ANUs new bookish haven

ANU will have a new bookshop next year, as in a physical space where your actual bound-up printed pages are for sale. DVC Marnie Hughes Warrington reports the imminent arrival of bookseller, Harry Hartog in the coming Kambri complex in the new essay in her chronicle of the university’s big-build.

A place for the bookish to congregate mightily pleases Professor Hughes Warrington, a self-confessed “person of the book” who welcomes the arrival of stocked-shelves after the February floods did such damage to the university’s Chifley collection.

“I can barely contain my joy. We’ve had a sad year for books—the lapping echo of our drowned library lingers—and the thought of a rush of new shelves and stock makes the slow rebuild all the more bearable,” she writes.

Quite right. A university without books to browse, buy and talk-about would, even in these digtal days, be a strange place indeed.


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