All the Libraries in London: READER
Ruth Beale and Simon Elvins
In London, 120 libraries have closed in the last 10 years. Across the UK, at least 350 public libraries have closed. Meanwhile, university, health, and government libraries are quietly streamlined. This reader is the culmination of decade long project that includes the list of every library in London alongside an image archive and includes over 30 submissions from artists, designers, writers and library lovers. Preface by Lola Olufemi.
All the Libraries in London celebrates the rich network of government, local authority and university libraries in the capital, as well as those run by professional bodies, charities, embassies, places of worship and independent cultural organisations. From the local library to the society accessed by day pass or membership, each has its own collection, catalogue, atmosphere and purpose. This unique directory represents millions of books, journals and media available to read every day in London’s libraries; resources we want to see used and maintained.
All the Libraries in London is a creative project maintained by Ruth Beale and Simon Elvins.