A member of the library in which I work remembers the same tactic being used by Boots in the placing of their circulating libraries. In the Boots where she worked, the library placed at the rear of the store was simply expected to cover its costs. The profit was made by incidental sales to customers passing through the store on the way to the library. With the Government now exploring the possibility of commercialising or privatising the country's library service, we can expect libraries to be joining post offices at the rear of Woolworth's and other stores in the near future.
Readers of Mills & Boon, Catherine Cookson and Wilbur Smith may be well-served; lovers of more demanding fiction, students, small businesses and local historians are certain to see the disappearance of the services they need.
The Library Campaign
Hexham, NorthumberlandReuse content