Hey, sorry if you've had a million questions about this (I couldn't find if you have answered them from your #goldsmiths tag). What is the library like at Goldsmiths?
Hi! Don’t be sorry, I’ve actually never been asked this. The library at Goldsmiths is not an old library and it doesn’t look like other British university libraries (Oxford’s Bodleian, Cambridge’s Wren, Durham’s Palace Green or Manchester’s John Ryland’s Library come to mind). It’s a modern library, with tall ceilings and big glass windows that cover the entirety of the front of the building. It is always open, night or day, which kind of makes it feel like New Cross is always alive and awake.
On the upper floors there are long rooms filled with desks and computers for quiet study, and through the doors at the back of the building there are rows and rows of books. As far as I remember there is also a crazy anthropology room that is completely filled with plants (?!) and a few silent rooms. The windows in the library look out on New Cross and you can see Canary Wharf and the Shard on a clear day.
On the lowest floor, there are sofas, armchairs and low tables for group studying, and a little café which sells fair-trade coffee and snacks. This area has more of a constant hum of quiet chatter and the smell of coffee and sometimes the rain hits the windows and it’s just lovely. Occasionally students use the foyer and the space just outside the main entrance to fundraise or protest.
The most important thing I think I should mention is that Goldsmiths is a member of the University of London, which means that students have access to a lot of other university libraries in the group: Senate House, Whitechapel, Maughan and so on. If all else fails, the British Library is also nearby. There are so many libraries here and they are all wonderful!
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