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Library at the Horniman Museum
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orange


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Post: #1
20-03-2012 05:27 PM

That beautiful library in the Horniman Gardens/Museum. Is it open to the public?
Does anybody know how to get in there? Has anybody used it?

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wayfarer


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Post: #2
21-03-2012 08:47 AM

A phone call to the Horniman Museum, may provide you with all the information you require.

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rshdunlop


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Post: #3
21-03-2012 10:08 AM

Or, indeed, in the time it takes to post here, a google search for 'Library Horniman Museum' takes you right to the answer.

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ringingcod


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21-03-2012 11:56 AM

Slightly chippy responses there. And we should be very scared of Google if it knows whether any users of this forum have used the Horniman library or not. I didn't even know there was one so thanks for that, orange.

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wayfarer


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21-03-2012 12:14 PM

Not chippy, just practical suggestions that more efficient ways of securing accurate information are available.

Similarly, Orange comments on the beauty of the library. The atmosphere within a library can be appreciated irrespective of its practicality.

The resource library at the Imperial War Museum provides a fantastic archive for researchers and access to materials not available else where. However, I would not go there to experience the stillness and sense of history that the library at Trinity College Dublin offers for example.

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ringingcod


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21-03-2012 12:21 PM

Er, OK. So has anyone been there?

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orange


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21-03-2012 12:51 PM

that's the only thing I want to know if anybody has been there and if it is easy to borrow books or consult it during the week. I know there is a note outside saying that you have to make an appointment to have access. Why? Is this library supported by the public? As it is between the gardens and the museum, I suppose it has gardening books and ethnographic/ethnology ones as well. I said "beautiful" because I like books.

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roz


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21-03-2012 02:03 PM

It used to be open to the public but I think because of staffing issues they only open now by appointment. It is lovely and peaceful inside and the books are gorgeous.

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hillsideresident


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21-03-2012 02:40 PM

Some rather snotty answers here. I used the library several years ago for some specific book, although I've now forgotten what it was. I found it excellent, and the staff were extremely helpful. I can't remember what the opening times were, and they don't seem to be on the Horniman website. I would drop in next time you're at the Horniman and see what they say. My recollection is that it was all anthropology, so if that's of interest you'll love it.

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P1971


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21-03-2012 11:35 PM

Not sure about the library but the year 5's art club at Fairlawn get a chance to have a sleepover at the Horniman. My daughter loved It and my son can't wait for it next year (he has got his sleeping bag waiting and ready), if it is still happening. They watched night at the museum with treats and probably not much sleep but what a fantastic experience.

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P1971


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21-03-2012 11:48 PM

Sorry forgot to say I have never seen the room that the kids have the sleepover open during opening times. would this possibly be the library? Is it the first or second room on the right just past the shop?

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orange


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Post: #12
22-03-2012 05:15 PM

what a lovely experience for the kids to sleep in the library, I hope all those mummified animals did not scare them.
I will go one day to the Museum and ask more information on the library.

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