Trollope popped up outside the Central Library in Bristol at a time when Bristol’s library service is threatened with the closure of a number of libraries across the city. Public libraries, like public museums, are a reminder of the Victorian ethos which supported the idea of providing free or cheap access to culture to the working class. Philanthropy was a core value and it often took the form of endowments to support such institutions.
As such, Trollope would be in favour of retaining such services, now especially when the economic climate for many is so difficult.
In Bristol, economic cuts may see libraries close and there have been public protests such as the mass book borrowing described below. (Only in England could borrowing a library book be construed as an act of political revolt.)