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Describes the efforts of Andrew Carnegie to build public libraries as a way of improving community life in Pittsburgh and other places.
Empire State Editions, an imprint of Fordham University Press
"A history of public libraries in New York City before the founding of the New York Public Library. Most of these libraries were accessible through a membership or an annual subscription. Explores the private and public purposes of public libraries before the advent of tax-supported public libraries"-- "This lively, nuanced history of New York City's early public libraries traces their evolution within the political, social, and cultural worlds that...
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