The Portico Library, on the corner of Charlotte Street, was Manchester's first subscription library
. Designed by Thomas Harrison of Chester, it was built in the classical style and opened in 1806.
However, the club attracted the attention of a relatively affluent group of merchants, tradesmen and Presbyterian clergy who were contemplating the establishment of their own subscription library
. A proposal was made to merge both groups resulting in the foundation in 1792 of the Belfast Society for Promoting Knowledge, which survives and thrives today as the Linen Hall Library.
With almost 500 titles in the Viveport Subscription library
, we're proud to curate a diverse and engaging range of experiences that appeal to a wide audience.
Founded in 1741 it is the oldest subscription library
in the UK.
It was home to England's first subscription library
and then became a gentlemen's club before falling in to disrepair in the 1950s.
A distinguished author in his own right, Ramsay was also arguably the most remarkable cultural entrepreneur in the literary canon: founder of the first subscription library
in the British Isles, pioneer of innovation in drama and art education, inventor of the characterisation of Scots as Doric and able user of synthetic Scots.
Batavia has had a public library since 1882 (before that, it was a subscription library
Among the topics are poetry and civic urbanism in the coffee-house library in the mid-18th century, uncommon knowledge: late-18th-century American subscription library
collections, romantic readerships in rural Perthshire 1780-1830, reading on the edge of the Atlantic: the Easton Library Company, and crafting respectability: the politics of class at the Mechanic Apprentices' Library of Boston.
Items under scrutiny include diamonds found hidden in a chair and a banner for Britain's oldest subscription library
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A Robertson, Troon, Ayrshire | Innerpeffray Library - four miles south of Crieff, Perthshire - is a historic subscription library
and was the first lending library in Scotland.