Library Trends 14 (1) Summer 1965: Metropolitan Public Library Problems Around the World


Library Trends 14 (1) Summer 1965: Metropolitan Public Library Problems Around the World. Edited by H. C. Campbell.

Planning for the growth and development of public library systems in metropolitan areas anywhere in the world today is an exercise fraught with difficulties and few rewards. The conditions of urban life which have transformed the role and purpose of the public library in all great cities are only dimly understood by most local authorities, local library users, and local librarians caught up in a multitude of problems and changes. Such is the inescapable conclusion from reading the comments and appraisals of public library administrators as they describe the library situation in fourteen of the major cities of the world. This is probably to be expected, and is in fact no less than the common plight of all urban public services struggling in a fast changing world to reshape their institutions.

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