#17 – Unexpected Inclusivity

One day at my previous workplace, I led a relatively big group (about 15 people) into our historic reading rooms, and did the talk and tour as per usual.

Three women wandered off into the little room adjacent to the main rooms. They were elated when they found that all of the books in the room were about Islamic studies. There were mix of up to date books and historically relevant ones there. Most prominently displayed is the open-facing Quran on the wooden bench on a book holder underneath the bay window.

All three were excited and amazed and started talking in (excited but hushed) Arabic. It made me very happy to show the room to them, which held more importance in that moment than the other, usually more impressive, reading rooms.

Submitted by Deborah, Independent Library

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