February 7 will mark the fourth National Libraries Day in the United Kingdom. An initiative to raise awareness of the importance of libraries and to encourage people of every age and background to make use of them. Throughout the week, libraries across the country will hold events as diverse as an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of books swapped in eight hours, and a 12-mile trail walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire. Shelfies* and other materials from the event are being shared at #NLD15.
Libraries are – as an IFLA conference slogan put it a couple of years ago – both inspiring and surprising, so one could also have expected the endorsement of Libraries Day by no less than John Lydon, the lead singer of ’70s punk band Sex Pistols.
Not having a comparable celebrity at hand, we at the Council library thought of paying tribute to our librarian colleagues across the Channel by gathering a couple of convenient lists:
- other days celebrating libraries and reading around Europe (courtesy NAPLE project), most of them held between October and May; also see our blog post in April 2014 on the World Book and Copyright day;
- for europhile book-lovers, here are all European Documentation Centres in the UK, from Aberystwyth to, well, Gibraltar (courtesy EU Commission); note that the Cardiff EDC hosts the valuable European Sources Online;
- Courses in EU studies and related subjects at UK universities (courtesy UACES).
* definition of a #shelfie: an image like the one featured in this post, with or without librarians in it…