The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland 3 Volume Paperback Set
Part of the The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland series
This is the first detailed scholarly history of libraries in Britain and Ireland, first published in 2006.
It aims to provide a panorama of the great variety of libraries since the medieval period, setting them in their social and cultural contexts and interpreting their role as it has changed over time.
Libraries of all kinds are included, from monastic libraries and other manuscript collections to the modern world of electronic information.
Special attention is given to the purposes of libraries - in education, for professional use, for religious purposes and of course for leisure and general reading.
Large libraries and small are covered, with examples from all over the British Isles of how needs have been met.
Each volume includes an extensive bibliography of sources and secondary works.