Public Library Geographies

Public Library Geographies explores the diverse human geographies and their intersections that can be examined through studying across a range of temporal and spatial scales the institution of the Public Library. Researching the historical and cultural geographies of Public Libraries and Geographies of Knowledge considers the pioneering work of public library advocates in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the regional and national campaigns in the UK that pioneered initiatives such as children’ libraries that led to the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.

Papers focusing on different aspects of public libraries and their geographies (for example, the emancipatory gender geographies of the public library, children libraries and children geographies of the public library) have been presented at national and international academic conferences and at public lectures (See Activities and Events section of this website).

In 2017, my first academic paper on public library geographies was published in Performance Research‘s special issue On Libraries, and this can be read here.