Day 13: Maughan Library at King’s College

REFLECTIVE BLOG

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The LIS class visited the Maughan Library at King’s College as well as the Foyle Special Collections Library there later in the afternoon.

Maughan Library (via K. Emmons)
Maughan Library (via K. Emmons)

The librarians were kind enough to bring out several of their treasures for our viewing pleasure!

Foyle Special Collections (via K. Emmons)
Foyle Special Collections (via K. Emmons)

Get ready for a stream of old book images!!

Herbal and Animal encyclopedia of sorts (via K. Emmons)
Herbal and Animal encyclopedia of sorts (via K. Emmons)

Here is a book published in 1491 detailing plants and animals found in the known world… it’s the last published before the discovery of the Americas.

History of Bethlem
History of Bethlem “Bedlam” Hospital (via K. Emmons)

Above is a short history of Bethlem Hospital… better known as Bedlam.

Benjamin Franklin signed copy (via K. Emmons)
Benjamin Franklin signed copy (via K. Emmons)

You’ll see Benjamin Franklin’s signature on The Charters of the Province of Pensilvania…

Common Sense by Thomas Paine (via K. Emmons)
Common Sense by Thomas Paine (via K. Emmons)

Here is a bound copy of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense…

Image of smallpox vaccination (via K. Emmons)
Image of smallpox inoculation (via K. Emmons)

Above is an impression made of smallpox inoculation…

Allen Ginsberg signed copy (via K. Emmons)
Allen Ginsberg signed copy (via K. Emmons)

Allen Ginsberg was a lecture at King’s College and this a signed copy of his poetry…

Nazi propaganda (via K. Emmons)
Nazi propaganda (via K. Emmons)

And lastly, this is Nazi propaganda. The Nazis had a Jewish artist create scenes of an idyllic concentration camp to show the Red Cross how “well” everyone was being treated. I found this image of a butchery most haunting…

The Maughan Library, outside of the Foyle Special Collections, was what you would expect from a modern university library… albeit housed in a very neo-Gothic building. It’s looks like a castle, sort of. There is a separate study room for quiet readers (it’s also dodecagonal, which I found atypical but very cool). The whole of the library is fitted for RFID, which makes the whole system fairly self-reliant. Students don’t have to talk to a living soul in order to check out or check in books. They even had an automatic book sorter behind the main counter! We library students loved it, of course.

King’s College has some great material and I hope to be in contact with them soon about my research paper! It’s an academic library that was around during World War II, though the building was the Public Records Office at the time. They had to have been affected by the war, especially since they were located in downtown London. Bombings definitely took place in this area. How were they affected? Did they lose any materials? Were materials sent elsewhere? Did the library remain open during the War? How did being a university library affect them financially during the war? Did alumni help rebuild the collections if necessary?

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