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Nelson circulating library, 1842 (1st of 2)

Nelson circulating library, 1842

In 1842 C. Elliott of Nelson set up a commercial circulating library in the town. Borrowers could join the library on a quarterly or yearly basis, and take out books by paying a lending fee. This commercial library did not differ much from the embryonic public libraries, which also charged membership and borrowing fees.  

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Reference: Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 13 August 1842, p. 89

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Julia Millen, 'Libraries - Public libraries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Julia Millen, published 22 Oct 2014