A Place to Study!

Cuddesdon Library

Cuddesdon Library

‘But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2Timothy 3:14-17

I LOVE LIBRARIES!… Shh….. Sorry, I think I said that a bit loud! I’ve mentioned before about how much I love books – so a room (or rooms) that are stacked from floor to ceiling with them is equally as exciting. There’s that unique smell of printed paper and leather; the burnished gold lettering on some of the oldest books and the fact that the books on the top shelves, whose titles you can’t quite make out, could be reached by climbing up the librarian’s special step ladder!

A cosy study corner

A cosy study corner

Added to all that is the fact that I get to set up my own little workspace right there in the room itself – I have officially died and gone to bibliotheque heaven!

Knowing that I simply have to walk over and pick the book I need off of the shelf makes studying so much easier – it’s all there at my fingertips, although to be honest it wasn’t that easy the first time……I went in, clutching my list of suggested books and tried to find out where they might be.  I was quite familiar with the Dewey system that most libraries use, but then this system covers vast ranges of topics.

Here, it is more specialised – broken down into various religious and theological categories. Each of these categories is labelled A-Z and then further broken down into even more specific grouping before being alphabetised by author. No wonder I was confused. Added to that is the fact that Cuddesdon library is also not just in one room, or indeed several rooms, but is also on various levels – involving walking along corridors and climbing different flights of stairs!

Cuddesdon library skylight

Cuddesdon library skylight

But when you got this as one of the skylights it doesn’t seem such a problem!

Thank goodness for the librarian whose kindness and patience got me started and pointed in the right direction, because no doubt in the future this will become a haven into which I can tuck myself away as essay deadlines loom.

What I am very much aware of is just how lucky I am to be in this situation and I certainly don’t want to take it for granted. There are many millions of children and adults around the world who not only don’t have access to libraries, but who don’t even have the facilities or the option to an education.

As Malala Yousafzai pointed out in her speech to the United Nations, books and pens are the most powerful weapons we can equip people with, they are the basic tools of education that can begin to eradicate poverty and provide opportunities for better job prospects and life goals.

Perhaps I will do well to remember that, especially when I’m feeling a little stressed and anxious about how I’m doing, and instead look to the fact that part of what my training will be about doing whatever is in my power to seek relative fairness and social justice for those in need. Therefore, when I stop for a moment and glance out of the window it will be a good reminder not to be complacent, because there’s a whole other world out there beyond the tranquil fields, hungry for knowledge and education as well

Tranquil views from Cuddesdon library

Tranquil views from Cuddesdon library


2 thoughts on “A Place to Study!

  1. lindasgalvin Post author

    Dear Davina,
    Thank you for your kind comments. It is a daunting but exciting journey that I find myself on at the moment and it’s been good to share it with people Hope to keep in touch in the future Love and God bless Linda x

    Name: Davina Houghton

    Comment: I can relate to everything you said about books and libraries! I just love them, and can sense the peace and tranquillity that exudes from this wonderfully old building – and the books!… It’s like a communion with the past. Just a little envious!
    Am loving reading about your journey, Linda.
    Davina x

  2. lindasgalvin Post author

    Thank you for your lovely message Diane.

    I am so glad you enjoyed reading about the library. I also hope that you are able to realise you own ambition in the future

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Diane Corriette [mailto:donotreply@wordpress.com]
    Sent: 27 October 2013 16:17
    To: linda.s.galvin@ntlworld.com
    Subject: [boruachelohim] A Place to Study!

    Name: Diane Corriette
    Email: diane@penandi.com
    Website: http://penandi.com
    Comment: I love rooms with floor to ceiling bookshelves full of books too. Its my ambition to have a room of my own like that one day. In the meantime I just keep buying and collecting 🙂 Cuddesdon library has a wonderful view and looks like a beautiful place to enjoy peace and the space to write.


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