The Charles Seale-Hayne Library on Sunday: Plymouth Diaries

Part of my experience at Plymouth is vastly impacted by the library. I choose Plymouth also mainly because it has a library open twenty four hours. I’m mostly either reading or writing – when not up to other things. I primarily like visiting the library on Sunday as there are fewer people, and it gives me a thorough insight into my own reading.

For all prospective students, I need to tell you that the library is the best feature of the university, and this is an entirely subjective opinion. Few universities boast about a library that is open twenty four hours, all days of the year. To current students of the university, I urge you to go and visit the library if you haven’t yet. Everyone finds their own “corner” depending on their choice they make.


A page from the book


One of the things I like the most about the library on a Sunday is that no one ever disturbs you. It can be busy during the weekdays, for the most, but Sunday is a day you find it emptier. I went through perhaps the most exhilarating experience in the library today. I have a couple of weeks as gap before my next essay that is due, and just got a research proposal out of the way – it was time for some “me” time.

I first head to Loafers of the SU, just opposite the library, which is open on Sunday for a few hours and bought a hot chocolate – it was wonderful to have a warm drink when there was a nip in the air. I then head to the library and got to reading. I didn’t have a set assignment or a scheme of things that I needed to get to.

 Hemingway and a hot chocolate

Hemingway and a hot chocolate


Since I read almost everything, I just browsed through the literature area, from rows 809 onwards to see if I found something that might be of interest to me. I picked up a book about Sylvia Plath’s letters, some Ernest Hemingway (of course) and some books about writing and tone and how it sometimes gets distilled in the larger scheme of things.

 Sylvia Plath's letters

Sylvia Plath's letters


I was not bound by a set exercise I was supposed to do – and this was a good thing in itself. That’s one thing I’d recommend to all students at the university. Please remember to take time out for yourself and do something you like. It is healthy to spend time engaging with things you like to do. It makes you a better person, sharper, happier and intelligible.


Meanwhile, I held a writing workshop for students from the sciences a few weeks back – being the advisor and poetry editor for our university journal INK. I have been reading much, and with the consultation of one of my faculty members, I’d be attending a seminar for undergraduates on Hemingway tomorrow. That’s twice the fun on a day full of no classes.

Take some time out – engage with what you like. After all, that’s what life is: finding your own little happy space.