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    South San Francisco Public Library

    South San Francisco Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: South San Francisco Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: South San Francisco Public Library Central Library
    The South San Francisco Public Library is located in South San Francisco, California. It is an independent city library and part of the Peninsula Library System, a consortium of city, county, and community college libraries in San Mateo County. The library holds approximately 166,000 volumes and has 29,000 borrowers. In the fiscal year 2007-2008, the library circulated 687,000 items. The library offers a number of services to the public including homebound delivery, numerous children’s programs, a literacy program, a community learning center, 77 public computers, and free Wi-Fi access. In 1914, local teacher Rue Clifford rode through town on horseback collecting petition signatures in support of creating a local public library. In 1916, Andrew Carnegie provided funding and building plans for construction of the Grand Avenue library. In 1966, the new city library on West Orange Avenue opened to the public. The Grand Avenue library became the city’s branch library. In 1998, the Community Learning Center, a new service of the library and collaborating agencies serving youth and adults, opened. The library has three locations: The library offers current, high-demand, and high-interest
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    Clark County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Clark County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Clark County Public Library Central Library
    Clark County Public Library is the public library of Clark County, Ohio, United States. It is based in Springfield, Ohio and has a collection of approximately 500,000 items. The Clark County Public Library traces its beginnings to the Springfield Lyceum in 1841 in Springfield, Ohio. Various short-lived library associations followed and the library found a more permanent home on the second floor of Black's Opera House. The library housed 3,300 volumes when it opened to the public at this location in 1872. As patronage and the collection expanded, the need for yet another move set in and the library relocated in 1877 to the second floor of the Union Hall Building, which was situated on what is today Fountain Avenue. Local entrepreneur Benjamin Warder gave the library a new location on the corner of High Street in 1890, with a building constructed in memory of his parents and dedicated to the people of Springfield. This location now houses the Warder Literacy Center. Library service continued to expand and grow at this new location. The year 1936 saw the library's first bookmobile service to the area, with a homemade trailer that could carry 500 books. The 1950s and 1960s brought
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    7 votes
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    Noel Wien Public Library

    The Noel Wien Public Library, operated by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. It has a branch library in North Pole, Alaska. Its current director is Greg Hill, who also writes a regular column for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The library has more than 100,000 titles in its collections. It is the second-largest library in the Fairbanks area after the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The library was named after Alaskan aviator Noel Wien and its main branch stands on the site of Weeks Field, Fairbanks' original airport. The original public library in Fairbanks was the George C. Thomas Memorial Library, which was constructed in 1909 to replace the reading room in St. Matthew's Episcopal Mission. Funding for the 1909 structure was given a boost by George C. Thomas of Philadelphia, who also donated $1,000 a year for three years to buy books. In 1942, St. Matthew's deeded the lot, building, and collections to the city of Fairbanks. In 1949 a fire destroyed one-third of the collections, but through subsequent donations the library grew to more than 4,000 volumes. In 1967 the library again lost many of its books due to the
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    Greater Sudbury Public Library

    The Greater Sudbury Public Library is a public library in Sudbury, Ontario. The library has 13 branches throughout the city. The main branch is called "Mackenzie" and it is located on Mackenzie Street in the city's downtown core. Additional branches are located in the communities of Azilda, Capreol, Chelmsford, Coniston, Copper Cliff, Dowling, Garson, Hanmer, Lively, Lo-Ellen, New Sudbury and Onaping. The largest library in the City of Greater Sudbury is the Mackenzie Library Main Branch. It provides access to bilingual business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, and a vast selection of books. The Reference Collection also has three special collections in its lower level: Genealogy, the Mary C. Shantz Local History Collection, and Canadian Legal Materials.
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    7 votes
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    Marathon County Public Library

    Marathon County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Marathon County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Marathon County Public Library Central Library
    The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) is a nine-library system that serves Marathon County, Wisconsin, U.S.A. This title is also often used to refer to the MCPL - Wausau Headquarters, which is located at 300 North First Street in Wausau, Wisconsin. In addition to its headquarters in Wausau, MCPL's eight branch libraries are located in Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, and Stratford. The Marathon County Public Library was founded in April 1907 on the site of the MCPL - Wausau Headquarters, but it was known as the Wausau Free Public Library at that time. As of 2007, the Marathon County Public Library system serves a population of 126,031 people, with 72,347 active library card-holders in Marathon County alone. (Any Wisconsin resident may obtain a library card through MCPL.) Its collection contains 313,008 books, 29,703 audio and video materials, 607 magazine and newspaper titles in print, access to thousands of magazines and newspapers electronically, and 247 art prints. The Marathon County Public Library operates in cooperation with the Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS), a regional library consortium consisting of 25 public and 212 non-public
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    5 votes
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    San Antonio Public Library

    San Antonio Public Library

    • Central Library: San Antonio Public Library Main Branch
    The San Antonio Public Library is a collection of a Central Library and 24 branch libraries (as of the fall of 2008) that serve the city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. The library serves other municipalities in the area, including Alamo Heights, Hill Country Village, and Olmos Park. The Central Library is a 240,000-square-foot (22,000 m), six-story structure that opened in 1995 in Downtown San Antonio. It is easily recognized by its bright-colored, striking "Mexican Modernist" design. The primary color of the building's exterior is commonly referred to as "Enchilada Red." The architect for the building was selected by a design competition held by the city in July 1991. The winning design is by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in partnership with Sprinkle Robey Architects and Johnson-Dempsey & Associates of San Antonio. Unique features of the library include a multi-story, bright yellow atrium and several outdoor plazas with landscaping and fountains intended to be used as outdoor reading rooms. In Legorreta's own words: "I wanted to break the concept that libraries are imposing." The library was financed through a $28 million bond to build a new Central
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    6 votes
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    Ayer Public Library

    Ayer Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Ayer Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Ayer Public Library Central Library
    The Ayer Library is a public library in Ayer, Massachusetts.
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    5 votes
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    Guam Public Library System

    Guam Public Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Guam Public Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Guam Public Library System Central Library
    Guam Public Library System (Chamorru: Sisteman Laibirihan Pupbleko Guåhan) is the public library system of the United States territory of Guam. The main library is the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library at 254 Martyr Street in the village of Hagåtña. Branches:
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    5 votes
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    Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

    Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

    The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library is a branch of the Denver Public Library in Denver, Colorado, in the United States that serves the Five Points neighborhood. It is also a research library with collections focusing on the history of African Americans in Denver and the American West. The library was conceived by Denver's first African American mayor, Wellington Webb, and his wife Wilma Webb, who observed that the history of African-Americans in Denver and the American West was under-represented. The library was envisioned in 1999 and designated the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in honor of Omar Blair, the first black president of the Denver school board, and Elvin Caldwell, the first black city council member. Ground breaking occurred in early 2002. The 40,000 square foot library contains three floors: The first level is a full-service branch library of the Denver Public Library with an entry gallery and exhibition and coffee bar areas; conference, meeting, and study rooms; and a collection of more than 35,000 books, magazines, and audiovisual materials in English and Spanish. The second level houses collection archives and a research library
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    6 votes
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    Central Library, Aberdeen

