The Importance of a Great School Library

Did you know there is no statutory requirement for schools in England to have a school library? The decision ultimately falls to the head teacher. Reassuringly, research does suggest that most schools have some library facilities in place for their pupils. However, the quality of those facilities is questionable and very likely to differ between…

Challenges Faced by University Libraries

With the start of a new university year quickly approaching, most freshers will be anxiously waiting to begin their new life at university and excited about the prospect of meeting new friends and delving into their studies. For staff and librarians, the prospect of not only supporting but impressing the new undergraduates may be slightly…

Ten Must-See Libraries Around the UK

Is there anything better than a good library? At D-Tech, we don’t think so. Luckily, the UK is brimming with unique places for book lovers to discover and enjoy. Here are ten of our favourites from around the country: The Bodleian Library, Oxford The Bodleian is undoubtedly one of the better-known libraries on this list,…

Library of the future

The Library of the Future

D-Tech international looks at developing library technology, and predictions of how libraries will stay abreast of changing patron needs in the near, and perhaps less near, future. At D-Tech, we are well aware of both the sustained demand for traditional library resources and facilities, and the necessity for the modern library to evolve with new…

Boosting Efficiency in School & College Libraries

Engaging with pupils, teaching them new skills and encouraging them to grow and succeed is at the top of the priority list for librarians and teachers in schools. Therefore, it must be very frustrating when everyday tasks like counting, labelling and checking out books take up valuable time, especially during busy exam periods when the…

A Library Miscellany: Must have book for all library and book enthusiasts!

Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer, editor and researcher specialising in historical miscellanies and natural history. She has written many non-fiction books including, The Book Lovers’ Miscellany (2017) and Bodleianalia (2016). Her latest edition, A Library Miscellany (2018) is packed with unusual facts and statistics, making it the perfect volume for library enthusiasts, bibliophiles and readers everywhere. What…

Vatican Library Technology

Looking at Libraries: Vatican Library

Acclaimed as the largest, oldest and grandest libraries in the world by most medievalists, there is evidence that shows the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana dates back as far as the fourth century, where the ‘Scrinium of the Roman Church’ offered both a library and an archive. For unknown reasons, this archive and library were dispersed in…

National Library of Egypt

Looking at Libraries: Library of Alexandria

For this edition of Looking at Libraries, we will be focusing on the national library of Egypt: The Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Founded in 2002, Library of Alexandria is a modern-day tribute to the historical Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Described as a “Symbol of great cultural and philosophical significance”, the original library was charged with the task of collating…