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Books, buildings and social engineering : early public libraries in Britain from past to present

Author: Alistair Black; Simon Pepper; Kaye Bagshaw
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An important influence on the cultural and educational life of the country, British public libraries began to be supported by local taxation in 1850 but their buildings now represent a difficult  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alistair Black; Simon Pepper; Kaye Bagshaw
ISBN: 9780754672074 0754672077 9780754690917 0754690911
OCLC Number: 276514861
Description: xix, 465 pages : illustrations, plans ; 26 cm
Contents: Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part 1 Contexts: The public library and society, 1850-1939: Periodisation, social control and social engineering. Part 2 Periods of Public Library Design: Pioneer public library buildings, 1850-1883; Public library buildings in the age of serial philanthropy, 1883-1914; Modernism and the public library between the wars. Part 3 Thematic Studies: Readers help themselves: the open access revolution; Children's libraries; The library as monument and machine. Part 4 The Past in the Present: New for old?; Conclusion; Appendix; Select bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Alistair Black, Simon Pepper and Kaye Bagshaw.
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