    Central Library, Aberdeen

    The Central Library of Aberdeen in Scotland is located on Rosemount Viaduct and is the main library for the city. The library is housed in a category C(S) listed building. It cost £10,000 to build and was publicly funded through local campaigning that began in 1889. It was opened 5 July 1892 by Andrew Carnegie after he and his wife contributed £2000 to the construction process. The library contains large collections of local maps, over 15,000 photographs, birth and death records and a collection of local newspapers. Much of the library's stock is held on microfilm.
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    6 votes
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    Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

    The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County serves the communities of Mahoning County, Ohio from its administrative offices in Youngstown, Ohio with 15 branches in the cities of Campbell, Canfield, Greenford, Lake Milton, North Jackson, Poland, Sebring, New Middletown, and Struthers.The Public library also has a branch called "Special Delivery" which sends books to disabled persons. Mahoning County is located 65 miles southeast of Cleveland, Ohio and 62 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2005, the library loaned more than 1.8 million items to its 122,000 cardholders. . Total holdings are over 686,000 volumes with over 1,100 periodical subscriptions The Library has many electronic resources, including online databases provided by Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and e-book/audio book lending services. Also at all branches there are computers to use, but only in certain locations are there color printing. Copiers are available also.
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    6 votes
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    Arcola Carnegie Public Library

    The Arcola Carnegie Public Library is a public library in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located in the Douglas County city of Arcola. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been listed on the Register since 2002. Besides the library, the only other Registered Historic Place in the county is the Streibich Blacksmith Shop in Newman, Illinois.
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    4 votes
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    San Diego County Library

    • Central Library: San Diego County Library
    The San Diego County Library is a public library system serving San Diego County in the U.S. state of California. Any person living in the state is eligible for a free library card. During the 2009–2010 fiscal year, the library circulated over 10 million materials and had over 641,276 members. During the 2009–2010 fiscal year the San Diego County Library had 33 branches and two bookmobiles; circulated over 10.7 million books, CDs, DVDs, and other material formats; recorded 5.7 million visits to library branches and hosted 21,132 library programs. The San Diego County Library is one of the 25 busiest libraries in the United States as measured by materials circulated. Despite budget cuts, the County library system has increased hours of operation. The San Diego County Library circulates a variety of materials, including books, DVDs, compact discs, downloadable audiobooks, video games and magazines. The library carries materials in a variety of languages. Books can be borrowed from the County library through the San Diego City Library system. In 2007, the San Diego County Library joined The San Diego Circuit, a consortium of libraries that includes San Diego State University, UC San
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Saint Louis Public Library

    Saint Louis Public Library

    • Central Library: SLPL Central Library
    The St. Louis Public Library is a municipal public library system in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It operates sixteen locations, including the main Central Library location. Although similarly named, the St. Louis Public Library is unrelated to the St. Louis County Library system. The library was founded as a members-only private library in 1865 with a collection of 1,500 books. It was opened to the public in 1874 and reestablished as a publicly-supported free lending library in 1893-94, by which time the collection included 90,000 books. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie made a large donation which was used for expansion, including building the current central library. By 1938 the collection included 900,000 items, and by 2011, 4,600,000 items. The St. Louis Public Library operates sixteen libraries, including the main Central Library building. Branches include Baden, Barr, Buder, Cabanne, Carondelet (closed for renovation as of 2011), Carpenter, Central Express, Charing Cross, Julia Davis, Divoli, Kingshighway, Machacek, Marketplace, Schlafly, and Walnut Park. In addition to the Central Library building, Barr, Cabanne, Carpenter and Carondelet branch buildings were Carnegie
    8.75
    4 votes
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    San Diego Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: San Diego Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: San Diego Public Library Central Library
    The San Diego Public Library is a public library system serving the city of San Diego, California. The San Diego Public Library was established on May 19, 1882, by an elected board of library trustees. The first location was rented space in the Commercial Bank building at Fifth and G streets, and the new library opened its doors to the public for the first time on July 15, 1882. San Diego was the first city west of the Mississippi River to receive a Carnegie Library grant. The grant was received in 1899 and the library built in 1902. The library moved to Eighth and E streets where the new Carnegie Library was constructed. In 1952, the Carnegie Library was demolished and a new Central Library was opened at the same location on June 27, 1954. Over the years, many branch libraries have also been opened throughout the City. In 2010, construction began on a new Central Library in downtown San Diego. It's scheduled to open in 2013. The San Diego Public Library system currently consists of the Central Library, 35 branch libraries, and an adult literacy program office (READ/San Diego). Library cards are free to applicants who reside within the state of California or own property in the
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    4 votes
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    Grace A. Dow Memorial Library

    Grace A. Dow Memorial Library

    • Branch Libraries: Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Central Library
    The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is a public library located at 1710 W St Andrews in Midland, Michigan, U.S.A. The library serves Midland County, and is named after the wife of Herbert Henry Dow (founder of the Dow Chemical Company), Grace A. Dow. The building is adjacent to both the Midland Center for the Arts and Dow Gardens. The library has geographical coordinates of 43°37′33″N 84°14′53″W / 43.625747°N 84.248056°W / 43.625747; -84.248056. The library traces its history back to 1899 as a private library with an annual subscription fee of one dollar. In 1915, it was placed under the control of the city of Midland. In 1953, the current building was completed in construction, and was renamed after Grace A. Dow who had recently died. Alden B. Dow, the son of Grace and Herbert Dow, designed and dedicated the building. The Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is an organization that raises money for the library through book sales. The building is also home to the studios and offices of Midland Community Television, the Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channel for Midland, which cablecasts four stations (including MPS TV) on channels 3, 5, 15 and 17
    8.25
    4 votes
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    Peterborough Public Library

    Peterborough Public Library

    The Peterborough Public Library serves the community of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Located near the Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough has a population of approximately 75,000. The Main Library is a full service library with a well-stocked current circulating collection of books, CD audio books, CD-Music, DVDs and magazines. In addition to encyclopedias and dictionaries, the Reference Collection includes a local history collection, government documents, electronic resources and microforms selected to answer the information needs of the community. Any additional material can be obtained from other libraries and for those who are unable to come to the library, shut-in services are offered. Programs such as reading clubs are also available for the public to join. Access to the Internet is possible via the library's workstations. Visit the Children's Department for storytime programs, play a game on one of the computers, or just grab a good book to read. List of services: Information and reference services, Access to full text databases, Community information, Internet access, Reader's advisory services, Programs for children and youtha and adults, Delivery to homebound individuals,
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    4 votes
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    Scott County Library System

    Scott County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Scott County Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Scott County Library System Central Library
    The Scott County Library System is the oldest library system in the State of Iowa. The library system's mission has been "to make available library materials and information in a variety of formats to people of all ages." The System is headquartered in Eldridge, Iowa, with branch locations in: Blue Grass, Buffalo, Durant, Princeton, and Walcott. Before the Scott County Library system was established, a bookmobile went into operation on a voluntary basis. The Scott County Bookmobile, Inc. was organized June 16, 1947 and was dedicated as a memorial to students, educators and service men on October 3. Edna Spies served as the president, driver, and librarian of the organization until the March 1950; the original bookmobile was a retrofitted school bus. In 1948, Scott County voters agreed to a request for tax support establishing a countywide library system. A headquarters was opened in January 1950 in the Eckermann Implement building in downtown Eldridge, with the intention that it would serve the bookmobile. The 25-by-52-square-foot space functioned as a library, and a garage was constructed for the bookmobile. Three months after the library opened, 4,000 books had been received and
    8.25
    4 votes
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    South central library system

