Wimbledon Library

Wimbledon Library

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1903
Area Wimbledon
Picture Reference Wim_​37_​1-5
Original Format Photocopy
Notes / History When first opened in 1887, the library could only provide access to newspapers. Lending and reference sections were only opened six months later, when public subscriptions and donations had ensured sufficient quantities of stock to fill the shelves. By 1900, a new library extension was needed and an extra section was added to the rear of the building.
Initially people were not allowed immediate access to the books – instead they chose a title from a card catalogue and took their request to a special window. A librarian would them supply the relevant publication.

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