New online resources!

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The Library has recently added a couple of new online resources to our collection, which are accessible 24/7 from our website. Both are great for students for research and project information.
Simply login with your library barcode to use:

Facts on File – Ancient and Medieval History Online – provides thorough coverage of eight civilisations, including ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and medieval Europe. Features include biographies, events and topics, primary sources, timelines, maps and charts, videos and images plus much more.

Facts on File – Science Online – covers a broad range of topics from subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Space and Astronomy and more, and features resources such as experiments, biographies, timelines, videos, diagrams to name just a few.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Ever wondered what the world’s oldest book is?

I’m not talking about the Epic of Gilgamesh which arguably the oldest known piece of literature, but the oldest actual physical book.  I’ve recently discovered the oldest known book is on display in the Bulgarian National Museum of History in Sophia.

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Discovered during road construction near the Struma River, the text is in the lost Etruscan language on 6 pages of 24 carat gold sheet.  The book has been dated to approximately 500 BC.

The Etruscans were the original inhabitants of northern Italy prior to Roman assimilation and eradication. I’m not surprised the Romans sought to aquire their land and civilisation if they’re making books out of 24 carat gold.