    South central library system

    The South Central Library System (SCLS) is a consortium of 53 public libraries in 7 Wisconsin counties: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, and Wood. The mission of the South Central Library System is to help its 53 member libraries provide the best possible service to the public. SCLS serves libraries in these communities, as well as the Dane County Library Service:
    8.25
    4 votes
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    Escondido Public Library

    Escondido Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Escondido Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Escondido Public Library Central Library
    The Escondido Public Library is a public library system serving the city of Escondido, which is situated in San Diego County, California. The collection of the library contains 275,000 volumes, circulates 750,000 items per year and serves a population of 147,500 residents. The library system consists of the Main Branch, the East Valley Branch is now closed, Pioneer Room, Career Center, and a bookmobile. The library has been serving Escondido since 1894 when it was a private library located in the small building which now sits in Grape Day Park. In 1898, the City of Escondido took over this library's operation, making the library a City-funded department. With Andrew Carnegie funds and a gift of land, a new library was built in 1910 on Kalmia and Third Avenue. In 1956, because of limited space to serve a community of over 6,000, a new library building, now the Mathes Center, was constructed on the same spot. By 1980, Escondido had grown to 67,000 persons and the library incorporated children's and audiovisual services. Through the efforts of its trustees and City officials, revenue-sharing funds were set aside for a new facility. Library operations were moved in December 1980 into
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    3 votes
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    Conrad Sulzer Regional Library

    Conrad Sulzer Regional Library

    Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, formerly Hild Regional Library, is one of two regional libraries in the Chicago Public Library system in Chicago. It was named for Conrad Sulzer, a 19th century Swiss settler in what was then Lakeview Township. The library is located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood at 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. It is a full-service library and ADA compliant. As with all libraries in the Chicago Public Library system, it has free Wi-Fi internet service. The current building was designed in 1985 by the architectural firm of Hammond Beeby and Babka, now known as Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, Inc. It utilizes a German neo-classical style inspired by the prominent German-American local culture and the German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The same firm also designed the Harold Washington Library. Sulzer houses custom made furniture in a German mythological theme. It was a replacement for the Frederick H. Hild Regional Library, which now is home to a branch of the Old Town School of Folk Music. Alderman Eugene Schulter was instrumental in getting funding and the political support for the library. It was opened to the public in the fall of 1985. In 2001, books from
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    4 votes
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    Liverpool Central Library

    Liverpool Central Library

    Liverpool Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in Liverpool, England, situated in the centre of the city. The library is located in several adjoining historic buildings on the city's historic William Brown Street. The library's first building was the William Brown Library and Museum building which was completed in 1860 and which it has always shared with the city's museum, now known as World Museum Liverpool. The library was then extended further to the right with the addition in 1879 of the Picton Reading Room and to the rear with the Hornby Library in 1906. All three of these buildings are Grade II* listed buildings and are built in a classical style similar to other buildings on the street. In May 2008 it was announced that some of the complex of buildings that hold the Central Library will be demolished and replaced with modern buildings suitable for use with modern IT services. The historic buildings in the complex will be refurbished to provide modern facilities. In October 2009 the proposed rebuild was shown to the public. The main library building on William Brown Street closed on 23 July 2010, while it is closed a temporary service will operate from next door
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Surrey Public Library

    Surrey Public Library is a municipal public library system serving Surrey, British Columbia and the surrounding Lower Mainland. Surrey Public Library has services and programs for patrons of all ages. Prior to 1983, Surrey was a member of the Fraser Valley Regional Library. In 1982, Surrey held a referendum on the withdrawal from FVRL, which passed. On March 17, 1983, Surrey began operating as an independent municipal library. The Surrey Public Library includes the Newton branch, which was awarded the Governor General's Award for architecture in 1994. The Semiahmoo branch, which opened in 2004, was the first LEED certified public library in Canada. Surrey provides patrons with books, music CDs, CDROMs, books on tape/CD, databases, videos, DVDs, magazines, reference books, newspapers and e-books. Library material is available in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The database collection include Alldata (mechanical - Guildford only), Novellist, Press Display, and Worldbook online. The library has nine branches: City Centre Library was designed by Bing Thom Architects. The library
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Westchester Library System

    The Westchester Library System (WLS) is the library system for the citizens of Westchester County, New York. It was established in 1958. The system is made up of 38 libraries across the county and its headquarters are located in the Town of Greenburgh, near Tarrytown. The Westchester Library System (WLS) is a state-chartered, cooperative library system serving all 38 Westchester member public libraries and the county's citizens. As one of the 23 public library systems serving New York State's public libraries, the Westchester Library System was established in 1958. The mission of the Westchester Library System is to enhance and improve the County's libraries, and to ensure that all residents have excellent library service regardless of their location. A 15-member board of trustees, elected by the trustees of the member libraries, is the governing body of the System. Regular Board Meetings are generally held the last Tuesday of each month, excluding July & August, at 6 pm at the WLS Headquarters. The exact dates of the meetings can be obtained by inquiring the System at 914-674-3600. Listed below are some of the important services offered: Books, videos, recordings, and other
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    Fort Worth Library

    Fort Worth Library

    • Branch Libraries: Fort Worth Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Fort Worth Public Library Central Library
    Fort Worth Library is the public library system that serves the city of Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Public Libraries consist of 12 branches including the central library, two regional libraries, and two satellite branches throughout the city. In April 1892, 20 women formed the idea for the city's first library while meeting at the home of Jenny Scheuber. Under the Fort Worth Public Library Association, this association received its state charter and with the financial support from Andrew Carnegie they brought the Fort Worth Public Library into existence. Carnegie donated building funds for the construction of more than 2,000 libraries in the United States and from 1886 to 1919 he donated $56 million. Carnegie suggested to the founding women that they ask the local gentlemen for "the price of a good cigar" to help raise the necessary local supporting funds. When the City Council approved spending $4,000 per year to run the library, Carnegie contributed $50,000 for the building. The Carnegie Public Library of Fort Worth opened on October 17, 1901, at Ninth and Throckmorton streets. Fort Worth's Central Library expansion officially opened October 22, 1999. On March 28, 2000 the
    9.00
    3 votes
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    Enoch Pratt Free Library

    Enoch Pratt Free Library

    • Branch Libraries: Waverly Branch Library
    • Central Library: Enoch Pratt Central Library
    The Enoch Pratt Free Library is the public library system of Baltimore, Maryland. Its Central Library occupies the eastern half of a city block bounded by Franklin Street to the north, Cathedral Street to the east, Mulberry Street to the south and Park Avenue to the west. The flagship of the system, it was designated the State Library Resource Center by the Maryland General Assembly in 1971. The system also includes twenty-two branches each located throughout the city. Its establishment began on January 21, 1882 when philanthropist Enoch Pratt offered a gift of a central library, four branch libraries and a financial endowment of US $1,058,333 to Mayor William Pinkney Whyte and the City Council. His intention was to establish a library that "shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who, when properly accredited, can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them." The grant was accepted by the civic government and approved by voters later that year on October 25. The original Central Library building opened on January 5, 1886. Part of Pratt's donation to the city, it was originally valued at approximately $250,000. It occupied a
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Jacksonville Public Library

