WikiWirral is where great friendships are made.
Forum Stats
12223 Members
65 Forums
72734 Topics
980346 Posts
68 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
89 registered (11kendo, 14 invisible), 1513 Guests and 189 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
On-street parking charges dropped 414
Ceiling needs smoothing 352
TS Indefatigable 296
Patio work 257
Hezballah 229
Sea Shepherd 212
vet fees 212
Seeking old pictures of Egerton Street area, Birkenhead 94
Re sizing 79
Am I missing something ? 63
New General Forums
Am I missing something ?
by dizdazdoz
16th Feb 2017 12:46pm
Valentines Day---Help From The Ladies
by fish5133
10th Feb 2017 7:35pm
Happy BirthdaY
by Vanmanone
10th Feb 2017 2:51am
Warning!!!
by muzzy2
9th Feb 2017 9:09am
New Wirral History
Seeking old pictures of Egerton Street area, Birkenhead
by yoller
19th Feb 2017 7:53pm
TS Indefatigable
by granny
18th Feb 2017 3:32pm
RIP : Chris Kay
by granny
31st Aug 2016 9:25am
Children's home on the Overchurch
by xleahx
26th Apr 2011 7:01pm
Stanlow Abbey
by ghostly1
4th Dec 2008 10:09pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Hadlow train station
Topic Replies
Patio work
by steamfan
Today at 09:51 AM
Changes to bin collections
by joeblogs
Today at 07:22 AM
TS Indefatigable
by granny
Yesterday at 11:12 PM
Missing
by granny
Yesterday at 11:10 PM
Samick Greg Bennett UK50 Ukulele
by j_demo
Yesterday at 09:24 PM
Stanlow Abbey
by techgran
Yesterday at 09:07 PM
2x Brit Floyd tickets 3rd March City entrance
by ambersmum
Yesterday at 06:35 PM
Sherwood 2x30W amp with phono - £35; other hifi
by montyz
Yesterday at 04:09 PM
vet fees
by starakita
Yesterday at 03:48 PM
February
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by venice
19th Feb 2017 12:19pm
Wirral TUC Meeting re Update on Wallasey CLP Suspe
by RUDEBOX
13th Feb 2017 8:50pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#902769 - 28th Sep 2014 12:36pm Subscription libraries
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
Mention of Morton's bookshop in the Oxton Rd. thread brought to mind my first job in 1952 at W.H.Smith in Grange Rd. Part of the shop was devoted to a subscription library: I wasn't personally involved with it but as far as I remember you paid an annual subscription for the use of it and could borrow books in the same way as at the public libraries. I vaguely remember that maybe Morton's had one too. I don't know why people would pay to use a relatively small library when the public library was free. Anyone have any memories of these libraries?
_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
Wirral History Advertising
Click me for more Information......

* * * Superior Heating by Stephen Foster (Dodie) * * *
Now Advertise with WikiWirral.
WikiWirral stats 35,000 Page Views a Day +500 Search Engines.. Click Me
#902785 - 28th Sep 2014 3:18pm Re: Subscription libraries [Re: chriskay]
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran

Registered: 27th Nov 2008
Posts: 7852
Loc: tranmere
I don't remember them, my initial thoughts are, a member of a subscription library in W H Smith for example would get their hands on new book releases before the public libraries would be issued with them.
_________________________
God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.

Top
#902790 - 28th Sep 2014 4:14pm Re: Subscription libraries [Re: bert1]
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran

Registered: 27th Nov 2008
Posts: 7852
Loc: tranmere
A brief description from 1883,


Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
sublib.JPG


_________________________
God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.

Top
#902795 - 28th Sep 2014 4:50pm Re: Subscription libraries [Re: bert1]
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
Thanks, Bert; your thought about availability of newer books may be right.
_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
#902801 - 28th Sep 2014 6:31pm Re: Subscription libraries [Re: chriskay]
muzzy2 Online   shifty
Enthusiast

Registered: 14th Aug 2011
Posts: 197
Loc: wirral
Boots chemist also had a lending library, my mother always had the latest crime novels kept for her ' under the counter '. Liscard rd branch, by Woolworths.

Top
#902813 - 28th Sep 2014 7:21pm Re: Subscription libraries [Re: chriskay]
jimbob Offline

Forum Addict

Registered: 26th Nov 2008
Posts: 1537
Loc: Birkenhead
News agent shop on Old Chester road, Lower Tranmere where I was a paper boy in the first half of the 1950s had a small lending library. A company called once a month and updated the stock of books. The shop was the double door one opposite Mersey Mount.
_________________________
Ships that pass in the night, seldom seen and soon forgoten

Top

Moderator:  Mark 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
vet fees
by eggandchips
Yesterday at 12:01 AM
Seeking old pictures of Egerton Street area, Birkenhead
by yoller
19th Feb 2017 7:53pm
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by paxvobiscum
18th Feb 2017 9:19pm
Patio work
by steamfan
18th Feb 2017 3:45pm
TS Indefatigable
by granny
18th Feb 2017 3:32pm
For Sale & Free
Samick Greg Bennett UK50 Ukulele
by j_demo
Yesterday at 09:24 PM
2x Brit Floyd tickets 3rd March City entrance
by ambersmum
Yesterday at 06:35 PM
Sherwood 2x30W amp with phono - £35; other hifi
by montyz
Yesterday at 04:09 PM
Gaming pc
by Cjoshea
18th Feb 2017 9:47pm
ESCHENBACH Illuminated Magnifiers
by buddy
15th Feb 2017 1:12pm
Featured Member
Registered: 30th Jun 2006
Posts: 37
Newest Members
CliveK, vonny, Vkj530, SunsetP, RachelBinns
12223 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by paxvobiscum
18th Feb 2017 9:19pm
Patio work
by steamfan
18th Feb 2017 3:45pm
Ceiling needs smoothing
by yr20405
15th Feb 2017 1:52am
Info? Bill Dobson, Photographer, Martins Bank
by diggingdeeper
13th Feb 2017 12:10pm
War Museum
by missmahjong
12th Feb 2017 1:24pm
News : New Topics
Hezballah
by venice
17th Feb 2017 11:15am
On-street parking charges dropped
by oldpm01
15th Feb 2017 9:10am
Thousands raised for children of cancer couple.
by fish5133
13th Feb 2017 3:01pm
Lost ladies Swarovski watch
by spider
13th Feb 2017 10:36am
M53 closed in both directions between J2 and J3
by diggingdeeper
9th Feb 2017 10:00pm
New Enthusiast Forums
vet fees
by eggandchips
Yesterday at 12:01 AM
Sea Shepherd
by venice
16th Feb 2017 1:06pm
Sounds of the Sixties
by paxvobiscum
11th Feb 2017 8:53pm
Hospital
by cools
10th Feb 2017 9:53am
X Box One S
by rossie
9th Feb 2017 8:56am
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Tue 7:16am
Sunset Tue 5:35pm
Local Time Tue 11:58am
WikiWirral Can . . . .