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Losing yourself in a book – the ‘Boots Booklovers Library’

22 November, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Between 1899 and 1966 Boots the Chemist operated an extensive, national, circulating library, one which was renowned for service and the environment it created for subscribers. Come and find out why Jesse Boot went to the trouble of running such a popular service as a loss leader. This talk will remember the style and elegance of the libraries which were show pieces of contemporary interior design and most importantly the stories of the librarians who worked there.

Drawing on archive research and oral histories, hear how the libraries celebrated the reading year with a calendar of displays, subscription drives, holiday influxes and joining in with local events.

Discussion led by Dr Nickianne Moody of Liverpool John Moores University and Boots archivist Judith Wright.


This is part of the series How to lose and find yourself in words.
For event information, please contact Sally Bowden at sally.bowden@nottingham.ac.uk.


22 November, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Event Partners
Five Leaves Bookshop
Image Copyright
The Boots Archive
Accessibility Information
Five Leaves Bookshop is located in Nottingham city centre a short work from the Market Place tram stop. For those arriving by car please use city centre car parking or parking meters. The bookshop is accessible to disabled visitors.


Five Leaves Bookshop
14a Long Row
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2DH United Kingdom
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