    • Central Library: JPL Main Library
    The Jacksonville Public Library is the public library system of Jacksonville, Florida. It primarily serves Jacksonville and Duval County, and is also used by the neighboring Baker, Nassau, Clay, and St. Johns Counties. It is one of the largest library systems in the Florida, with a collection of over three million items. A division of the city government, the library has the third largest group of city employees after the city's Fire Department and Sheriff's Office. There are twenty branches and a Main Library in the system. Located downtown near City Hall and Heming Plaza, the Main Library opened in November 2005, replacing the Haydon Burns Library. Designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern, the new library is almost three times the size of the Haydon Burns building. The North Laura facility is 300,000 square feet (28,000 m) with the capacity to hold one million books. A 600-space parking garage across from the library building on Duval Street makes the Main Library easily accessible. State-of-the-art technology offers 250 public computers, satellite, and video conferencing capabilities with infrastructure to support future technologies. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter
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    4 votes
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    University of California, Berkeley Library System

    University of California, Berkeley Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Doe Memorial Library
    • Central Library: Doe Memorial Library
    The University of California, Berkeley's 32 constituent and affiliated libraries together make it the fourth largest university library by number of volumes in the United States, surpassed only by the libraries of Harvard, Yale, and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. As of 2006, Berkeley's library system contains over 10 million volumes and maintains over 70,000 serial titles. The libraries together cover over 12 acres (49,000 m) of land and compose one of the largest library complexes in the world. In 2003, the Association of Research Libraries ranked it as the top public and third overall university library in North America based on various statistical measures of quality. Charles Franklin Doe was the benefactor of the main library. The Doe Memorial Library, built in 1910, originally housed the main collections. A strictly Beaux-Arts Classical building, it was designed by campus architect John Galen Howard as one of the original structures in the "Athens of the West" campus plan. The library was meant to be the first building students and visitors saw when entering the university, although today most students enter from the opposite side at Sproul Plaza. Most of the
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Thunder Bay Public Library

    Thunder Bay Public Library

    The Thunder Bay Public Library serves the citizens of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and surrounding areas. The library got its start when the Port Arthur Library opened a Mechanics' Institute in the schoolhouse in 1876. Membership fees were $20.00 for life or $2.00 per year. The present building at 285 Red River Road opened on June 1, 1951 as the Port Arthur Public Library. Library services for Fort William began in 1885 when Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) employees opened a bath, along with a smoking and literary room, with a library attached in the Round House at West Fort William. Fees were $1.25 per year for CPR employees; non-employees were required to pay $1.25 for use of the tub. With the assistance of a $50,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation, the Fort William Library moved to its new location at 216 South Brodie Street in 1912, with Mary J. L. Black as the librarian (who served from 1909–1937). The Fort William Library saw its first major change when an addition was added to the south side of the building in 1955, increasing the floor area from 14,000 square feet (1,300 m) to 23,150 square feet (2,151 m). In 1966 the front entrance was rebuilt. When the Westfort branch
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    5 votes
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    Blackstone Library

    Blackstone Library

    T. B. Blackstone Memorial Library is a building that is part of the Chicago Public Library System and is named after Timothy Blackstone. It is now known as the Chicago Public Library - Blackstone Branch and commonly referred to as Blackstone Library, or Blackstone Branch and sometimes Blackstone for short. The Concord Granite building's two-year construction started in 1902, and it was dedicated on January 8, 1904. Blackstone Library marks the beginning of the Chicago Branch Library System as the first dedicated branch in the system. Blackstone is also the only branch of the 79-branch Chicago Public Library branch system that was constructed using private funding. The building is located in Chicago's Kenwood community area in Cook County, Illinois, United States and serves the Hyde Park, Kenwood, and Oakland community areas. The branch celebrated its 100th anniversary of service in 2004. Today, the library has bronze and mahogony furnishings and has themed paintings on the rotunda ceiling. The library is equipped with custom-designed furniture and makes public Wi-Fi access available to its patrons. The library was dedicated to the memory of Timothy Beach Blackstone, President of
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    4 votes
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    Oakland Public Library

    Oakland Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Oakland Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Oakland Public Library Central Library
    The Oakland Public Library is the public library in Oakland, California. Opened in 1878, the Oakland Public Library currently serves the city of Oakland, along with some neighboring smaller cities including Emeryville and Piedmont. The Oakland Public Library has the largest collection of any public library in the East Bay, featuring approximately 1.5 million items. It consists of a main library located in downtown Oakland, a roving bookmobile, and 15 branch libraries throughout the city (see below). Special services within the Oakland Public Library system include the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO), the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, and the Temescal Tool Lending Library. The Oakland Library Association was formed in 1868 as a subscription library. The poet Ina Coolbrith was hired as librarian in 1873. In 1878, the library was reformed as the Oakland Free Library, the second public library created in California under the Rogers Free Library Act. (Eureka was first.) With her personal style, Coolbrith nurtured the reading habits of many young Oakland students including Jack London and Isadora Duncan. Coolbrith's nephew Henry Frank Peterson replaced
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    Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Victoria, Australia

    Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Victoria, Australia

    Yarra Plenty Regional Library provides library services to 3 municipalities in the northeast of Melbourne. The 8 branches and 2 state of the art mobile libraries cover an area of 983 km² including metropolitan, urban fringe and rural populations. Over half of the 306,000 people living in the region are members and it is the highest circulating library in Victoria with 3.6 million loans a year. It is one of the leading providers of online services in public libraries and the number of public access computers is much higher than average. It has one of the best wide area network infrastructures for libraries in Australia. Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Victoria, Australia was founded in the mid 1960s, when the former City of Heidelberg agreed to provide library services to the former Shire of Eltham. Later the former Shire of Diamond Valley and the Shire of Whittlesea joined in the regional group. In 1995, following changes in local government boundaries, the new municipalities of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea continued their support for the regional library service and Yarra Plenty was one of the first regions incorporated under Section 196 of the Victorian Local Government Act
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    Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Atlanta Fulton Public Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Atlanta Fulton Public Library System Central Library
    The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is a network of public libraries serving the City of Atlanta and Fulton County, both in the U.S. state of Georgia. The system is currently administered by Fulton County. The system is composed of the Central Library, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, and 32 branch libraries. The origins of the public library system lie in the Young Men's Library Association (YMLA), a subscription library system established in 1867. The YMLA was open to the public, but only paying members could check out books. Membership was restricted to white men until 1873 when white women were allowed to join. The YMLA system remained the defacto library system of the city for the rest of the century. During the 1890s, however, the YMLA, Andrew Carnegie, and the City of Atlanta, started to work out the details of a new public library in Atlanta. On March 4, 1902, the first public library, the Carnegie Library, opened on the site of the current Central Library. When the library opened, only the basement, the stacks, and the children's room were completed. The Carnegie Library remained the main library of the system for most of the
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    Bibliothèque de Montréal

