31st May 2006



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The University of Lincoln’s Great Central Warehouse Library is now 4,500 books and journals better off following the launch of a Book Fund Appeal.


In response to the appeal for books last year the university has received 2,200 new and second-hand books and 2,300 journals.


Among the donors was Ottakar’s bookshop in Lincoln. The bookstore sponsored the university’s symposium on Dan Brown’s novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, with a substantial gift of 200 books.


Scenes from ‘The Da Vinci Code’ were filmed at Lincoln Cathedral and at other locations in Lincolnshire causing some controversy and debate in the community due to the issues raised in the book including Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene and Christianity’s attitude towards women.


The University of Lincoln brought together prominent speakers to discuss the book and its religious implications.


Ottakar’s sponsorship will enhance the university library’s core collection in English literature, film, drama and American studies.


Professor Brian Winston organised the appeal. He said: “The university needs to establish a tradition of gifts and support and this began very well ten years ago with the enthusiasm of the local community within the city and the county to found a university in the first place.


“We want to augment our library collection as we don’t get enough money from the government to provide much beyond basic undergraduate needs.


“We made an appeal to friends and supporters of the university for recent scholarly works and we got them in goodly numbers. The university has benefited in terms of cost to the tune of £30,000 in kind which is no mean effort. This is a challenge which I’m sure will be regularly repeated in the years to come.”


Photo 1 Photographed at the Book Appeal Fund celebration from left to right: University of Lincoln Vice Chancellor Professor David Chiddick, Senior Lecturer Mike Gaughan, Manager of Ottakar’s Peter Lord and Academic Manager Clare Hume.


Photo 2 Book donor Dr Margaret Spurr OBE DL (left) with Vice Chancellor Professor David Chiddick (centre) and Professor of Broadcasting Policy Sylvia Harvey (right)


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