A very Merry Christmas to all our readers!

'Manner of making a resting place on a winter night', by Midshipman George Back, from 'Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Polar Sea' by John Franklin (London, 1823)

We hope you’ll be warmer and better-provisioned than the travellers in the above illustration – see Up the Coppermine without a paddle for the full story.

As a quick reminder, if you’re planning to visit the Library in person, you have until 5:00pm this afternoon (Friday 21 December). We’re then closed for the holidays, re-opening at 10:00am on Wednesday 2 January 2013, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

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