Views from My University Library

During the first part of the semester, I spent most of my time on campus in the library.  Then I learned that I had rights to a shared desk in the Ph.D. student office as a research fellow, so I took advantage of that.  To be honest, not much studying got done when I was at my desk because it was more fun to socialize and fraternize with my fellow students.  But when I did spend time in the library, I took a picture of the books I was sitting next to.  I wanted to share with you my views of the beautiful books at my university library this semester.

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These were the books that surrounded me during my very first study session on the very first day (just after I had been pulled over for the very first time and had gotten my very first traffic ticket).  It was a day of a lot of firsts!  I chose to sit in a distant, but cozy corner of the library on a couch with some dingy pillows.  This was a mistake, for the pipes or air ducts behind me were so loud that I could barely concentrate!

library books 2

Ah, Ibsen.  I could stand to read more of him.

library books 3

I probably won’t ever read any of these, but somebody might find them useful.

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This aerial view (above) is my favorite.  I was studying in a commons area on the ground floor (pictured just above this one).  Around the corner were many reference books, but I chose instead to look over the balcony into the basement to see this fantastic view.

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I sought out this section because of my Culture and Politics of Motherhood class.  I had read some excerpts from The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined Women by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels (2004).  I ended up checking it out so I could read the whole thing.  (I still haven’t done that.  I guess I will during the holiday break!)

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I don’t remember this section.  It was a LONG semester!

Have you read any of these books?  Do you want to read any of these books?

As you can see, I did not spend an enormous amount of time in the library.  My office became the place to hang out and I did most of my studying at home.  It is an hour and fifteen minute drive to my university from my home, so I only went up there two days a week for my classes.  Friday is the last day of finals week, and I have one more paper due.  I am looking forward to turning it in, letting it go, and catching up on some much-needed sleep and READING!

I just started Cold Comfort Farm (thanks to most of you for the encouragement to do so here).  When my husband saw me reading it, he said, “What are you doing?”

I replied, “Reading.  For pleasure.”

His response, “What’s that?”

No kidding!  What IS that?  I hope to find out in the next few weeks!


32 thoughts on “Views from My University Library

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  1. What a lovely post! I love libraries, especially university libraries. Quiet and peaceful, and so comforting to be surrounded by books. It’s a metaphorical return to the womb.

    I hope you enjoy “Cold Comfort Farm.” It was one of my mother’s favorite books. Really funny.

    1. I like that idea, that libraries are a metaphorical return to the womb. I sometimes wish I could just curl up with a book all day in my bed, another metaphorical return. It only happens when I’m really ill and then I don’t enjoy it as much! I’ll let you know what I think of Cold Comfort Farm. So far, hilarious!

  2. This post is beautiful! I love books and I think that you have captured the beauty in what is ordinary. The fact that you noticed these and the environment that surrounded you, gives testament to who you are.

  3. I spend an inordinate amount of time in the library. Like yourself I am a postgrad student. It is funny the things that catch your eye on the shelves 🙂 My University library currently has a Christmas tree made from books, it is the most insanely odd , yet beautiful thing to behold.

            1. I don’t think it’s you. It’s blogger or blogspot… which one do you use? Anyway, it happens every time I try to comment on a friend’s blog from my ipad if they aren’t on wordpress…

  4. I’m with you: I love libraries and book stores. I feel sorry for people who don’t feel the same way: they are missing out somehow! Thanks for the neat blog, Emily and good luck with your finals.

  5. Oh, how your photos took me back to my own college library — the research and the poetry readings and the stairs! I am now retired, and read mostly for pleasure, wandering aimlessly from one genre to another. It’s heaven!

  6. Ah, a comfy chair, hot drink (coffee, tea or apple cider depending on the mood), and an interesting book. If it is rainy or snowy outside, even better. May your reading for pleasure be every bit of that. Happy holidays. BTG

      1. Get them to check out their own books and find another chair. My wife and I have done many things wrong, but one thing we did right is give the gift of reading. My daughter and sons are voracious readers. I think my daughter has read all seven Harrp Potter books at least six times, some more.

  7. I love the library, and used to just walk around each section just to look at the books when I was younger. Your library looks much better than my Universities library. Good Luck 🙂

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