This collection comprises the record of Wantz Library, including building plans and inventories (1956-1993), a staff manuel (circa. 1976), adult issue books (1966-1995), junior issue books (1996-2001), a junior stock figures book (1976-1995), a junior homework book (1992-1998) and photographs of events (1987-1995).
Records of Wantz Library
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 350 BD59
- Dates of Creation1952-2001
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Wantz Library was originally built to provide communal kitchen for locals bombed out of their houses as part of the British Restaurant Scheme during the Second World War. It was transformed into a library at the behest of the formidable, John Oâ€™Leary, Borough Librarian in 1945. The original library was later demolished and replaced with a new building, which opened in 1976. A leaflet on the opening ceremony outlines how it was hoped the library would become a â€˜centre for recreation and education to help meet the leisure needs of every age groupâ€™. Unfortunately the library was eventually closed due to a lack of funding from the coalition government in March 2012.
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Transferred to the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre in March 2012.
Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist.
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A substantial amount of material, which was deemed to be of no historical importance has been removed, including staff time books, sale books, daily cash summery books and postage books.