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AbstractWilliam E. Gladstone founded and built St Deiniol's Library during the I880s and I890S near his own residence in Hawarden, not far from Chester. The Library was based on Gladstone's personal library, but it was unclear from the beginning whether it was intended as a 'community' library...
AbstractNottingham's operatives' libraries may not have been unique, but they were certainly remarkable. These libraries served the lowest class of manual worker. Significantly they were started and run by the members themselves; they were not imposed on the workers by a higher class. Beginning...
AbstractBefore the advent of public libraries, people who wished to borrow books for home reading frequented circulating and subscription libraries . These libraries were run on commercial principles but can be regarded as community libraries, providing cultural and educational reading material...
AbstractAs a large, and largely rural, county, Yorkshire has a long tradition of providing community libraries. It has also provided some of the formative thinking that went into developing the services that we see today. In the course of a project in which all public library buildings in the...
AbstractThis paper examines the town of Burnley and its population in 1900 and questions why Burnley did not have a public library fifty years after the Public Libraries Act of 1850 had been passed. It closely examines the relationship between the councillors and directors of the Mechanics!'...
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