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By Alistair Black

Books, constructions and Social Engineering an immense effect at the cultural and academic lifetime of the rustic, British public libraries started to be supported via neighborhood taxation in 1850 yet their constructions now signify a tough architectural challenge for plenty of groups. This publication provides socio-architectural background of public library structures from 1850 to 1939.

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Jones, Carnegie libraries across America: a public legacy (Wiley, 1997); A. Van Slyck, Free to all: Carnegie libraries and American culture 1890-1920 (Chicago, 1995). In an Irish context, see B. Grimes, Irish Carnegie libraries: a catalogue and architectural history (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1998). 38 M. Swenarton, Homes fit for heroes: the politics and architecture of early state housing in Britain (London: Heinemann Educational, 1981); H. Richardson, English hospitals 1660-1948: a survey of their architecture and design (Swindon: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1998); A.

11 A 'third place' requires not just action but interaction: K. ', Public Library journal, Vol. 2 (2003), 27. 12 M. H. ), Britisillibrariansilip and information work 2001-2005 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 372-89. 13 N. McDermott, 'Inspiring public places', Public Library journal (Winter 2007), 5-9. C. Harrison, 'Building a record', Public Library journal, Vol. 3 (2000), 70. 15 This enthusiasm is symbolised by the shortlisting of the design of the Idea Store in London's Whitechapel for the 2006 Royal Institute of British Architect's Stirling Prize.

12 M. H. ), Britisillibrariansilip and information work 2001-2005 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 372-89. 13 N. McDermott, 'Inspiring public places', Public Library journal (Winter 2007), 5-9. C. Harrison, 'Building a record', Public Library journal, Vol. 3 (2000), 70. 15 This enthusiasm is symbolised by the shortlisting of the design of the Idea Store in London's Whitechapel for the 2006 Royal Institute of British Architect's Stirling Prize. Also, since 1995 the Public Libraries Group of the Chartered Instihtte of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has run a biennial public library design competition: the Public Library Building Awards.

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