    The Montreal Public Libraries Network (Réseau des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal in French) is the public library system on the Island of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. It is the largest French language public library system in North America. It also has items in English and other languages. Its central branch closed in March 2005 and the branch's collections were incorporated into the collections of the Grande Bibliothèque. The municipally-run Montreal Public Libraries Network (as distinct from the provincial Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, which is also located in Montreal and requires its own library card) includes 67 libraries, including 44 libraries in the city of Montreal and 12 branches in other municipalities on the Island of Montreal. There are several additional branches which are privately funded public libraries within the system and which require a nominal membership fee. Montreal Mechanics Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became
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    Clinton-Macomb Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Clinton-Macomb Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Clinton-Macomb Public Library Central Library
    The Clinton-Macomb Public Library (CMPL) is a district library headquartered in Clinton Charter Township, Michigan, United States. Formed in 1992, Clinton-Macomb Public Library has three facilities - the Main Library in Clinton Township, North Branch in Macomb Township, and the South Branch in Clinton Township. The Library has a board of eight trustees appointed by Clinton and Macomb Township officials. Funding comes from property taxes and operates as a non-profit status as a Michigan Municipal Corporation. The Library was founded on March 16, 1992 and began operations on May 1, 1992 under State Public Act 24 of 1989 which created the initial district library agreement. The addition of certified staff and 66 open service hours qualified the Clinton-Macomb Public Library for public library certification by the State of Michigan. Once certified by the Library of Michigan, the CMPL began to receive state aid and was enabled to join the Suburban Library Cooperative. It originally occupied space in the Community Education Wing of Seneca Middle School. In May 1997 the library board signed a lease for a 4,200-square-foot (390 m) storefront and the library moved from Seneca to the new
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    L. P. Fisher Public Library

    L. P. Fisher Public Library

    The L. P. Fisher Public Library, started in 1912 and completed in 1914, is a landmark in the town of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. Named for Lewis Peter Fisher (1821-1905), a loyalist lawyer, mayor, and leading citizen of Woodstock who bequeathed $208,000 (a considerable sum in 1905) for local charitable purposes, including the construction of a free library. The library was designed in a Greek Revival style by architect G. Ernest Fairweather of Saint John, New Brunswick and after two years of construction was completed in 1914. The exterior is brick with limestone trim, and the interior is furnished in Honduran mahogany. There is a time capsule buried in the cornerstone. The front steps are of granite, as are the foundations of the building. The historical collections of the library include 19th century census records, maps, newspapers, family histories, military and cemetery records. The building is seen in the 2000 movie Ricky 6. The facade was temporarily altered to feature a different name and an American flag was flown from the flagpole. The interior was also altered and repainted for use in the film; however upon the completion of principal photography, the producers of
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    Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

    Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

    The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center is the official library system of Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. The Library contains legal research materials supporting the study of state, federal, and international law. Notable collection areas include Florida, United States federal taxation, and British Commonwealth materials. Recently the Legal Information Center was renovated and renamed as the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center in honor of the late Lawton Chiles; he was an alumnus of the University of Florida, and a former Governor and United States Senator serving the Sunshine State. The library was recently moved to an expanded facility that is the largest in the Southeastern United States. The law library now contains hundreds of thousands of books and microforms and includes rare historical texts relevant to the legal history of the United States.
    8.67
    3 votes
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    Portsmouth Public Library

    Portsmouth Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Portsmouth Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Portsmouth Public Library Central Library
    The Portsmouth Public Library is a public library located near downtown Portsmouth, Ohio, United States. It has served the city since 1879. The library has five branch locations in Scioto County: Lucasville, New Boston, McDermott, South Webster, and Wheelersburg. The main library is located on Gallia Street across from the new Portsmouth High School complex. The W. Gordan Ryan (Lucasville) Branch (established in 1990) is located near the Scioto County Fairgrounds on Lucasville-Minford Road. The Vern Riffe (New Boston) Branch (1941) is located on eastbound U.S. 52 (Rhodes Avenue). The McDermott Branch (2000) is located in the old Union School on State Route 73. The South Webster Branch (1984) is behind the South Webster High School complex while the Wheelersburg Branch (1965) is located on Old Gallia Pike between Pirate Drive (Wheelersburg High School) and State Route 522. Portsmouth's traces of a public library began in 1831 when a small library opened at the corner of Market and Front Streets. However, the library closed a short time later. It wasn't until 1879 when the Portsmouth City Schools Board of Education donated a building at the corner of Fifth and Court to provide these
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    Cerritos Millennium Library

    Cerritos Millennium Library

    The Cerritos Library, the New Cerritos Library, or the Cerritos Public Library is the civic library for the City of Cerritos, California. It was rededicated on March 16, 2002 with the new moniker and the current futuristic design. It was the first building to feature an exterior clad with titanium panels in the United States. It boasts to be the first "Experience Library" and focuses on themed spaces, high quality art work, and inspirational architecture rather than being another library in the traditional sense. During Cerritos' period of rapid growth in the 1970s, a series of high profile developments, including a new library, was planned. Debate whether or not to join the County of Los Angeles Public Library system and share a branch with neighboring Artesia or to create a separate facility persisted early on. In the end, with the help of various associations such as the Friends of the Cerritos Library and the then-city manager (who wanted to save the residents from a $20-a-year library tax), the city decided to build its own municipal library. On the corner of Bloomfield and 183rd Street, on the site of a former strawberry field, the initial groundbreaking for the Cerritos
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    2 votes
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    District Of Columbia Public Library

    District Of Columbia Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: DC Public Library - Woodridge Branch
    • Central Library: District Of Columbia Public Library Central Library
    The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is the public library system for residents of Washington, D.C. The system includes 25 individual libraries including Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (the central library). The library was founded in 1896 by an act of Congress after a lobbying effort by Theodore W. Noyes, editor of the Washington Evening Star newspaper. Noyes served on the library's board of trustees for 50 years. The first library was first located in a home at 1326 New York Avenue NW. This was replaced by a main library, donated by Andrew Carnegie, built at Mount Vernon Square, which now houses the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication of this building in 1903. Several of the branch libraries still in use were also built with funds donated by Carnegie. In 1972, the main library was replaced by a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed building dedicated as a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. DCPL is an independent agency of the District of Columbia municipal government, managed by a Chief Librarian that is selected and reviewed by a Board of Library Trustees. The Board of Library Trustees are appointed by the
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    New Orleans Public Library

    New Orleans Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: New Orleans Public Library Main Library
    • Central Library: New Orleans Public Library Main Library
    The New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) is the public library service of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The system began in 1896 as the Fisk Free and Public Library in a building on Lafayette Square. Abijah Fisk was a merchant who, over fifty years earlier, had left his house—at the corner of Iberville and Bourbon Streets—to the city for use as a library. Subsequent donations had resulted in libraries and collections not completely free and open to the citizenry. An 1896 city ordinance proposed by Mayor John Fitzpatrick combined the Fisk collection with a newer municipal library. It eventually became known as the New Orleans Public Library. A turn of the 19th to 20th century donation of $50,000 from businessman Simon Hernsheim allowed the library to begin building a significant collection. In 1902 the city received $250,000 from Andrew Carnegie to build a new main library and three branches. By 1908, the new main library was open at Lee Circle, and branches were open on Royal Street at Frenchmen Street the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, on Pelican Avenue in Algiers, and on Napoleon Avenue near Magazine Street Uptown. By 2005, NOPL had a dozen branches in addition
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    2 votes
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    West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library

