociology, history and philosophy.
Librarian Michelle Mumford kindly gave me a tour of the library, followed by a most excellent tea and cake session in the cosy staff common room. The library space is quite interesting, as it is housed in a tower with lovely views over Oxford and the Nuffield College quadrangle. The library itself has numerous reading rooms filled with comfortable and functional 1950s furniture.
Nuffield College Library also has developed many web 2.0 media, such as LibraryThing, Twitter and Delicious links for researchers to follow.

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