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A Tube Shelter lending library

A Tube Shelter lending library Libraries in converted shops, in village halls, in mobile vans, are common enough on both sides of the Atlanticand from America we even hear the majestic news of a library on a peanut handcart. But libraries in tube shelters are something new under the sunor moon. Who could have foreseen such things Yet they had to come. When Londoners, undergoing the heaviest bombardment in history, defied all laws and rules by taking possession of the tube platforms and stairsnot by storm, but by the mildest of infiltrationsit was quickly evident that a new social situation was in being. People spending from eight to fourteen hours a night on a station far below ground had to have food, sleeping facilities, medical attention, recreation both physical and mental. A new organisation had to be created, and created it was, partly by central planning and partlyit is our English wayby brilliant improvisation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

A Tube Shelter lending library

Library Review , Volume 8 (5): 5 – May 1, 1942

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0024-2535
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10.1108/eb060409
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Abstract

Libraries in converted shops, in village halls, in mobile vans, are common enough on both sides of the Atlanticand from America we even hear the majestic news of a library on a peanut handcart. But libraries in tube shelters are something new under the sunor moon. Who could have foreseen such things Yet they had to come. When Londoners, undergoing the heaviest bombardment in history, defied all laws and rules by taking possession of the tube platforms and stairsnot by storm, but by the mildest of infiltrationsit was quickly evident that a new social situation was in being. People spending from eight to fourteen hours a night on a station far below ground had to have food, sleeping facilities, medical attention, recreation both physical and mental. A new organisation had to be created, and created it was, partly by central planning and partlyit is our English wayby brilliant improvisation.

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Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 1, 1942

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