text Part of our lives : a people's history of the American public library

"Despite dire predictions in the late twentieth century that public libraries would not survive the turn of the millennium, their numbers have only increased. Two of three Americans frequent a public library at least once a year, and nearly that m... Read more
Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction -- 1. 'Improv'd the General Conversation of Americans': Social Libraries Before 1854 -- 2. For 'Plain People': The American Public Library,1854-1876 -- 3. 'The Best Reading for the Greatest Number a... Read more
331 pages ; 26 cm
Oxford University Press 2015

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