FORCED TO LEAVE ‘IDEA STORE’ AFTER 58 YEARS
Whitechapel Idea Store
I was issued my first library card when I was four years old, in 1958, at what was then the Whitechapel Library, next to the west exit to Aldgate East Underground station.
Since those days, the original Whitechapel library has been closed down and was replaced with the Whitechapel Idea Store on Thursday 22nd September 2005, a supposedly ‘flag ship’ of Tower Hamlets library services. To me, this new building was a cold and impersonal box, run by it’s computers instead of people. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against change, just bad changes. I must be able to accept change, I am a blogger, after all.
Throughout all of these years, I can hardly remember a time when I have had to pay a fine for late return of the (what must be) thousands of items I…
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