The Middle Temple Inn is on of the four Inns of Court in London. All four of the corresponding libraries have a speciality. The library that we visited specializes in American and International Law. This collection is one of the largest collections outside of the United States. The library building was built in 1641 and is stunning. The books actually do not have any labels on the spines because the Inn wants it to maintain the look of a gentleman's club. It was interesting at this visit to not only view the collection but take a tour of the Inn and develop a better understanding of British Law.
Once we arrived at the Middle Temple Inn we met up with Renae Satterley,the librarian at the Middle Temple Inn Library. The library was gorgeous and had quite the old timey feel to it. There were quite a few students studying in the library so I cannot provide you with many pictures. Something that is interesting to note, is that students cannot actually check out books from this library. While this might seem frustrating, the library is open earlier then when court opens and stays open later then when court is in session. Thus the librarian feels as if her patrons are able to easily access the materials. Many of the databases are also only available in the library. After a quick tour of the library we were able to visit the Hall. It was stunning. The Hall and various parts of the Inn have actually appeared in a few films. To name a few: Bridget Jone's Diary II, The DaVinchi Code, and Shakespeare in Love.
The librarian we visited with was extremely informative and knowledgeable She was not only well versed in the history of the library and the Inn but also in British Law procedures.
Before I went back to library school, and for my first semester of library school, I worked at the Law School here in Columbia and helped proctor the examination software used at the South Carolina bar. Due to this I had a pretty decent understanding of the bar exam here in South Carolina which is obviously essential to becoming a lawyer in the state of South Carolina. It was interesting to learn how different the process is to become a lawyer in the United Kingdom. There are numerous steps to become a barrister. If you are interested in learning more about the process you can view it here.
While we were all in class today Chris ventured around London on his own! In the morning Chris went to the Natural History Museum of London and in the afternoon he went back to the British Museum. He really enjoyed both of the exhibits and did a great job navigating through London by himself! I was so impressed because London can be such an intimidating city when you first get here and he totally embraced the London lifestyle!
In between class today Chris, Jessica, and I had lunch and then took a leisurely walk from Saint Paul's back to our dorms. Along the way we stopped back at the book sale and were able to find two more first edition Harry Potter books! I only need the first three books now!
I finished off the evening by having dinner with the girls and Chris and then relaxing in the park as dusk fell all around us. I am going to miss evenings spent on the SouthBank