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A picture of the facade of Central Library in Washingto DC. The ornate building has three arched windows, an American flag on top, a door with a canvas over the top, sculpted figures atop the doorway and near the roof who are holidng books. The building also has these etchings in large letters: Science. Poetry. History. This building a gift of Andrew Carnegie. Washington Public Library. Dedicated to the diffusion of knoweldge." People walk and read on the steps leading to the door.
Central Library, District of Columbia Public Library, c.1915-1930. Courtesy DC Public Library, Washingtoniana Division. http://digdc.dclibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16808coll11/id/170/rec/14 Read Katherine Monroe’s essay on the history of the Central Public Library’s history in our Library Chronicles column.

Welcome to LHRT News and Notes, the official blog of the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association.

Our blog includes news about the Round Table’s conferences, calls for papers, award announcements, and other items of interest from the world of library history.

Recently, the blog also began featuring “notes”—short, informal essays about the people, themes, and collections in the history of libraries.

I encourage you to consider submitting a news item or an essay to LHRT News and Notes.  The blog considers submissions from anyone, whether or not they are part of LHRT.  Students at all levels, faculty, librarians, historians, and anyone with something to say about library history are all encouraged to submit.

Join our conversations about the fascinating history of libraries!  —Editor, Brett Spencer

Kirby Library, showing oak furniture and book stacks.
Kirby Library at Lafayette College today. The Library preserves many of the same artifacts and architecture of the 1930s.  Read A Short History of Kirby Library by Ms. Ana Ramirez Luhrs in our Library Chronicles column to find out about the Library’s pioneering role in civil rights.  Image courtesy of Ms. Luhrs.
A truck with shelves of books in the back area.
Photograph of the exterior of the Akron Public Library, Akron 8, bookmobile in Ohio (1950).  Courtesy of American Library Association Archives.
Actor
Actor “Mr. T.” tells library patrons how reading can influence their lives (1983). Courtesy of American Library Association Archives.
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