A return to voluntary libraries

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December 15, 2011
Debbie and Carl
by Debbie Harbeson  
Posted in Commentary

"Religious institutions formed private voluntary libraries. Ben Franklin started a subscription library, The Library Company of Philadelphia. There were specialized libraries formed by various tradesmen groups. Hospitals had libraries and private schools had libraries. And let’s not forget the individual. After all, even if you own only one book, and loan it to a friend, you’ve just performed the same service that any other library does. So how did we end up with the government-funded entities we see today?" (12/14/11)


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