Mobile library

#Picture Number SO188

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Victorian illustration to download showing a workman borrowing a book from a horse-drawn mobile library. The books are arranged on shelves within a cabinet with sliding doors, which is mounted on a two-wheeled cart. This was the Warrington Mechanics’ Institution Perambulating Library, created in 1860 because the Institution found it difficult to raise the circulation above 3,000 books borrowed a year – they said this was ‘owing to the difficulty of getting working-men to wash their faces and come to the library bar and ask for a book.’ After the Perambulating Library was started, circulation rose to 12,000 books borrowed per year.