    West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library Central Library
    The West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library in West Lebanon, Indiana, United States, is a Carnegie library serving southwestern Warren County. Its original 3,060-square-foot (284 m) brick-and-limestone building was constructed in 1916 using a $7,500 gift from Andrew Carnegie. A $610,000 renovation in 2006 added an additional 1,768 square feet (164.3 m) of floor space, plus better access for handicapped patrons, more shelf space and a multi-purpose children's activity room. The library's collection contains approximately 12,000 books.
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    Greenville Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Greenville Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Greenville Public Library Central Library
    The Greenville Public Library is located in the Bond County, Illinois city of Greenville. The Greenville Public Library was built in 1905 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. In January 1856 the Ladies Social Circle of Greenville met to form a group to promote the intellectual and moral elevation of society. For nearly fifty years this group raised funds to support a library. In late 1800s, the Ladies Library Association raised $1,000.00 from the community and collected 4,000 books. The first book purchased for the library's holdings was the Holy Bible. At first the library was housed in the librarian's home, then in rented rooms, and eventually in the courthouse. In 1903 Andrew Carnegie was contacted for possible funds. His donation of $10,000 was used to construct a public library to be built on city-owned land and which was to be tax supported. Architect Paul O. Moratz of Bloomington, Illinois designed the Classical Revival style structure. The library opened in August 1905 after much community support and work. The library houses 25,000 volumes plus video tapes and audio books. The holdings of the Bond County Genealogical Society are housed on the
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    4 votes
    45
    Pima County Public Library

    Pima County Public Library

    The Pima County Public Library (PCPL) system serves Pima County, Arizona with a main library and 26 branch libraries as well as bookmobile service. The system has its headquarters in Tucson. The service area includes the city of Tucson and the surrounding communities of Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Ajo, Vail, Marana, Casas Adobes, and Catalina. The town of Oro Valley's library joined the Pima County Public Library system in July of 2012. The PCPL system offers a variety of services for both children and adults. For children, storytimes are offered, including bilingual storytimes at some library locations. Children can improve their reading skills through our Read to a Dog program. Assistance with homework is also available online, by phone, and at specific library locations. Previous children's activities include El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros, Story town, and the summer reading program. PCPL also provides information on clubs, events, and opportunities available to teens. At PCPL, teens can be serve as library advocates, participate on an advisory board, and volunteer. Previous teen activities include a rock concert, gaming, and drawing and poetry
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    4 votes
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    The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

    • Branch Libraries: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Central Library
    • Central Library: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Central Library
    The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) is a public library system in the United States. In addition to its main library location in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, PLCH operates 41 regional and branch locations throughout Hamilton County. As of 2010, the PLCH's collection holds about nine million volumes, making it the 12th-largest library in the U.S. In 2008, PLCH had an annual circulation of over fifteen million items. The downtown location alone circulates over four million items annually, the most of any single library location in the country. Hennen's American Public Library Ratings 2008 places PLCH tenth among libraries that serve populations of over 500,000. PLCH's various locations had 5,661,940 visitors in 2008. Among PLCH's collections are books, audiobooks, downloadable digital audio and e-books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, sheet music, slides, microfilm, microfiche, and Braille. It offers free internet and free Wi-Fi, in addition to over 15,500 free programs each year for patrons. In 2005, its staff answered 1.7 million reference questions by phone, fax, e-mail, post, and in person. The Main Branch is a selective federal depository
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    4 votes
    47
    Boston Public Library

    Boston Public Library

    • Central Library: Boston Public Library Main Branch
    The Boston Public Library (est.1848) is a municipal public library system in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in the United States, the first large library open to the public in the United States, and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials and take them home to read and use. The Boston Public Library is also the library of last recourse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding. The Boston Public Library contains 8.9 million books and A/V (approximately 24 million items encompassing all formats), making it the second-largest public library in the United States, according to the American Library Association. In fiscal year 2009, the city of Boston spent 1% ($23,253,996) of its budget on the library – some $36 per person. According to its website, the collection of the Boston Public Library has grown to 23.6 million materials, which makes it one of the largest municipal public library systems in the United States. However, a vast majority of the collection is held
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    Minneapolis Public Library

    Minneapolis Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Minneapolis Central Library
    • Central Library: Minneapolis Central Library
    The Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center (MPL) was a library system serving the residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. It was originally founded in 1860 as a publicly traded, private library called the Minneapolis Athenæum. In 1885 lumber baron and philanthropist T. B. Walker established a free public library called the Minneapolis Public Library. In 2008, after some financial difficulties, the library was merged into the Hennepin County Library system. At the time of its merger, the library included Central Library in downtown Minneapolis and fourteen branch libraries. Its collection numbered about 3.1 million items with about 2.2 million of these housed in the central library. Minneapolis's original library was called the Minneapolis Athenæum. It was organized by Minneapolis businessmen in 1859 as a private subscription library, and its shares were traded on the local stock market. After T. B. Walker moved to Minneapolis he bought shares in the Athenaeum and gave away memberships to it, promoting the idea of a free public library for the city. Other stock holders raised objections, but the technique worked and soon the city financed a free library
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    3 votes
    49

    Poplar Creek Public Library District

    Poplar Creek Public Library District is a public library in Illinois, United States which serves residents of Streamwood, Hanover Park, Elgin, Schaumburg, and Bartlett. Created by a 1966 referendum in Streamwood, it currently has one main Streamwood facility and one Hanover Park branch. It serves 66,000 residents, though many of its towns are served only in-part by Poplar Creek, with other residents being patrons of the Schaumburg Township District Library, Gail Borden Public Library District, or the Bartlett Public Library District. Poplar Creek Library became a United States Federal and State document depository in 1980. Its collection contains approximately 160,000 books 19,000 other items. It is a member of the DuPage Library System. In 2009 an expansion and renovation of the facility was designed by Lonn Frye and AJ Rosales of Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects. This expanded facility has been the recipient of a 2009 GE Edison Award of Merit, a 2010 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award for Interior Architecture, and it was also awarded the title of #1 New Landmark Library in May 2011 by Library Journal Magazine.
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    3 votes
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    Simcoe Public Library

    The Norfolk County Public Library is a public library in the municipality of Norfolk County, Ontario. The library has branches in the communities of Delhi, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Simcoe and Waterford. The Simcoe branch, an Ontario Historic Site, was created in 1884 on Peel Street after a mechanics' institute was closed and its property donated for the creation of a free public library. The original building was used until 1912, when it was replaced with a new library building constructed as a one of the Carnegie libraries. Current amenities include an Internet lounge, archive, children's room, and a section where old books are sold to the general public.
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    51
    Stanford University Libraries

    Stanford University Libraries

    Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) develops and implements resources and services within the University libraries and academic technology units that support research and instruction.
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    52

    Vernon Area Public Library District

    Vernon Area Public Library District is a public library in Lake County, Illinois, USA, serving the communities of Lincolnshire and unincorporated Prairie View, most of Long Grove, and smaller portions of Buffalo Grove, Riverwoods and Vernon Hills. It operates a single library in Lincolnshire. The population of the Vernon Area Public Library District was 41,055 as of the 2010 Census. The Vernon Area Public Library District was counted among America's Star Libraries for 2010 and 2011, as named by Library Journal. Vernon Area Public Library cardholders may use their library card to access content in subscription databases and online catalogs including the following:
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    3 votes
    53
    Capital Area District Library

