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Democracy and the Public Library

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 June 1946



I AM glad to give what support I can to the movement for improving and extending Scotland's library services. It is disappointing that Scotland should lag behind England and some other countries in a matter so important to a nation so dependent on the mental calibre and equipment of her sons and daughters. The lag is the more curious when one recalls that Carlyle (who declared that the best university is a collection of books) took the initiative in the founding of the London Library, and that Andrew Carnegie was the first millionaire to devote a large part of his fortune to the founding of public libraries.


POWER, W. (1946), "Democracy and the Public Library", Library Review, Vol. 10 No. 6, pp. 126-130.




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