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Mapping British libraries

Just came across this. A group comprising librarians and authors are mapping the libraries across Britain that are under threat of, or have already succumbed to, closure or reduction in staff and services: We should look at an OSM tie-in somehow -- Harry Wood 13:00, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Unfortunately that link no longer exists. Redirects to but no mention of maps. It was some time ago though. -- Andrewblack 20:00, 05 August 2017 (UTC)

Types of libraries

I suggest the type of library be tagged library=. The types should roughly correspond to Examples: library=public, library=law, library=research. Brianegge (talk) 00:41, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

I agree on proposing this key to specify the type of library, but I think it should be used to indicate what type of media predominates in the collection, such as library=books, library=records, library=music (for sheet music), library=films, etc. The examples you provided varied between content (which I propose), function and administration. Or, thinking again, maybe the key for what I propose could be collection=*? — Virgilinojuca (talk) 17:00, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
I agree with Brianegge's idea. I do not understand the response by Virgilinojuca -- I read it like "I agree, but actually I want to use the library:type key for something completely different". I would say one of the most important use case emerging from library:type is to answer the question -- "is this a general purpose public library, or is this a special purpose library (e.g. scientific) ?" --Peter.vojtek (talk) 08:19, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
What I meant is that Brianegge's examples don't seem to be similar enough. For me, library=law suggest that it is a library composed, at least mostly, by books about law. library=public suggests that it is public rather than private. So those two characteristics don't seem that they should be in the same field. (library=research I don't actually understand, since, for me, any library can be used for research) Putting it in another way, how would I tag, according to his idea, a library composed of law books that is public? And, regarding that library:type=* key... I never mentioned such key. —Virgilinojuca (talk) 04:42, 16 January 2017 (UTC)


How should facilities, such as study desks, audio books, librarians service be recorded?