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English Public Libraries: Years of Crisis, 1914-1919
The Journal of Library History (1974-1987)
Vol. 22, No. 3 (Summer, 1987), pp. 272-284
Published by: University of Texas Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25541815
Page Count: 13
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The aim of this article is to show the extent to which public libraries in England were adversely affected in World War I. An attempt has been made to distinguish between areas directly influenced by the war and others that were subject to quite different influences. The period represents a time of crisis, unknown before or since, when the library service virtually collapsed owing to the combination of an inflexible limitation on the amount of local taxes available to libraries and an inexorable inflationary spiral. In order to place the topic in context, the financial position of libraries prior to the war is analyzed and the results of subsequent ameliorating legislation are explored.
The Journal of Library History (1974-1987) © 1987 University of Texas Press