In this cold and rainy weather, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee.
Instead of choosing to “hibernate” into your room, why not venture into the library. It’s a great opportunity to have a change of setting and to discover other topics of interest. With a more zen-like atmosphere, it’s also a good place to gather your thoughts and do some reflection or planning.
Or if you’re more studious, then visit the library at our Wynyard Campus for additional resources on your course program. Every year, over 10,000 books are borrowed from the library, that’s five books for every Navitas student on campus! There’s a wide range of newspapers, magazines and DVDs available to students too. Other facilities include a meeting room and silent study area where you can revise without distraction, as well as computers, photocopying and wifi access. In 2014, students visited the library 170,000 times so it’s definitely the ‘place-to-be’, especially during exam time! Additional useful English learning resources are also available through Navitas English on Level 3, Wynyard Campus.
And of course, don’t miss out on visiting Sydney’s best library facility, the State Library of NSW, centrally located near Hyde Park. As a world-leading library, it has modern facilities, an extensive collection of books, quiet study areas and lots of interesting exhibitions and events to keep you inspired.
While it’s always an option to borrow a book from the library, there are lots of cool bookshops to hang out in right here in Sydney. For a more popular mainstream bookshop, Dymocks has the most comprehensive collection of books, and luckily, they have stores all over Sydney. For something totally different, Kinokuniya, in the heart of the city, is a cool Japanese bookstore full of books that you can’t find anywhere else.
Oxford Street, which runs from Hyde Park in the city through Darlinghurst, Paddington, Woollahra and ends in Bondi, is lined with lots of small shops, boutiques and cafés and makes for a nice walk on a Sunday afternoon. A number of bookshops are nestled along this street too. Both Ariel and Berkelouw bookshops are a favourite among locals but the real gem is the Ampersand Café and Bookstore. Ampersand sells new and pre-loved books while serving delicious lunches, sweet treats and hot drinks. So, you can settle down in a corner of the tall-storey café for the afternoon with your newest novel and a full belly – bliss!
Reading books is a great way to open yourself to new discoveries, to improve your English, and to add to your vocabulary. Enjoy, and stay warm and dry while learning something too!