Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Now that's a Library
Today, when I went to study at the Bodleian Library, I was handed a small piece of paper on which was printed the following, and asked to read it out loud in Latin.
Do fidem me nullum librum vel instrumentum aliamve quam rem ad bibliothecam pertinentem, vel ibi custodiae causa depositam, aut e bibliotheca sublaturum esse, aut foedaturum deformaturum aliove quo modo laesurum; item neque ignem nec flammam in bibliothecam inlaturum vel in ea accensurum, neque fumo nicotantio aliove quovis ibi usururm; item promitto me omnes leges ad bibliothecam Bodleianam attinentes semper observaturum esse.
I hereby pledge by faith not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to observe all the rules of the Bodleian Library.
Earlier in the day, I visted Frogmore and Windsor, but more about that after I've had a nap.
The Bodleian was founded in 1602, here's the web site for more info.
Posted by James J. Olson at 11:38 AM