No borrowed books

This evening, I was startled to realize that I have only been inside one library since I arrived in Ottawa in July. That was during the tour of Parliament I took with Emily, and thus didn’t involve touching a single book. This is certainly a dramatic change from Oxford: where I would frequently visit two or more libraries in a single day.

Partly, I suppose this is a reflection of my present wealth of unread books. Even devoting as much time to reading as I do, there doesn’t seem to be enough time available to make a great deal of progress through the list. In addition to that, I haven’t been doing much in the way of book-based research. Hopefully, that will change as time goes by.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

7 thoughts on “No borrowed books”

  1. The Ottawa library system seems to be pretty cool:

    Welcome to Ottawa Public Library
    Read the 2007 Strategic Work Plan (PDF)

    We are the largest bilingual English-French library system in North America, with 33 branches and two bookmobiles serving the City of Ottawa. Beyond books, magazines and online resources, you can use your OPL card to:

    * borrow museum passes
    * get discounts on theatre and concert performances
    * borrow pedometers and kilowatt meters
    * access Ottawa’s university libraries and the Virtual Reference Library
    * and join the National Capital FreeNet.

    You can read some Baudelaire, or Voltaire while you walk along with your pedometer?

  2. Yes, libraries are important. I started to miss the Vancouver libraries rather badly during the prolonged strike, & spent the whole of this morning luxuriating in bed with a library book. I sympathise with the general lack of time, though – perhaps you can catch up with reading over the holiday?

  3. The Ottawa library system seems to be pretty cool

    Definitely. I have been wanting to visit more museums, as well as test the standby rates of energy consumption of some of my electronics using a kilowatt meter.

    Doesn’t EC have a library?

    Yes, but it is in another building deeper into Quebec poorly served by public transit.

    [P]erhaps you can catch up with reading over the holiday?

    My ‘holiday’ period is likely to consist of frantic socializing during a relatively brief span of time in Vancouver. This is one way in which grad school and a job are very different – I am only getting four days of vacation in addition to statutory holidays. At Oxford, I got six weeks!

  4. “I am only getting four days of vacation in addition to statutory holidays. At Oxford, I got six weeks!”

    Ouch! But, at minimum, you have 2 plane trips in which there is relatively little to do. From a (perhaps wildly optimistic) perspective that could be seen as an oasis of reading-time :-).

  5. Sarah,

    I read more on a normal workday evening than I am likely to on a plane flight. I am blessed with the ability to sleep through almost any flight.

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