Books, Buildings and Social Engineering: Early Public Libraries in Britain from Past to Present

1st Edition

Alistair Black, Simon Pepper, Kaye Bagshaw

Routledge
Published December 18, 2017
Reference - 486 Pages
ISBN 9780815399285 - CAT# K345240

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Summary

Public libraries have strangely never been the subject of an extensive design history. Consequently, this important and comprehensive book represents a ground-breaking socio-architectural study of pre-1939 public library buildings. A surprisingly high proportion of these urban civic buildings remain intact and present an increasingly difficult architectural problem for many communities. The book thus includes a study of what is happening to these historic libraries now and proposes that knowledge of their origins and early development can help build an understanding of how best to handle their future.

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