I am very sorry about my earlier message to the list, was sent accidently in
HTML format, instead of plain text. Thus making it difficult to read by
many, possibly due to non-web based e-mail clients.
I will like to say thanks so much to all those (with web based e-mail
clients) who have responded to my e-mail, and sent in very useful
information for my book project.
For those with non-web based e-mail clients, here is the message again
without HTML formatting.
Original message posted over the weekend:
I wonder if UK public librarian can help me out here.
Recently at the British Library, I was researching for an ongoing book
project, to update a popular factual reference website about libraies and
books, currently at:
I was frustrated not to find any further information to contradict or add
to two important entries in my book project I want to confirm once and for
all. The two entries are:
1) First UK subscription (commercial circulating) library: Norwich Public
Library. It commenced
in the 18th century. And later in the 19th century became a free public
2) UK's oldest free public library: Liverpool Public Library, opened
officially 1852. Norwich City
Library was a strong candidate as it opened in 1608, but it only stocked
theological books and publications.
If anyone disagrees with the above two statements, please could you supply
information to the contrary, or a reference I can consult.
Thank you in advance.
Info Connect LIS Directory 2001
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