This computer was used in the Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon from 1982 until 1991. It was the first microcomputer bought by Croydon Libraries and only the second bought by Croydon Council. The Libraries had a larger minicomputer from 1979 controlling the issue and return of books, but the Commodore PET was the first computer used by staff without special training in programming languages. Even so, just to save a file on a disk required a long string of text to be typed. Used first for wordprocessing, for over seven years the Commodore was used to plan the expenditure of the Libraries' book fund, providing managers with information on how much money had been spent and on what types of book. Today the Department has almost 100 computers, all many hundreds of times more powerful than the Commodore, and much more straightforward to use.
whole: 600 x 450 x 720 mm
Trends & Movement | Science & Technology
Museum of Croydon | Area 6 | Kiosk 1
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service