A word of warning if you use Portsmouth Central Library.
I used to use the library’s historical department quite a lot. If, say, I wanted a street of addresses from a Kelly’s of 1934 or the names of ships I would take a photo of the page and then download it at home and peruse it at my leisure.
Unfortunately this cannot now be done.
I was in the library a few weeks ago and was told to put my camera bag with camera in a locker. I was then told if I wanted to take photographs of pages I would have to buy a licence.
Fair enough I thought. ‘How much is that then?’ I asked.
‘Ten pounds,’ the woman on the desk told me. ‘A day.’
I thought she was having a laugh but no, that is what it is now. To research any material a fee has to be paid for taking a photograph – even of a printed page without a picture on it.