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Library Love 2009: Scavenger Hunt

Justyna Zajac, Publicity

In honor of National Library Week 2009, OUP will be posting everyday to demonstrate our immense love of libraries. Libraries don’t just house thousands of fascinating books, they are also stunning works of architecture, havens of creativity for communities and venues for free and engaging programs. So please, make sure to check back in all this week and spread the library love.

To kick off Library Week, OUP is providing everyone with free access to Oxford Reference Online (ORO) and to encourage you to check out we have provided the scavenger hunt below. Use ORO to find the answers.  Let us know what you found out in the comments.  Just go here and log in with user: nationallibraryweek and password: oxford.  Let the games begin!  Be sure to visit again this afternoon when we post the answers.


1. Who was the founder of the Junto Club, predecessor to the Library Company of Philadelphia, created in 1731 and considered to be America’s first public library?

2. What 18th century English poet said, “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book?

3. The library of the Supreme Court of the United States was created by a congressional act in what year?

4. Who was named the first librarian of Congress in 1802?

5. In what city is the Newberry Library located?

6. The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America began at what academic institution?

7. Under which pope was the Vatican Library established in 1450?

8. The largest research library in Ireland is located at what university?

9. The manuscript division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C houses White House papers and documents of all Presidents from George Washington through which president?

10. Name two of the three individuals whose private collections formed the basis for the British Museum and Library, founded in 1753.

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8 Responses to “Library Love 2009: Scavenger Hunt”
  1. Teresa Rolfe Kravtin says:

    The login is not working . . . .

  2. Rebecca says:

    Teresa- sorry for any confusion, please try again in a few minutes everything should be fine.

  3. Mindy says:

    Happy Library Week, OUP! By the way, this seems like the perfect venue to say that, as a new DC resident, the Library of Congress is one of the most spectacular places I’ve been to in our Nation’s Capitol. I highly recommend it! Next time I go, I will definitely check out the Presidential manuscript division. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Reference Librarian says:

    Apparently you like the physical attributions of libraries, but not the people? Why no mention of the people?

  5. [...] Some Egg-Related Fun For Today… 13 04 2009 The Easter Bunny visited our house and left nothing, but stole all of my free time.  So in place of a post today, I offer you a diversion.  In honour of National Library Week (in the USA), Oxford University Press is offering free access to their massive online reference collection, the Oxford Reference Online (ORO) database.  And to kick it off, they’re hosting a scavenger hunt! [...]

  6. Rebecca says:

    Don’t worry “Reference Librarian” we love librarians too. Check back every day this week for more library love!

  7. Teresa Rolfe Kravtin says:

    1. Benjamin Franklin
    2. Samuel Johnson
    3. 1832
    4. John Beckley
    5. Chicago
    6. Radcliffe/Harvard (found on Google not OUP Reference!)
    7. Nicholas V
    8. University of Dublin
    9. Warren Harding
    10.Cotton, Harley, Sloane

  8. [...] promised, here are the answers to our Library Love 2009: Scavenger Hunt so you can see how your library trivia stacks up, no pun [...]

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