It’s Libraries Week, and to celebrate we asked local authors to share their love of libraries. Our final guest of the week is Molly Gartland, the author of The Girl From the Hermitage. Here’s what she had to say about us.

I have used the Richmond libraries throughout my time in the borough.  Twenty years ago, it provided a destination for my daughter and I. A place for her to hear a story and mix with other children and of course pick a selection of books to enjoy. And I could pick up novels for myself. When I started writing my first novel, The Girl From the Hermitage, I used the library to research Russian history which provided the backbone for my writing. The network of libraries and inter library loans were helpful in this process.

Now, I am researching and writing my second novel which has links to the local area. The local history library has been a brilliant resource for this project.  I’ve also enjoyed writing workshops and events in the library.  Libraries are essential, even in these digital times and must always be cherished.


Find more quotes from local authors about what they love about libraries on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know what you love about our libraries any any library in the comments section.

Happy Libraries Week to all the librarians, library workers and library lovers.


Read Part 1- Michelle Birkby

Read Part 2- Mary Chamberlain