public libraries: a fragile history

I am posting a review of The library: a fragile history, written by Professor Pettegree and fellow historian Arthur der Weduwen about the fascinating history of how public libraries came to be.

One of the photos in the review reminds me of stepping into the State Hall of the National Library of Austria in Vienna, absolutely stunned by the absolute beauty of this Baroque library hall. A memorable visit in 2015 when I tried to not cough (I was terribly unwell with the flu) in the quietness of ancient books and visitors shuffling around.

I am so proud to be a part-time librarian, offering the community a priceless source of knowledge, learning and refuge.