There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

SomeThings You Might Not Know About Oxford's Bodleian Library

"I took to the Bodleian Library as to a 
lover and would sit long hours in Bodley's 
arms to emerge blinking and dazed with 
the smell and feel of all those books."
~Laurie King, The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Locals, and Oxford faculty & students call it The Bod.

The iconic round building is called The Radcliffe Camera and is a 
reading room for those holding a Bod Card.  Tourists and 
the general public are not allowed inside the Camera.

When you receive a Bod card you must swear an oath.  
This includes of course swearing to not kindle a fire.  
Only students,faculty, visiting academics & readers,
or researchers are issued a Bodleian card.

There are underground bookstacks beneath the library and 
streets around the Bodleian, and a tunnel under Broad Street 
conveys books back and forth between the old and the new 
Bodleian.  If you stand over certain manhole covers in the 
Radcliffe Square, you can smell that lovely smell of 
old books wafting up to thestreet level. 
 More Oxford magic.

The Bodleian is a copyright library and must have a copy of every 
book  copywritten in Britain.  It now holds over eleven million items.

The hospital scene in Harry Potter was filmed in the 
Bodleian's Divinity School.  

It's one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the world's first 
copyright library.  The first Oxford University library was 
in the University Church, established in 1327.

The Bodleian Library Shop is located at the southeast corner of the Old Schools Quad.

The Bodleian Curator's Chair,
as seen in the shop.

It was Thomas Bodley's innovation to store books on their 
ends rather than on their sides.

There was no artificial light in the library until 1929.  During the 
winter months then, the library was only open 5 hours a day.

The library is not a lending library and all books must be read 
on the premises. Even Charles II and Oliver Cromwell were 
refused permission to borrow a book.

You can buy tickets to tour parts of the library in the Old Schools 
Quad or online.  Other than Stuart's walking tours,  the Bodleian's 
Standard Tour and Extended Tours are the best tours in Oxford.


  1. So do you or Stu possess a Bod Card? The place sounds fascinating! :)

    1. I wish but mere mortals like us don't get Bod cards. You have to be a student, faculty, or an academic.