    Capital Area District Library

    • Branch Libraries: Downtown Lansing Library
    • Central Library: Downtown Lansing Library
    The Capital Area District Library (CADL) is a system of libraries in Ingham County, Michigan, United States. It was formed in 1998 by an agreement between Ingham County and the City of Lansing. It consists of thirteen libraries and a bookmobile. CADL is governed by a seven-member board, five of which are selected by Ingham County, and the remaining two are selected by the City of Lansing. The CADL also participates with the Michigan eLibrary. The Friends of the Library support the Capital Area District Library through fundraising and community outreach. The City of East Lansing maintains a separate library system (East Lansing Public Library).
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    2 votes
    54

    Dauphin County Law Library

    The Dauphin County Law Library was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1865 and has been housed in its present location at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Law Library now has approximately 35,000 volumes, down from the 47,000. These volumes focus on statute and case law for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Federal Courts. The Library houses all of the published opinions of judges in each county. The legal periodical of Dauphin County is the called the Dauphin County Reporter and it includes opinions from eight judges. The Law Library is open to the public.
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    2 votes
    55

    Riverside Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Riverside Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Riverside Public Library Central Library
    The Riverside Public Library system serves the city of Riverside, California. The main library is located adjacent to the historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside. Seven other branches are located throughout the city. On July 9, 1888, the Riverside City Board of Trustees assumed responsibility for the book collection of The Riverside Library Association, was formed in 1879; the City took responsibility for the collection in 1888l,and appointed a committee to oversee the establishment of a public library. The Riverside Public Library opened on June 1,1889. in two upstairs rooms in the Handy Building, located on the north side of Eighth Street, between Main and Orange streets. In January 1890, the collection was moved to the second floor of the Loring Building. On August 16, 1901, Andrew Carnegie granted Riverside $20,000 for a library building with a capacity of 20,000 volumes,. Construction began in 1902, and the result was a Mission Revival building—the work of the architectural firm of Burnham and Blieser—on the northeast corner of Seventh and Orange streets. It opened to the public on 31 July 1903, it had a 20,000-volume capacity. In mid-1909, the library was expanded with
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    State Library of Pennsylvania

    The State Library of Pennsylvania is one of the largest research libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, within the Pennsylvania Department of Education, has holdings in almost every area of human concern. It provides information and materials from its collections and automated resources to state government, state institutions and the general public. It is also charged with maintaining a definitive collection of publications of all agencies of the Commonwealth and serves as a Regional Depository for United States Government Publications. Mission: "The State Library provides information for State Government and citizens while collecting and preserving our written heritage through materials published for, by and about Pennsylvania." The State Library of Pennsylvania is located at Commonwealth Ave. & Walnut St. (Forum Building) in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The library is open to the public year round.
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    2 votes
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    Huntington Beach Public Library

    Huntington Beach Public Library

    The Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Center (HBPL) is located in Huntington Beach, California. This medium-sized public library offers free wireless access, online databases, books, children's programs, computers, DVD movies, CD music for the residents of Huntington Beach, California. Non-residents are also welcome to use the library's resources for a nominal fee. The library is financed and governed by the City of Huntington Beach, California. Volunteers also subsidize the library system by selling used books, operating a gift shop, running charitable events, and repairing books. The first library in Huntington Beach opened in 1909 and has since evolved to a five location library system: Central, Main Street, Oak View, Helen Murphy, and Banning. The Central Library resides in a 350-acre (1.4 km) park and features a beautiful theater, spacious reading areas, and indoor fountains surrounded by a spiral ramp. Also, there is a computer lab for library patrons to use. The Central library has seven meeting rooms available for rental to help support the library system. Local business and residents have held special events such as seminars, classes, weddings, auditions, jazz
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    Innisfil Public Library

    Innisfil Public Library

    The Innisfil Public Library is public library system in Ontario, Canada. The library is a four-branch system. Each branch provides unique services to the community. The branches are located in Stroud, Churchill, Cookstown, and Alcona. Documents state that as early as 1898, there was a library board in existence in Cookstown. In the early 1900s, books were housed in a building near what is now the intersection of Highways 27 and 89. Over the years, the library moved several times and was run by different boards until 1964. At that time the library board moved the books to the present location, then known as the Veterans Hall. Following the 1991 amalgamation process, Cookstown Public Library became a branch of the Innisfil Public Library system. The first board meeting of the Lefroy Library Board took place in 1902 at the Ancient Order of the United Workmans Hall. Mrs. T. Sproule was hired as librarian and the library was opened in her home in Lefroy on the northwest corner of Church Street and Concession 4. The library made one other move in Lefroy before moving to the James Sloan building in Churchill in 1912. Miss Mary Sloan was appointed librarian in 1915, and served as librarian
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    4 votes
    59
    Louisville Free Public Library

    Louisville Free Public Library

    • Central Library: LFPL Main Library
    The Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is the largest public library system in Kentucky. Officially opened in 1908, the library's main site resides south of Broadway in downtown Louisville. Additional branches were added over time, including the Western Colored Branch, which was the first Carnegie-housed library in the U.S. built solely for African Americans. In 1950 the library became the first library in the nation to put its own FM-radio station on the air—WFPL. A second station, WFPK, joined it a few years later. Then in 1969, a $4 million north building was added to the Revival-style Carnegie structure. This provided an additional 110,000 square feet (10,000 m) of floor space, compared to the 42,000 in the original building. At one time LFPL had over 30 branches, but because of lack of funding a number of branches were forced to close. Currently, there are 16 branches, in addition to the main library site. Internet services and inter-library loan have helped to make up for fewer branches. In 2007, a proposed tax increase to pay for Louisville Free Public Library improvements and ongoing costs was soundly defeated in spite of strong support by many political and business
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    4 votes
    60

    Ottawa Public Library

    The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the library system of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is the largest bilingual library (English and French) in North America. The library was founded in 1906 with a donation from the Carnegie Foundation. Prior to the twentieth century, Ottawa had a few reading rooms in hotel lobbies, and also some small fee-based libraries for working men such as the Bytown Mechanics' Institute, but no truly free place in which anyone could read. The city's active Local Council of Women took up the cause of a free library for all. They announced, just before the election of 1896, that the mansion of George Perley, a local lumber baron, was donated in his will as a home for the library. However, the city voted down the motion to build a library, as well as another motion to build a firehall; the city just didn't have any money to spare for "luxuries". Only in 1901, when letters were mailed to Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie replied that he would offer $100,000 to the city to build the library if they provided a site and a pledge of $7,500 a year to maintain it. They eventually agreed in January 1903, and within a few years the library was built and open to the public. The
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    61

    Solano County Library

    • Branch Libraries: Fairfield Civic Center Library
    The Solano County Library is the public library system for the county of Solano in California, USA. The library system consists of 7 public libraries and the Solano County Law Library. The cities of Benicia and Dixon have public libraries that are not a part of the Solano County Library system but are partners of the SNAP Consortium.
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    4 votes
    62
    German National Library

