Hidden depths of Wanstead Library

Hardcore users of Wanstead library might be well aware of this, but it’s worth sharing anyway. Holders of Redbridge Library cards can, with the cunning use of their card number and PIN, get access to a quite amazing array of online reference books through the Redbridge website – including the full Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Reference Online. This is as well as being able to search the borough’s own library catalogue. Access is available at www.redbridge.gov.uk/libraries.

There’s also access to the Dictionary of National Biography, so there is now no reason not to know that Sir Charles Tilston Bright, responsible for laying the first cable across the Atlantic AND for proposing that units of electrical measurement (eg volt) should be derived from the names of scientists, was born in Wanstead.

Wansteadium hopes, as a result of this posting, for an immediate improvement in the general standard of bus stop small-talk.

Uh oh. Parking charges

On-street parking charges on their way to Wanstead? Library to be the thin end of the wedge. Wanstead Guardian story has details.

The library in Spratt Hall Road will be the first in the borough to introduce parking charges in a money raising scheme that will also see charges introduced for parking in streets around public parks in Redbridge.

*There is, however, a brief window of parking opportunity. Details here.