Archive for August 1st, 2011


1. A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.

2. A collection of books and periodicals held in such a building or room.

To that, one would not err to suggest that a library is a quiet place for work, research and thinking?

It was, therefore, surprising to read of the plans on the Inner Temple website this morning to partition part of the library to allow space to be ‘maximised’ for education and sundry other events from 5.00.  As the Librarian’s report pointed out… ‘the lifters and shifters’ will, of course, have to do their ‘lifting and shifting’ some time before events scheduled in the partitioned library spaces well before 5.00.

I bet that goes down well with barristers who rely on the excellent ambience, collections and services provided by the Inner Temple Library team.  If you are a regular user of the Inner Temple library – Jack Beatson, Master of the Library, Inner Temple is most keen to hear from you – and you may read the various reports on the proposal from this Inner Temple page.

Meanwhile, on a less serious note……. if you are a bit light on the way Rome was sacked by the vandals and visigoths…

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