17th July 2017
This is first of three posts about an act of vandalism. (The second post will be posted shortly.)
The act of vandalism has not happened yet, though it is expected to happen. Nothing, it seems, can stop it.
The target of the vandalism is a law library: the library of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court.
You may not care about law libraries. But whatever your view, please take a moment to read about this act of impending vandalism. It has, as I set out below, wider significance.
A library is not just an accumulation of books and book-like things. Books and bookshelves are crucial, of course. But a library is more than a depository.
The library of the Inner Temple happens to be a purpose-built law library.
This means that regard was made not only to bookshelves and tables.
The lighting, the acoustics, the use of space are all perfect.
Just as a great theatre is not just a stage in a room, a great library is not just some books in a bookcase.
The library of the Inner Temple is as good a law library as it is possible for a law library to be.
Here are some pictures.
It is an extraordinary and wonderful place for any lawyer, from a student to a QC, to work.
There is no better place in England to research a legal point.
In my next post I will set out what is going to happen to it, and why it is wrong.
I have an interest in this: I practice as a lawyer in Inner Temple (I work as a lawyer as well as a writer) though this post represents only my own personal view and not that of the firm where I am a consultant.
Parts of this post were previously at my post here on law libraries.