Day 19: Camberwell Library – Libraries are everything #30days30libraries

There’s a queue outside Camberwell library as midday strikes. Being a Sunday, there are shorter opening hours today and now a crowd has converged around its glass doors. Once in, we all quickly disperse to different areas. A Rastafarian heads straight for a computer, a brother and sister start scanning the stubby-sized bookshelves, a young woman darts…

Day 18: Idea Store Bow – A learning centre #30days30libraries

A few steps from the Roman Road market, you’ll find the Idea Store Bow. As soon as you enter, you find a cafe and signs for different zones, including the so-called ‘learning labs’ which are an integral part of these spaces.   “What makes an idea store, an idea store,” one of the librarians told me, “is…

Day 17: Oadby Library – Free to join #30days30libraries

Oadby Library is stationed on a busy high street, opposite a NatWest, next to a wedding hire company. Before I even get in there, I’m once again struck by just how many services libraries offer. It’s not just about books, although they will always form a library’s backbone. I stop. I listen. I look. A woman sits…

Day 11: Richmond Library – I like that it’s isolated #30days30libraries

Having raced across London, ducking past festival-going crowds, Saturday shoppers and lots of people laid down with plastic bags of picnics, my journey to Richmond Library had been a little fraught. I rushed through the open doors of the library, feeling waves of relief that I’d made it there before it’d closed. I was in. I…