Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 October 2015

344 Pages | 20 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190248000

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Part of Our Lives

A People's History of the American Public Library

Wayne A. Wiegand

  • Brings to life library patrons' perspectives to argue that for many the public library's most important function is providing commonplace reading materials and public space
  • Challenges a professional ethos about public libraries and their responsibilities to fight censorship and defend intellectual freedom
  • Demonstrates that the American public library has been (with some notable exceptions) a place that welcomed newcomers, accepted diversity, and constructed community since the end of the 19th century