H. C. Farrow Drug Stores Lending Library, Isle of Sheppey, Sheerness-on-Sea, Kent, England

1930s H. C. Farrow Drug Stores Lending Library Ticket No. 6

1930s H. C. Farrow Drug Stores Lending Library Ticket No. 6

The H. C. Farrow Drug Stores

The H.C. Farrow Drug Store, operated by Harold Claude Farrow (1900-1971), was located at 139 High Street, Isle of Sheppey, Sheerness-on-Sea, Kent, England, during the 1930s,.

Page 581 of 1930 Kelly’s Directory for Kent, England

Lending Libraries

Prior to the Public Libraries Act of 1850, libraries in England were mostly privately-funded institutions that allowed access through membership or subscription fees. Costly membership fees often precluded those with insufficient means from using early libraries.

A solution to this problem came by way of lending libraries. Often a small room or a shelf in a local business, church or school, lending libraries offered the general public a means for borrowing books in localities that were without public libraries.

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