Boots Booklovers Library

Early days
The first circulating libraries in the UK were formed during the mid-eighteenth century and allowed books to be borrowed for a specified loan period after payment of a subscription. Several libraries were attached to shops, notably W. H. Smith and Harrods.

The Boots Book Lending service was established in 1898 at the instigation of Florence Boot, initially in the small number of shops which had a stationery department. The early ...

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Silence is golden to librarians and booksellers.

That’s one of several concerns librarians have with a provision in the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress last year in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It gives the FBI authority to search library and bookstore circulation records and, where applicable, Internet user records, in an investigation of international terrorism or for other intelligence probes.

Unlike most search warrants, the FBI doesn’t have to show evidence of wrongdoing or that ...

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