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October 6, 2010

Oberlin has four main libraries. Everyone reacts to them differently (talk to your doctor before trying Libraries) but generally here's how I view them:

Art Library: Comic books! Photography books! Colorful happy things! I never go there.

Science Library: Where I go when I am utterly screwed, need to work rapidly and efficiently in a place that looks like the Fortress of Solitude, and desire the silent company of classmates who are also utterly screwed but trying to go to med school.

Mudd Library: Oberlin's main library. I sit on the first floor, spend an hour doing 10 pages of inconsequential reading, and socialize with whoever walks by. For me it's less a place to do work than it is a place to be seen working.

Conservatory Library: My main man. The perfect balance: quiet enough, and with enough nooks and crannies, that I can do work. But with enough foot traffic that I'll see people, and stave off the despair of being a 5th-year graduating early applying to grad school putting together a senior recital trying to find a job and....oh god. Plus, there are plenty of distractions. About every imaginable cd, periodical, score, and a lot of interesting/weird/old books about music. (Some of the mid-20th century books about jazz are hilarious. Why was everything "hot" back then?)

The other day I took a break from working to snap a few photos.

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My stuff

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Books!

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Window to S. Professor Street on another sunny, warm Oberlin day...

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Part of the jazz section ("Hot Jazz and Jazz Dance" is a must-read...)

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Periodicals

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John, do you have a subscription? Is this, uhm, how all recorder players view themselves? No judgments or anything.

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Computers

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Scores of scores. (First floor)

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Scores upon scores! (Second floor)

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Oversize scores.

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Seriously, oversize. My size 12 foot included for reference.

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Yeah. Scores.

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Colorful! And also scores.

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Listening stations

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CDs, tapes, records, et cetera...

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Responses to this Entry

I love the plentiful use of the word "score" in this post. SCORE.

I've also never been to the second floor of the con library. I didn't even KNOW there was a second floor to the con library... how do you even get up there? Are there more awesome nooks and crannies there?

Posted by: Ma'ayan on October 6, 2010 2:15 PM

You get up there by taking the stairs, silly! (And also by slaying the level 9 warlock that guards the entrance.)

Nooks and crannies galore. (plus tables, and crystalline silence.)

Posted by: Will on October 6, 2010 2:40 PM

Never even been in the con library. Hmm. Must investigate.

Good post!

Posted by: Tess on October 6, 2010 7:40 PM

Great post. I shared a link to it on my blog about college in the U.S. When I was in college I used to like studying in the student union, right in the middle of everything. I could always concentrate better in noisy places than somewhere totally silent!

Posted by: Jessica on October 7, 2010 1:28 PM

The library at my old high school was similar to this. There was a main level which everyone used, however if you went to the back through another door there was an extension which was always really quiet - it was great for getting away from all the noise.

Posted by: Craig on April 30, 2011 10:50 AM

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