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Moor Allerton Library, Interior View

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Moor Allerton Library, Interior View
June 1985. Interior view of Moor Allerton Branch Library in the Moor Allerton Shopping Centre, looking from the counter area towards the adult lending section. Borrowers are waiting in a long queue at the counter to return their books at what is the busiest branch library in Leeds.

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Simon Cook

After Jean Slaney was appointed to the supervisor post, I started working with her at Moor Allerton way back in the early 1980s when I was a teenager. Jean can be seen on the photo, she is the lady closest to us behind the counter. Initially the library was not open but we prepared all the stock for the grand opening. I even put all the shelves on the walls that can be seen along the back walls. Also in the picture is a lad named Gerard. I forget his surname. Whilst the picture is very small, I am certain that a colleague called Barbara Bull is seen at the other side of the counter seemingly looking into the camera. I even recognised one of the customers. I would swear the lady with her arm on the counter and hand on her mouth is a Mrs Black, one of our regular customers. Moor Allerton was one of the busiest branch libraries in the UK. As you can see, we were using the "Brown" system back then, despite the roll out of a computerised system across the country. It was to be many years before Leeds put its hands in its pockets and invested in this new technology. The hours we spent sorting the tickets into order. We were so busy at one time we would often be working on two or even three days at once. The good will of me, Linda North, Caroline Maw and Debbie Newbould meant we would often stay behind after work or start work early in order to try and get up to date. There was a fantastic team spirit at Moor Allerton and a varied age range. Many of us were in our late teens or early twenties with others well into their 30’s 40’s and 50’s. Peter Kelly was the first Librarian followed by the lovely Anne Chambers when Peter moved on. Both were fantastic people and had a great sense of humour dealing with us rowdy young people. Amongst other duties with Leeds Leisure Services, I worked at Moor Allerton for over seven years. It has been great to happen upon this photo and reminisce about the great times we all had back then.


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