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The library : a world history

Author: James W P Campbell; Will Pryce
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A library is not just a collection of books, but also the buildings that house them. From the great dome of the Library of Congress, to the white facade of the Seinäjoki Library in Finland, the architecture of a library is a symbol of its time as well as of its builders' wealth, culture, and learning.
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W P Campbell; Will Pryce
ISBN: 9780226092812 022609281X
OCLC Number: 861759033
Description: 320 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Contents: Lost beginnings : libraries in the ancient world --
Cloisters, codices and chests : libraries in the Middle Ages --
Cupboards, chains and stalls : libraries in the sixteenth century --
Walls, domes and alcoves : libraries in the 17th century --
Angels, frescoes and secret doors : libraries in the 18th century --
Iron stacks, gaslights and card catalogues : libraries in the 19th century --
Electricity, concrete and steel : libraries in the 20th century --
The future of libraries in the electronic age.
Responsibility: James W.P. Campbell ; photographs by Will Pryce.

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A library is not just a collection of books, but also the buildings that house them. From the great dome of the Library of Congress, to the white facade of the Seinäjoki Library in Finland, the architecture of a library is a symbol of its time as well as of its builders' wealth, culture, and learning.

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