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Libraries of yore

circulating-library 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.

Check out the post for more interesting details. (Picture from Jane Austen’s World.)

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