Quot.: Whitechapel Library – “a meeting place for boys and girls”

Libraries are not only (more or less quiet) places where one can pursue one’s studies,  but also social places to meet people – and maybe even find love. This was already the case over a century ago:

Meanwhile, the second generation was making good use of the Whitechapel Public Library. It has acquired legendary status as a haven where Jewish slum kids could escape overcrowded flats and plunge into books, but there also study was a social activity. “It was not only a place where one could just about get an hour’s homework done in four hours, but a meeting place for boys and girls,” recalled one habitué. […] There was much conversation and some rowdiness, in spite of a stern librarian.

Rose, Jonathan. The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes. New Haven and London: Yale Nota Bene, 2001. 0-300-09808-1.

One response to “Quot.: Whitechapel Library – “a meeting place for boys and girls”

  1. why not:)

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