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978-0-8108-3724-9 • Paperback • July 1999 • $76.00 • (£58.00)
978-0-8108-7715-3 • eBook • July 1999 • $68.00 • (£52.00)
Michael H. Harris is professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky and author of 10 books and over 50 papers on library history. He currently serves on the editorial board of Library Quarterly.
I: Libraries in the Ancient World
1. The Origin of Libraries
2. Babylonian and Assyrian Libraries
3. Egyptian Libraries
4. Greek Libraries
5. Roman Libraries
II. Medieval Libraries
6. Byzantine and Moslem Libraries
7. Monastic and Cathedral Libraries
8. The Rise of the University, the Renaissance, the Invention of Printing, and the Growth of Libraries in Europe to 1500
III. Modern Library Development in the West
9. European Libraries; Expansion and Diversification to 1917
10. Libraries in America to 1950
11. Modern European Libraries
12. Modern American Libraries
About the author
Harris creates...understanding of the progression [of libraries and their continual adaptation] by placing these developments within the context of social and political climates. He doesn't overlook the influence of class and wealth on libraries, nor does he ignore contributions made by women and minority groups. It is a credit to Harris' writing that the book is spiced with excerpts, anecdotes, and wisdoms recorded by ancient and modern librarians. The updated bibliographies...extend its use beyond the covers...this well researched and long standing work on library history...[is] an essential purchase...
— Public Library Quarterly
This edition is a substantial revision of the 1976 version.
— Jal Guide To Professional Literature
...the best and most readable all-purpose survey history of western libraries that has ever been produced...
— Collection Management
...places developments in library history within a larger social context.
— JOURNAL OF INTERLIBRARY LOAN, DOCUMENT DELIVERY & INFORMATION SUPPLY
...the fact that it has reached a fourth edition suggests a life of some utility. There is little more to be said. The tour is conducted by a conventional guide well primed with dates, names, and (highly condensed) social background...
— Library Review
Themes are well identified and discussed: detail of places, persons and dates is provided in appropriate quantity. The chronological balance of the book is, as ever, a judicious one, with nearly half devoted to ancient and medieval libraries.
— Paul Sturges, Loughborough University