The architecture of Senate House occasionally throws up small, awkwardly shaped spaces for which it is impossible to think of a good use. This large shelf, created through the ceiling of the staircase in the Middlesex South Reading Room beneath, is one such space.
Here can be viewed a variety of information formats which were once very important to the Library, but which have now either fallen or are falling into obsolescence, along with some of the apparatus necessary to read or listen to them.Close
Whether known as the University of London Library or Senate House Library, this collection has rarely lacked users keen to use its holdings, as today’s readers may feel all too strongly, particularly in the period before examinations. However, at various points in our history, attempts have been made to market the institution to wider audiences, and the small display case at this point demonstrates some of the merchandise which has been produced.
With the benefit of hindsight, it is probably fair to suggest that some of these attempts have been more appropriate than others; in particular, the connection between a Frisbee and the Library seems tenuous.Close