These four river barges were converted into hospitals and used on the River Seine in France during the First World War. Find out more about the history of emergency transport. Become an emergency response volunteer.
"A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exist, a life-rat and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead." Caitlin Moran in "The Book Habit"