Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

they don’t love you like I love you, maps

My lovely friend Alex works for the library service in Edinburgh, and is part of the digital team, who give the libraries an online presence and do excellent work to improve membership.

One very interesting project is the Edinburgh Reads map, where fiction books set in and around Edinburgh are superimposed over the places they are set. It really showcases the city as in inspirational place.

Maps of this sort are fascinating to me, not least because the map is very satisfying to use; all the book covers can be clicked through to a small review, with a further link to the library website where you can request the book to be reserved for you.

Edinburgh libraries is showcasing one of its fantastic services; any user can request any book in the system to be delivered at their local library FOR FREE. Believe me, this is an invaluable service when you like to read large art books.


4 comments on “they don’t love you like I love you, maps

  1. jorgefarah
    September 12, 2011

    Edinburgh is like, the future.

  2. Dougal
    September 12, 2011

    I am always amazed at Edinburghs lib service. Like you can get full access to the oed online with your library card number, as well as a bunch of other academic services. And they’re doing ebooks these days though not compatible with kindle sadly.

    • sarahhalford
      September 16, 2011

      They also allow you to save some older texts on your computer, so it’s like an eBook that you can keep, because they’re not copyrighted anymore.
      PLUS you can sign up to Library Elf, and they send you an email when your books are due, so you remember to take them back or renew them, which obviously you can do ONLINE.

      It would be amazing if there was a thing for your phone [not my phone, obviously, because mine’s just for actually making phone calls] where you could be in a bookshop, scan the barcode, and then it would search the library and you could request it at the touch of a button. Surely you can almost do that already, it would just take someone to put it all together? You could link it up to so you could check before you bought it if the library had it.

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