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Library at Work

Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.

Documentary 1922 13 mins Silent

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Featured libraries include the British Museum, the Central Library for Students on Galen Place, Islington Central Library and Croydon Library in this film singing the praises of the library system, “the open door for everybody”. Has some great interior and exterior shots of all – plus a nice view of the Thames when discussing the Seafarers Library – as well as scenes of provincial libraries and captions giving informative commentary on the history and value of libraries.