Built-In Library. Costume of the Doctor. Nicolas de Larmessin II (1640-1725).
[Georg Henisch]. Bibliothecae incyltae reipud. Augustanae utriusque tum Graecae tum Latinae librorum & impressorum & manu exaratorum catalogus. Augsburg: Valentin Schonigk, 1600. Agenda chancery 4to.
FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND-EARLIEST CATALOGUE OF AN INSTITUTIONAL LIBRARY (following Petrus Bertius’sNomeclatorof Leyden University Library in 1595). The unacknowledged compiler was Augsburg city librarian since c. 1590 as well as editor of Greek texts (including Homer), physician and astronomer. It is clearly a superior piece of work, with an astonishingly accomplished index (arranged by first names) that accounts for authors of secondary texts, editors, etc.
via Christie’s archive
"There is only one way to obtain the desired end - to convince the public that they are getting value for their money. The utility of the public library must be visible to all men. It must be recognized as an indispensable element of culture, and it must be shown, which is unfortunately more difficult, that it is actually subserving this end, not only for a few persons here and there, but for a considerable portion of the population…."
Garnett, “Address to the Library Association”, Aberdeen, 1893.
"5) Going into public libraries and ordering feminist books particularly ones with stuff about the goddess and serious radical arguments in them. This has two effects as the government is trying to shut down libraries because not enough people are using them. It does not occur to them that most libraries are not designed to be comfortable congenial places where you can hang out and expand your mind in relaxed peace. Also you are expanding the availability of feminist literature to those who cannot afford to buy them. You could combine this with a post campaign."