Working Class Movement Library

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Karl Marx, the Working Class Movement Library and me: a librarian tells all

Posted by wcmlibrary on January 31, 2012

Having found that the Morning Star is not averse to a litte alliterative tabloid style headling I’ve taken a leaf out of their book for the title of this post.

Actually its not quite as exciting as it sounds.  I’ve been de-duplicating our holdings of Marx and Engels in the light of the fact that we have a near complete set of the collected works  (We’re only missing vols 30, 48, 49 and 50).  I’ve therefore removed most of the duplicated material from the library stock.  But being a librarian with hoarder tendencies, I couldn’t remove of everything – so we have kept a variety of different editions of Karl Marx’s Capital, along with copies of Engels’ Condition of the Working Class in Britain and Socialism: Utopian and Scientific.

We have also added content listings for the various collected works volumes to the library catalogue – which does make some of the entries a bit unwieldy, but does mean that readers can find what they are looking for.

In all we have made room for another 4 or 5 shelves of books, which is lucky because we have just had a large-ish donation of books which will need space somewhere in the library.

Boring, but true – As a lowly library assistant at the University of Bath I and my colleagues all dressed up as books from the collection and I chose to pay homage to Engels’ Condition of the Working Class in Britain.  Photos do exist, but are seldom seen.


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