The reason I started this blog was to advertise the wonderful resource that is the BNS / RNS library as there are changes afoot. I have just been advised of the (?final) details of those changes. They are:
- As of NOW (with no warning to the membership), we are no longer able to borrow books.
- The library has to close for a time whilst the Warburg is undergoing refurbishment. On re-opening the RNS / BNS library will be housed within the Warburg collection on open access. The books will be kept together but the journals will be dispersed around the Warburg. Unfortunately, the Warburg’s cataloguing system is bizarre and unique so expect to spend several hours (if not days) trying to find where they are.
Although I am pleased that one of my concerns has been met (splitting the library up completely), the fact that members can no longer borrow books is a major concern and a major hindrance to research. Inter-library loan is a red herring waved around by those who have access to other major numismatic libraries (it is slow, expensive and the books will come covered in “do not photocopy” labels).
Surely, a major change like this should be subject to a vote by the membership of both societies? The fact that it has been pushed through with no consultation I find very disturbing.
I’d be interested in other people’s views. If you feel strongly on this matter, please write to the Councils of your respective Society.