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4.0 out of 5 stars Well illustrated, informative history of libraries, April 5, 2012
This review is from: The Library: An Illustrated History (Paperback)
This well illustrated book provides a fascinating history of the library, from ancient times to the present. The author provides a multifaceted look at libraries throughout history, discussing: (1) the origins of libraries; (2) the development and evolution of libraries over the centuries; (3) the cultural and national differences of libraries; and (4) the various roles and functions of libraries in society. The book's numerous illustrations effectively supplement the text by providing visual information that helps readers to better understand and see the things discussed and described in the text.

The book is generally readable and very informative. You do not have to be knowledgeable about libraries or library science to read and understand it. The book provides a good introduction to the history of libraries and library science, but probably would be too basic for readers looking for a detailed or technical history of libraries and library science.

Readers who find this book interesting, may wish to take a look at Ian F. McNeely and Lisa Wolverton, Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet (W.W. Norton & Co., 2008), which explores the history of knowledge and has a chapter on libraries.
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