The town of Grantham in Lincolnshire, England is home to the Francis Trigge Chained Library, founded in 1598. The library is named after an Elizabethan Puritan clergyman who was the rector of a nearby village. A supporter of the common people, Trigge founded the library to help increase knowledge of the divinity, liberal sciences, and to help fellow clergy with their studies. The Trigge Chained Library is the first public reference library in England.
Hereford Cathedral Chained Library in Hereford Cathedral, UK The practice of chaining books was the normal practice for reference libraries starting in the middle ages until the century. The Chained Library has been around since the