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The Library of Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

The tale of a fluffy tail.

Beatrix Potter and her pet mouse, Xarifa, in 1885. (Reproduced with the kind permission of The Lloyd E. Cotsen Collection of Beatrix Potter, Cotsen Children’s Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University) Deep in the wooden bowels … Continue reading

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When fact is stranger than fiction.

Spanning two centuries of non-fiction, Homerton’s latest rare books exhibition draws on the curious inaccuracies, biases and assumptions found in historical non-fiction for a child audience. From the Herschel Planet to the Camelopard, there are plenty of familiar faces, if … Continue reading

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Literature searching with aplomb

Becoming a pro at literature searching is a vital academic skill that will make your studying more effective, and ensure a more comprehensive foundation to your written work. There are useful strategies you can apply to your information searches and … Continue reading

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There is no one alive who is Youer than You! – Dr. Seuss

It’s nearly 1st March, and #UniMentalHealthDay, but of course, our mental wellbeing deserves more than just one day of care and attention. Luckily there are many things we can do to protect our mental health, and while we’re at it, look … Continue reading

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We want to pick your brains!

We’ve now made the move across to iDiscover, and hopefully you will be getting to grips with using this platform to manage your Homerton Library books, and search the catalogue. Understandably, people will have varying levels of experience with iDiscover. Some … Continue reading

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The Future’s Bright

Take it from us, we know that you’re really busy, and that life sometimes feels like a tricky balancing act, with lots of demands on your time. We know that adding an extra task to that long list you’ve been trying … Continue reading

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The eagle has landed!

It has taken many months of work and preparation, but we can finally announce to you all that we have made the switch to the new library management system! So what does this mean? Heritage will shortly become unavailable for … Continue reading

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Good things come to those who wait.

We promised you there would be a big switch-over in January as we migrate across to iDiscover, and wave goodbye to Heritage. It wasn’t a fib, honest! But like many good things, sometimes there is a bit of a wait … Continue reading

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The world is your snowball – see how it grows!

Christmas is a time of little traditions; moments that shape our celebrations. Many of these traditions we hold in common, like leaving a carrot and mince pie out for Father Christmas and the reindeer, to speed them on their way … Continue reading

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s finally here. The last day of term is upon us, and we can hardly believe it! The library is looking all festive, in a homemade, spangly way, and we want to thank those of you who have added to … Continue reading

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Heritage and iDiscover – The Big Switch

There have been rumblings for many months now, and a frenzy of behind-the-scenes testing, planning and contemplation. Now the time has finally come to make the switch to a new library system, and it will be arriving, shiny and fresh, … Continue reading

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Sssh! The Silent Books are here!

October is a special month here in the library, as we host the IBBY Silent Books collection, for you to peruse and pore over. The books in the collection may be wordless, but they certainly have lots to say! Originating from … Continue reading

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Finding your feet

A warm welcome to all of our new PGCE students who have arrived this week. We’re looking forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks, and have been pleased to see people popping in already to get their bearings … Continue reading

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Change is a coming…

We’re busy getting ready to welcome back our new and returning students over the next few weeks. Hopefully you’ve had a relaxing summer break and will be raring to go for the new term! There are some changes on the horizon here in the library. … Continue reading

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The Great Summer Book Shuffle

With most students away over the summer, we have been rolling up our sleeves and having a book reshuffle. Sometimes this task seems like a Tetris-like feat of shelf engineering, but it’s certainly worth it to give the books a little … Continue reading

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It’s oh so quiet…

Annually during Easter term, a couple of changes occur to make the Library a pleasant environment for everyone to revise and study. With more people than usual using the Library during the Easter vacation, we have introduced these changes slightly earlier than normal in … Continue reading

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Springtime at Homerton Library

Spring has certainly arrived with daffodils appearing next to the Library and the ducks wandering past on their way to the pond. There has definitely been a daffodil theme to our recent Springtime Library display! Despite the warm weather outdoors, the Vacation … Continue reading

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Want to borrow items over the Easter vacation? Of course you can!

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Homerton Library Survey 2017

Please take a few moments to participate in the Library survey, and get the opportunity to win a £20 Amazon voucher in the survey prize draw! The survey will give you the opportunity to tell us about your experience of … Continue reading

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Meet Sidgbox

A new book dropbox has recently appeared on the Sidgwick site as part of the FutureLib ‘Intraloans’ project and is managed by @eflcam and @MMLLib. Named Sidgbox, the new  drop-box allows you to return books from any of the libraries located … Continue reading

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