Roast or Toast: Phillip Robinson library

Is the robbo truly a productive study space or is it only useful when you want to borrow library resources?

Zahra Hanif
14th December 2022
Image credit: instagram @libraryncl
This is going to be controversial, but I just don't like the Phillip Robinson library. It's just a bit too mainstream for me, personally. I prefer a spaced-out, less cramped environment- think the Majorie Robinson right next door, or the bottom floor of the Henry Daysh building across campus. 

This isn't to say that Phillip Robinson doesn't have any redeemable qualities. It's the closest for all of us living in Jesmond, it has saved me an extended walk when I just need a few pages printed. It's reliable for all of your reading needs. But beyond that, I just don't see the appeal. 

First of all, finding a space? It shouldn't be so hard, but by the time I've found somewhere comfortable and free, I could've done ten times the word count of the essay I've ventured out to finish. And even if you do find a space, the sheer amount of people means it's hard to concentrate if you're like me, and you need quiet to focus (or you're easily distracted by people watching). 

Finding my way out is a mission in itself, it just hurts my brain

Don't even get me started on the layout - three years at this university and I still couldn't tell you which door does what or which space is which. Finding my way out is a mission in itself, it just hurts my brain, which isn't ideal after hours of straining it like silly. 

Call me inattentive, call me a hater, I don't care, I'm just a firm believer in Marj supremacy.

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AUTHOR: Zahra Hanif
English literature student :)

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