Public reading room, 17th century

Public reading room, 17th century

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Caption: Public reading room in 1616. 19th-century artwork of a reading room in London, England, during the Jacobean era (the reign of King James I). Books, on chains in bookshelves with attached benches, are available for reading by the public. The 17th century saw the founding of many of England's earliest public libraries. Artwork from 'London' (Charles Knight, 1841).

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