- 'The medicine chest of the soul.'
Inscription over the door of the library at Thebes
- I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was
not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true
architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child
whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open
door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful
that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.
- If it is noticed that much of my outside work concerns itself with
libraries, there is an extremely good reason for this. I think that the
better part of my education, almost as important as that secured in the
schools and the universities, came from libraries.
- My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When
I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building
and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to
knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was
- There is a growing view, however, that the strands of community life
are unravelling - violence, alcohol and drug use, crime, alienation,
degradation of the political process, and ineffectual social
institutions are increasingly accepted as inevitable. Computers and
communication technology are often touted as saviours of the modern age,
but the benefits of the 'computer revolution' are unevenly distributed
and the lack of access to communication technology contributes to the
widening gulf between socioeconomic classes.
D. Schulder, Community Networks, 1994
- Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly
knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely
- Less than 1 per cent of Britain's MPs have e-mail. As of last
November, 80 per cent of all US members of Congress had Web pages.
Slate, May 1997
- I do miss [politics] sometimes, I actually miss sitting in Roehampton
library on a Saturday afternoon trying to help people sort out their
David Mellor, 1997
- Libraries gave us power,
Then work came and made us free
'Design for Life', The Manic Street Preachers
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