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A Free Library in This City: The Illustrated History of the San Francisco Public Library

Wiley, Peter Booth

Weldon Owen
Published:May 1, 1996

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Description: From Library Journal
This lavishly illustrated book, handsome enough for the coffee table, was published for the dedication of San Francisco's New Main Library in April 1996. In it Wiley, a prominent local bookman, offers a gracefully readable history of the Bay Area's long struggle to provide library services, set within the context of its contentious and sometimes corrupt city government. The first 87 pages offer a general history of libraries, from ancient cultures up through the origins of American public libraries. From then on the book's focus is the politicking, financing, fundraising, and building of San Francisco's libraries. Intended for the general reader rather than for library historians; however, the later chapters serve as an instructive history of a major building campaign. Recommended. [See also Wiley's "An Act of Political Will: SF's Quest for a New Central Library," LJ April 15, p. 36-37.?Ed.]?Elizabeth Brice, Miami Univ. Lib., Oxford, Ohi.
-?Elizabeth Brice, Miami Univ. Lib., Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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