The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland: The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland 3 Volume Paperback Set
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The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland: The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland 3 Volume Paperback Set

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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107650190
Number of pages: 2060
Weight: 2720 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 109 mm


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'The global view of libraries and librarianship is typical of all three volumes. So, too, is the excellent bibliography and index ... this is the most academic, with an extremely high quality of scholarship ... This book is the starting point for all research into early British library history, informative in itself and directing readers further.' Rare Books Newsletter
'Volume 1 is, in scope and detail, a thoroughly documented and illustrated account of collections of books wholly unlike what we have come to regard as a library. ... CHLB is without a doubt a major contribution to library history.' The Library
"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

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