Have you ever wondered what circulating libraries in the 18th and 19th centuries were like? We have. (Then again, we do work in a library.)
This informative post from the blog, Jane Austen’s World, reveals the inner workings of the Regency era’s circulating libraries. Back then, a three-volume novel cost the equivalent of $100, so it’s no surprise these book borrowing centers were popular.
The era’s libraries were also considered cultural centers, where people visited and met others. In other words, some things haven’t really changed.