Welcome back to the start of a new term, in a new year, 2013.
We have a display in the library at the moment reminding everyone about the freedom we have in this country to read a wide collection of books. The display includes many books found in our library, which for political, religious, racial or intolerance reasons have at some times in the past been banned across the world in a variety of countries.
This is a timely reminder because only this week we heard about the deliberate destruction of ancient and irreplaceable documents held in Timbuktu Library when Islamist militants set fire to it.
“The offending texts ranged from history to geography and astronomy, medicine and Islamic law; writings dating back in some cases as far as the 13th Century.”
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