The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland: 1850-2000

Alistair Black (Editor), Peter Hoare (Editor)

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The Public Libraries Act of 1850 founded a tradition of public provision and service which continues today, and national and academic libraries have grown and multiplied accordingly. Libraries have become an industry rather than a localized phenomenon, and librarianship has developed from a scholarly craft to a scientific profession. The essays in this volume present a picture of great diversity, covering public, national, academic, subscription and private libraries. The users of libraries are an important part of their history and are considered here in detail, alongside the development of the library profession and the impact of new information technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages737
ISBN (Electronic)9781139055321
ISBN (Print)9780521780971
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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