We’re curious if the rest of you bibliophiles will agree with us: choosing your favorite book is like choosing your favorite child - impossible! However, we are enchanted by the sweet and delicate gilt-stamping on this publishers’ binding from 1844. Is this the favorite? Well… ask us tomorrow ;)

(For the record, we love them all the same <3)

Browse the Library Company’s database of 19th-Century Cloth Bindings to see more!

[1844], The Ladies’ hand-book of embroidery on muslin, lacework, and tatting. New York : J. S. Redfield [1844] cm x 13 cm x .5 cm

My Undead Patron

A young girl came up to me and asked me for a list of all the vampire romance books in the library. I was in a hurry as there were several patrons behind her, so when I went to search our records for the word “vampire”, I was surprised when the system only came up with one hit. 

…until I realized that I was searching the patron records. This man’s name is not vampire or anything like it, he doesn’t borrow a lot of vampire books, there was NO REASON for his name to come up, but for some reason when I typed in vampire, the system brought up his name. 

So with that in mind, I think I need to go buy some holy water, a stake and some leather pants. Frankly, I knew what I was getting into when I became a librarian.

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It’s Jane Austen’s birthday today! In her honor, why not dig into a re-telling of one of her classic novels?

  1. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  2. Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron
  3. Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
  4. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
  5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  6. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  7. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
  8. The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Simonsen
  9. Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
  10. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  11. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
  12. Emma adapted by Nancy Butler
  13. Sense and Sensibility adapted by Nancy Butler
  14. Pride and Prejudice adapted by Nancy Butler
  15. Northanger Abbey adapted by Nancy Butler
  16. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
  17. Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
  18. Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
  19. Lost in Austen
  20. Bride and Prejudice
  21. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  22. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  23. Austenland by Shannon Hale

I asked librarians, booksellers, educators, and anyone else who has seen or built a book display for Pride month to share an image or two with me. The response was unbelievable. From huge, elaborate displays to acknowledgements in smaller, tighter spaces, seeing how people support the LGBTQ YA community leaves me a little brighter, fuller, and more whole. In a world where there is so much darkness and hurt, it’s powerful to see these tiny acts. It might not feel like a book display does a whole lot, but if the response to this newsletter alone is any indication, small display after small display after small display through hundreds and thousands of libraries and bookstores amounts to something much bigger.


Hello! We are the Bodleian Libraries.

We have been the main research Library for the University of Oxford since 1602, and have grown to be a family of 30 institutions which cover every topic under the sun. We are one of the oldest libraries in Europe, a library of legal deposit and the second biggest library in the UK (only beaten by the British Library in London, but we’re not bitter).

We are on Tumblr to share with you our beautiful buildings, our history and our world renowned collections. We also want to bring to you exciting new research, behind-the-scenes views and a taste of what working and studying in the Bodleian Libraries is like.

We are here to chat, to share and to learn with you, so please say hello!

(and yes, we will soon do a post about Harry Potter locations in the libraries)


Meet the oldest library in the world, Khizanat al Qarawiyyin in Fes, Morocco.

It was founded in the 9th century by a woman, Fatima al Fihria, and is being restored by another woman, Aziza Chaouni, a native of Fes, 12 centuries later. To step into it is to be in the presence of overwhelming history, the scent of old books permeating the air, the weight of so much ancient knowledge forcing you to stand in awe.

And it’s just plain gorgeous.