Friday, 25 June 2010

The Dalek: Visiting the Rare Books Collection

The fun continued yesterday when our new library employee saw the Rare Books display near the Music and Multimedia section of the library. Noticing his excitement, Simon, Emmaleigh and I decided to take him upstairs to the Rare Books exhibition room. The current exhibition is on Children's Books and displays a range of rare materials from the library's Lindsay Shaw Collection.

We then showed our friend the large science fiction collection in Rare Books, including many shelves of Doctor Who magazines, fanzines, books, novels, and even playing cards.

He selected some material that interested him and took them to the Rare Books Exhibition Room. Among these was The Dalek Book, which he found particularly enlightening.

The Rare Books website has a virtual tour of our science fiction collection, as well as other previous exhibitions. They're definitely worth checking out!

We've had people come into the office and say, "Oh! It's a TARDIS!" Visitors have also attribute the Dalek to Star Wars or Star Trek. So for those who don't know what a Dalek is, please watch the following instructional video: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Daleks," which was linked to on io9 yesterday.


  1. Does the Dalek enjoy children's literature? I'm a little concerned he was aiming to exterminate it.

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