A Digital Exhibition of the History of U.S. Public Libraries

The United States has a long-running respect and tradition when it comes to public libraries. Libraries came about as an answer to the Enlightenment era, when science, reading, and learning found significance in much of the western world. Access to books was difficult for most people pre-Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin, along with members of his free-thinking Junto club, established the Library Company for members- a starting point toward the eventual public library system. This system provided jobs for women and public access to knowledge.

Digital Public Library of America curated an online exhibition called “A History of US Public Libraries“. This exhibit gives an overview of how libraries came to be and their place alongside American history with uploaded documents and photos. See the story here.

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