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Gladstone’s Library as a flexible space

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 28th June 2019

We can be quite traditional here at Gladstone’s Library: the Reading Rooms are silent study areas; we don’t allow food near the books; and ‘No, we won’t let you take that rare and precious Gladstone Foundation Collection book home with you tonight, Sir - we are not a lending library!’ In other ways though, we like to think of ourselves as quite innovative.



    Accessing our online library catalogue – service update (w/c 24th June)

    by Amy Sumner | Monday, 24th June 2019

    Gladstone’s Library is currently undergoing an upgrade of its online catalogue, MainCAT, as well as the database of Gladstone’s books and annotations, GladCAT. Both catalogues may be unavailable at unscheduled times during the coming week while these upgrades take place. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. 


      300 years of Welsh history: 1719, 1819 & 1919

      by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 19th June 2019

      Wales is a small country with a big presence. Integral to the history of the British Isles and attracting tourists from all around the world, it should be hard to overlook the history of Cymru, however it is often wholly conflated with that of neighbouring England to its disservice. Gladstone’s Library is an international institution, but we are very proud of our Welsh location that was decided by our founder, the former Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, who was English but spent around 50 years with the Hawarden Estate as his family home.



        A day in the life of a Graduate Work Experience student

        by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 06th June 2019

        While it's totally cliché to say this, no two days are the same when it comes to being a Graduate Work Experience student (GWE) at Gladstone’s Library. However, the motions we go through are pretty similar, and always full of valuable experience!