The Library: An Illustrated History

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Sign In Forgot password? Don't have an account? Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Cole is the Library's official historian, and has served the Library since , meaning that he has worked under four Librarians; L.

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Billington, and, most recently, Carla D. He was Director of the Center for the Book from its establishment in , becoming the first official historian in Consequently, his knowledge of books and of the role of the library over a period of fifty years, is unrivalled, and this knowledge comes through in the pages of this book. I would not label this book a "history", however; it is not a continuous narrative account of the development of the Library, but a chronology, interspersed with short essays.

The chronology entries vary in extent, from one or two lines to length paragraphs, and often draw to one's attention to unexpected details. For example,. About a dozen short essays deal with various incidents, developments or people. For example, concerning the introduction of legal deposit, the move from catalogue cards to computers, the building of the Annex, and the work of bibliographer Daniel Murray.