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Visiting Edinburgh University’s Main Library is no simple task

Libraries, since their first appearance in Aristophanes, have been stringently held as bastions of knowledge. The image of the library is typically one of austere scholarship, a place for serious…

The Importance of Public Libraries: Environmentalism and Community

Scottish author Ali Smith describes her collection of short stories, Public Library and Other Stories, as a book that “celebrates the ways our lives have been at least enhanced and…

Weekend Study Spaces: Less Than 10% of University Students Accommodated For

Many students here at the university, including myself, find themselves playing catch-up to all their uni-work at the weekend. It’s the perfect opportunity to do those readings, write those essays…

Dark Academia is simply not achievable at the University of Edinburgh

Dark Academia is an aesthetic I am sure many are aware of: leather satchels, blazers, the pursuit of knowledge even if it half kills you (looking at you, Donna Tartt…

Should children need parental permission to borrow books from the school library?

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of school libraries. For many children, the school library is the first place where they can begin to truly explore literature – the joy…

All hot water dispensers, a lift and almost a dozen toilets – almost everything is broken in the Main Library

It’s no secret that almost everything is broken in the Main Library. For months, black and yellow caution tape has appeared in increasing quantities across the building, closing off toilets,…

Getting Over a Mid-Term Slump

It is getting towards that mid-to-end part of the university semester and this is often accompanied by a lack of motivation and passion for your courses and a bucket-load of…

The Short Rant: The library is too hot

The winter is closing in upon us, yet it is not the dark nights or the abrasive weather that I fear. Over the years one builds up an arsenal to…