The Free Library: Its History and Present Condition

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G. Allen, 1897 - Libraries - 344 pages

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Page 114 - No one but he who has felt it can know the intense longing with which the arrival of Saturday was awaited, that a new book might be had. My brother and Mr. Phipps, who have been my principal business partners through life, shared with me Colonel Anderson's precious generosity, and it was when revelling in...
Page 176 - ... that it should contain those rare and costly works which are generally out of the reach of individual students and collectors, and which are not usually found in provincial or private libraries.
Page 129 - if any good or rare books shall be found amongst the said residue of my goods, which, by the discretion of the aforesaid Master William Lichfeld and Reginald Pecock, may seem necessary to the common library at Guildhall, for the profit of the students there, and those discoursing to the common people...
Page 30 - I have solved this difficulty by finding here to-day that the Manchester School is a great free school bent on carrying instruction to the poorest hearths.
Page 51 - ... and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fulness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us.
Page 113 - Colonel Anderson, of Allegheny — a name I can never speak without feelings of devotional gratitude — opened his little library of four hundred books to boys. Every Saturday afternoon he was in attendance at his house to exchange books.
Page 174 - Crowds of persons presented themselves for tickets, and so great was the excitement that for several weeks applicants had to wait upwards of an hour before their turn arrived to be attended to, as many as two hundred persons applying at one time.
Page 113 - The result of my own study of the question, What is the best gift that can be given to a community ? is that a free library occupies the first place, provided the community will accept and maintain it as a public institution, as much a part of the city property as its public schools, and, indeed, an adjunct to these.
Page 60 - The main raison d'etre of Free Public Libraries, as indeed of public museums, art-galleries, parks, halls, public clocks, and many other kinds of public works, is the enormous increase * " Contemporary Beview," March, 1881, voL sxxix., pp. 385-402. of utility which is thereby acquired for the community at a trifling cost.
Page 114 - No one but he who has felt it can ever know the intense longing with which the arrival of Saturday was awaited, that a new book might be had.

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