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By Edwards, Edward

A huge determine within the institution of loose libraries within the uk, Edward Edwards (1812-1886) wrote this examine, first released in 1869, as a guide meant for promoters and bosses of unfastened city libraries. The ebook outlines the formation and workings of public libraries, starting with British examples and continuing to match the British event with libraries in another country, particularly in the US. Edwards offers powerful facts of the expanding quantity, and enhancing administration, of libraries at the moment, and likewise stresses the strikingly varied conditions below which libraries within the uk and out of the country have been verified. the amount is a crucial historic rfile in library experiences, and a sworn statement to Edwards' dedication and contribution to the loose library move which were an thought to later generations librarians.

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And the postponed building is likely to be better planned, with the advantage of experience to start with, on the points of requirement and methods of working. At Liverpool, the Free Library did much and good work in a common dwelling house in Dale Street, whilst time, thought, and means, were ripening for the magnificent building in William-Brown Street. At Manchester, more than £7,000 (out of a preliminary fund of £13,000) was expended in acquiring, adapting, and fitting up in the years 1851 and 1852, a very poor and very inadequate edifice.

Functions and Composition of Town Councils—Changes in the Legislation affecting Corporations—Preliminaries necessary to the adoption of one or other of the existing Libraries' Acts—The Public Meeting under the Act of 1866—Expediency or Inexpediency of endeavouring to establish a Free Library before Polling the Burgesses—Appointment of the Library Committee—Indirect Results of Recent Permissive Legislation —Choice and Qualifications of a Librarian—Expenditure—Levy of the Maximum Parliamentary Rate.

I, pp. 777-792) I may, perhaps, be permitted to refer the reader. In the present volume a glance at the results is all that seems needful. The new matter is far too abundant to permit of more than very brief retrospective glances. The inquiry of 1849-50 established, most conclusively, these four facts : (1) That the provision, within the United Kingdom, of Libraries publicly accessible was in extreme disproportion to its wealth and to its resources; (2) That on the part of the public at large there was a wide-spread and growing conviction that more Public Libraries were needed, and would be largely used; and that no such provision was likely to be made unless some new facilities and new machinery were provided by the Legislature ; (3) That an employment, for the custody, control, and general administration of new Town Libraries, of the existing municipal or quasi-municipal bodies seemed to offer the best machinery for the purpose which could then be proposed to Parliament; (4) That the regulations of many existing Libraries stood in great need of revisal, in order to make them more liberal, and the Libraries more widely useful; and also that amongst the Libraries whose regulations stood most LIBRARIES AND MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.

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