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From the time of Shetland’s first known coronavirus cases on 9 March, something strange happened to time. We’d get to Wednesday and Monday would have seemed like weeks ago. Every service change we tried was overtaken by events. I decided to close the Library on Tuesday 17 March, whereas on the Monday I’d woken with […]

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Hi, Amy here. I work part-time in Reference Services (as well as at Edinburgh University and The National Galleries of Scotland). I’m at my parents’ house in Glasgow. My sister, Eve, who normally lives in London, is also here. We don’t treat the place like a hotel, but we aren’t perfect (see image below). I […]

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The Library of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been in existence since the late 17th-century. Our staff of three look after the clinical information needs of around 27,000 members in over 100 countries. In addition, our archive serves as the College’s “memory”, conserving manuscripts from throughout our 515-year history and answering enquiries […]

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Dear National Library, It’s Lois here. In case you’ve forgotten me, I work in the General Reading Room and can occasionally be found in the Special Collections Reading Room too. Right now, I’m staying with family in the north east of England, and doing various pieces of Library work from home, including answering online enquiries […]

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Week seven of university online and cabin fever is on the up. I’m a full time Information and Library Science student at the University of Strathclyde. Strathclyde shut down and moved all teaching online one week before the official government lockdown started. Now, at the end of the semester with no more classes but many […]

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Hi all, My name is Niamh, I’m the archivist managing Donegal County Archives, the local authority archive service of Donegal County Council. For those of you who don’t know, Donegal is a large, mainly rural, county in the far north of Ireland. It is in the Republic of Ireland, though we share a border with […]

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Dracula in Dr Seward’s Library The Library is always there in a crisis. At life’s critical junctures, when there’s no choice but to adapt to change, the Library is a constant support. Here we are again, only this time, the feeling is that the ‘crisis’ has yet to take recognisable shape. More than that, it’s […]

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Letter from the Medical Library I work as a Helpdesk Supervisor for the Medical Libraries of the University of Edinburgh. This means that I normally divide my time between the Royal Infirmary and the Western General Hospital, where the libraries are located. We provide a necessary service for medical students, researchers and medical staff. For […]

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A Whole New World Like most Edinburgh residents I, at times, get frustrated at how busy the city centre gets, but I’m really starting to miss those crowds. The first indication that my working life would soon be drastically different came on Saturday 14 March. Having dashed to the supermarket before starting a Saturday shift […]

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Heading for the Hills I am a manuscripts curator in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Collection in the Library of Trinity College, the University of Dublin. Trinity responded very swiftly to the Covid19 crisis by closing down on 13 March. The ‘act first ask questions later’ approach, vital under the circumstances, left some difficult tidying […]

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