As you will have noticed from the topic of many of the other blog posts recently, many Leicester students are currently in the thick of revision/exams. Along with most other English students, I have had an essay deadline and our dissertation deadline so far, and we have an exam on Wednesday which I am currently preparing for. One thing that has struck me on multiple occasions during all this is how lucky Leicester students are to have such a brilliant library on hand. Last year I was studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, which is one of the top universities in the country. Despite this, the actual facilities weren’t very up-to-date, which in fairness is a lot because of the lack of funding. My time there was wonderful there and I would recommend it to anyone, but one thing which wasn’t quite up to par was the library there. It was poorly arranged, an absolute labyrinth, without much space to study in there. There were also subject specific libraries, but they didn’t get internet in them until the second semester, and only the plug sockets on the outside wall of the English department library actually worked! Much as I miss Heidelberg, the library is one thing I don’t miss, and it’s made me doubly appreciative of the library in Leicester.
The David Wilson library was renovated just before I started as a Fresher, and what has always struck me about the library is how light it is. Unless you decide to go and work in the basement, each floor is comprised of huge windows, so there is plenty of natural light along with the regular lights. The library is also very well stocked, and I’ve noticed since I’ve been on my year abroad that in that time the library have made a real effort to try and make all the crucial texts for our course online. There is a lot of seating space, with silent and non-silent zones available, and the toilets on each floor have a drinking water supply, which is endlessly useful. AND there is a café and a Waterstones IN the library! But the most useful aspect of the library, which I recently discovered, is that it stays open 24/7 through the exam period, so you can go and work whenever the mood strikes!
Whilst I’m not nocturnal and the idea of working through the early hours doesn’t appeal, it did get to 11.30pm a couple of days before my dissertation deadline when I realised that I really needed a specific book. I was able to go to the library at this time and, because the library system is electronic, even though there were no librarians I was able to take the book out and finish the section of my dissertation I was working on. The only fault I can find with the library is that it can get a bit like a sauna in there… but maybe that’s because I’m so used to the freezing cold of student living! Apart from that, I really can’t complain. So this is really just a blog post on appreciation for the library, well played Leicester!