I remember the old library.It was just the same.Same lifts,same department layout,its just been given a make over but is practically the same.
It appears to have been missed off entirely of the large pillar maps at the entrance to Westgate as despite 10 minutes perusal I could not locate it on there.
One addition I did notice was a very expensive looking Yamaha "Digital Piano"with headphones for public use.
Plus there are more computer terminals BUT these ,unless one is a member are restricted to 15 minutes use at a time on a rotational unbooked basis.
Strange because terminals in the satellite libraries are now 30 minutes and were
until recently 1 hour.
Seems they are trying to force more people to join in order to use to beef up the numbers and make the staff look needed as a library an book 2 hours uninterrupted.
Many of these terminals are extremely uncomfortable to use.No where to place coats bags belongings except on floor,neck craning and sticking ones rear end out required
to get within reading distance of the screen etc.
The mouse cable was so taut and short I could not pull it to a comfortable position.
The staff seem friendly enough in a dim sort of way.The white walls are covered in slogans like the Peoples Republic of Korea exhorting study and reading and the joys of
I could add one of my own by Mark Twain "A big thick encyclopedia is a very useful thing.For propping up a wonky table leg eeping a window propped open....."
The atmosphere in the place is reasonable enough .
My overall impression was this place is absolutely stuck in its opening era 1970s and is petrified of anything approaching real change.
Compared to the gigantic New York size architectural wonder of the Eminem library in Utrecht-a similar small town-this one in Oxford looks positively has been and cheapskate.
I did not see any dirt or junks loitering in there but there were large groups of tourists and students being given guided tours.
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