LETTER: Memories of Boots libraries

Boots the chemist once had subscription libraries within their stores.

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Established in 1899 by Florence Boot they thrived for 67 years. Hastings and St Leonards were both home to a branch of Boots Booklovers Library. In my book ‘Lipsticks and Library Books’ former staff share entertaining memories of wealthy, eccentric subscribers and strict spinster librarians.

This is the story of a privileged elite in a genteel world that existed really not so long ago but which seems very distant from today.

If anyone has memories of Boots library in either Hastings or St Leonards I would love to hear from them.

Jackie Winter

Winterborne Zelston


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