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The Friday Photos: London Libraries

By Silvia Baretta Last edited 34 months ago
The Friday Photos: London Libraries
Rotherhithe Picture Research Library by Andrew Smith via Flickr
Rotherhithe Picture Research Library by Andrew Smith via Flickr
Pop Up Library by WPhoto via Flickr
Pop Up Library by WPhoto via Flickr
Local Library by msganching via Flickr
Local Library by msganching via Flickr
New Cross Library Occupation by Robin Bray-Hurren
New Cross Library Occupation by Robin Bray-Hurren
Fast Asleep in the Library by deepstoat via Flickr
Fast Asleep in the Library by deepstoat via Flickr
Bethnal Green Library by Shanne W via Flickr
Bethnal Green Library by Shanne W via Flickr
Rock and Roll Public Library by Judy via Flickr
Rock and Roll Public Library by Judy via Flickr
British Library Garden by Alan Habbick via Flickr
British Library Garden by Alan Habbick via Flickr
Londonist Library of Londony Books by Matt Brown via Flickr
Londonist Library of Londony Books by Matt Brown via Flickr
Library in Mayfair by fazfazfaz via Flickr
Library in Mayfair by fazfazfaz via Flickr
The boarded up Preston Library in Brent - You Are My Sunshine by David Merrigan via Flickr
The boarded up Preston Library in Brent - You Are My Sunshine by David Merrigan via Flickr

"People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned”, said Saul Bellow. The library is one of the greatest multi-function public spaces the human race has ever invented. A place where you can read, relax, think, study, acknowledge and...sleep.

Here's a collection of pictures taken from our Flickr Pool showing just some of the libraries of London. And if you're feeling inspired, take a look at our guide to London-themed libraries and archives around town.

Many thanks to the photographers for allowing us to use their images via Flickr: WPhoto, msganching, Robin Bray-Hurren, deepstoat, Andrew Smith, Shanne W, Judy, Alan Habbick, Matt Brown, fazfazfaz and David Merrigan.

Last Updated 07 February 2014

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A phone box is not a library - that is just a collection of books. A library is curated, it is looked after, it has people who are happy to help and will work through your research question with you. A library has computers, that should be free to use and if they are not that's a shame. A library has online resources, as well as a wealth of books that someone has tried to make sure are relevant, not just off-casts from someone's shelves. A library puts on events that try and engage its user, it sometimes has a cafe so you can sip coffee and read. It is not a phone box.