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The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (3 Volume Hardback Set)
     

The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (3 Volume Hardback Set)

by Cambridge University Press
 

This is the first detailed scholarly history of libraries in Britain and Ireland, first published in 2006. It aims to provide a panorama of the great variety of libraries since the medieval period, setting them in their social and cultural contexts and interpreting their role as it has changed over time. Libraries of all kinds are included, from monastic libraries

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This is the first detailed scholarly history of libraries in Britain and Ireland, first published in 2006. It aims to provide a panorama of the great variety of libraries since the medieval period, setting them in their social and cultural contexts and interpreting their role as it has changed over time. Libraries of all kinds are included, from monastic libraries and other manuscript collections to the modern world of electronic information. Special attention is given to the purposes of libraries - in education, for professional use, for religious purposes and of course for leisure and general reading. Large libraries and small are covered, with examples from all over the British Isles of how needs have been met. Each volume includes an extensive bibliography of sources and secondary works.

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"One will not find another set that looks at all kinds of libraries (private, professional, national, school and more) from medieval times to the present. Therefore, the Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland is an important purchase for library science graduate programs. It may also be a good addition for academic libraries supporting coursework in British cultural history." —American Reference Books Annual

"...anyone who is fascinated by library history will want to dip into these three hefty volumes tracing the evolution of British and Irish libraries from the cloister closets of the Middle Ages to the increasingly virtual environment of today..."
—Mary Ellen Quinn, Librarians's Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521858083
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2006
Series:
Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
2072
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 5.24(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hoare is former University Librarian at the University of Nottingham and General Editor of the Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland.

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