Monday, 4 November 2019
Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Make Use of Libraries
Libraries are absolutely the best free resource for physical books about witchcraft or anything else. Whether you are just starting out and want to learn the very basics of witchcraft or are an experienced practitioner who needs information on a specific aspect of the craft, do have a look at your local library catalogue.
You can usually do a search online to see what they have. Even if they don't have the book you want on the shelves, librarians can usually get it in for you from another branch. Admittedly, there might be a small reservation fee if they do have to get it from elsewhere, but in my borough that is only 80p. You can also usually renew books free of charge if you need them for more than a few weeks.
If you live in or near London and want to study more academic or hard-to-find books, then I strongly recommend getting a reader's ticket for the British Library. That is completely free of charge. It is also free to use the library's reading rooms, and free to reserve in advance what you want to look at. You can't take the books away with you, however, so the best bet is to reserve things online beforehand, then spend a whole day there reading. You can take notes on a laptop or with a notebook and pencil, and you can even scan pages for free using the BL scanners, then email the pdfs to yourself.
Take a flask of tea or coffee and a packed lunch if you want to save money on food while you are there. Although food and drink - and coats - aren't allowed in the actual reading rooms, you can put your bag and coat in a locker to keep them safe, then take a break from study to have your lunch in one of the comfy rest areas inside, or outside in nice weather.
You can find out more about the British Library here: https://www.bl.uk/