    German National Library

    • Branch Libraries: Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig
    • Central Library: German National Library - Central Library, Frankfurt
    The German National Library (German: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek or DNB) is the central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task, unique in Germany, is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically all German and German-language publications from 1913 on, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945, and to make them available to the public. The German National Library maintains co-operative external relations on the national and international level. For example, it is the leading partner in developing and maintaining bibliographic rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international library standards. The cooperation with publishers is regulated by law since 1935 for the Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig, since 1969 for the Deutsche Bibliothek Frankfurt. Duties are shared between the facilities in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main, with each center focusing its work in specific specialty areas. A third facility, the Deutsches Musikarchiv Berlin (founded
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    3 votes
    63
    Goshen Public Library

    Goshen Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Goshen Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Goshen Public Library Central Library
    The current Library was originally constructed in 1968.  In 1994 the Library completed a major renovation project. The Library now houses approximately 170,000 items serving a population of nearly 37,500 with 25,000 cardholders.  The main level of the Library provides Adult and Young Adult Services, Reference Services, and the Indiana Collection. Located on the lower level of the Library are Children's Services, Audiovisual Services, Technical Services, and meeting rooms. The Library is supported by taxes from the City of Goshen (IN) and Elkhart Township. The Library is administered by the Executive Director and governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by local authorities.
    8.00
    3 votes
    64
    Haskell Free Library and Opera House

    Haskell Free Library and Opera House

    The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is a neoclassical building that straddles the international border in Rock Island (now part of Stanstead, Quebec) and Derby Line, Vermont. The Opera House opened on June 7, 1904, and was built on the border between Canada and the United States. The library collection and the opera stage are located in Stanstead, but the door and most opera seats are located in Derby Line. Because of this, the Haskell is sometimes called "the only library in the U.S.A. with no books" and "the only opera house in the U.S.A. with no stage". Its two addresses are 93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line, Vermont and 1 Church Street, Stanstead, Quebec. A thick black line runs beneath the seats of the opera house and diagonally across the center of the library's reading room to mark the international boundary. The stage and half of the seats are in Canada, the remainder of the opera hall is in the US. The library has a collection of more than 20,000 books in French and English, and is open to the public 38 hours a week. The building is recognized as a historic site in both countries. In the United States, it has been registered in the National Register of Historic Places
    8.00
    3 votes
    65
    Hillsboro Public Library

    Hillsboro Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Hillsboro Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Hillsboro Public Library Central Library
    The Hillsboro Public Library is a two-location public library system in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. First opened in 1914 in a Carnegie library building, the system provides services to a population area of 157,000 people. As of 2004, the system had a usage of 674,000 visits per year. One library is located near downtown in Shute Park, with the other newer location in the central portion of the city near the airport. Circulation exceeds 1.75 million per year, and the system has over 59,000 registered users. As of 2008, the director of the library is Mike Smith. The first library in Hillsboro opened on December 9, 1914, when the Carnegie City Library was dedicated. This was one of 2,500 plus libraries built by money donated by Andrew Carnegie around the world, and the only public one in Washington County, Oregon (the Carnegie Library at Pacific University was a private, academic library). The land at Northeast Second and Lincoln Streets where the library was built, was also donated to the city. Designed by architect Ernest Kroner, the $10,000 building was constructed by the firm Book & Engeldinger. In 1925, the library had a circulation 19,445 and a total of 4,855 volumes.
    8.00
    3 votes
    66
    Los Angeles Public Library

    Los Angeles Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Encino–Tarzana Branch Library
    • Central Library: Los Angeles Public Library
    The Los Angeles Public Library system (LAPL) serves the residents of Los Angeles. With more than six million volumes, it is one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world. The system is overseen by a Board of Library Commissioners with five members appointed by the mayor of Los Angeles. Library cards are free to California residents. Circulating books, periodicals, computer access and audiovisual materials are available to patrons. The Library's Rare Books Department is located in its downtown Los Angeles location. There is also an extensive selection of databases covering a wide variety of topics, many of which are available to remote users who hold an LAPL library card. Examples include full-text databases of periodicals, business directories, and language learning tools. The Central Library at 630 West 5th Street, between Grand Avenue and Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles, remains an important research library, despite the development of accessible databases and public access to the Internet. Aggressive expansion and growth of the system began in the 1920s. Under Library Board of Commissioners Chairman Orra E. Monnette, the system was improved with a large
    8.00
    3 votes
    67

    Mitcham Library

    Mitcham Library is a public library in Mitcham, England, being one of the libraries of the London Borough of Merton. It was built in 1933 on land donated by a local builder, Mr Joseph Owen. In April 1932 he donated £4,025 towards its construction. The original building was 60 feet (18 m) wide and 66 feet (20 m) long, and was built on the London Road in Mitcham, opposite the Holborn Schools. The reference library itself was 36 feet (11 m) by 25 feet (7.6 m), and the lending library 66 by 25 feet (7.6 m). Multi-coloured brick with stone facings was used throughout. Over the main entrance are the words, "Mitcham Public Library", neatly carved in the stonework, with stone cornice. Three steps lead to the approach, and a pillar is placed on either side of the entrance. The doors of the library were of Austrian oak. On the left hand side of the vestibule was the newspaper room, 20 feet (6.1 m) by 17 feet (5.2 m). The initial stock of the library consisted of: lending department, 10,000 volumes costing £2,250; reference department, 1,500 volumes costing £750; junior department, 1,000 volumes costing £200.
    8.00
    3 votes
    68

    Montgomery County Memorial Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Montgomery County Memorial Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Montgomery County Memorial Library System Central Library
    Montgomery County Memorial Library System is a public library system in Montgomery County, Texas, United States. The system operates libraries in several Montgomery County cities and areas. The library started with 1200 items inside the Conroe School Recreation Center in 1946. It was originally maintained by a women's group known as the HUB Club. In 1948, the Library became a branch of the Montgomery County government with am allocated budget of $25,000. The first librarian hired for the library was Katherine Ard. A bookmobile was also purchased to help serve the outer areas of Montgomery County. In 1950, the library was relocated to a vacated automobile showroom. Five years later, a $300,000 bond was approved for a new library. The new 10,000 square feet (930 m) facility was finished in 1957. A second bookmobile was added in 1967. In 1970, Mattie Howard was selected to replace Ard as the Library Director. A satellite location, the East Branch Library, was opened in 1974 located in a leased area of a shopping mall located between the towns of New Caney and Porter. In 1975, Hank Blasick was appointed Directory of the library. A year later, the Central Library in Conroe was expanded,
    8.00
    3 votes
    69
    Pine Island: Van Horn Public Library

    Pine Island: Van Horn Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Pine Island: Van Horn Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Pine Island: Van Horn Public Library Central Library
    The Pine Island Van Horn Public Library is a library in Pine Island, Minnesota. It is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the SE Minnesota library region. Monday 1:00PM – 5:00PM Tuesday 11:00AM - 7:00PM Wednesday 9:00AM – 5:00PM Thursday 11:00AM - 7:00PM Friday 1:00PM – 5:00PM Saturday 9:00AM - 12:00 Noon
    8.00
    3 votes
    70
    Toronto Public Library

    Toronto Public Library

    Toronto Public Library (TPL) (French: Bibliothèque publique de Toronto) is a public library system based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the largest public library system in Canada and in 2008, had averaged a higher circulation per capita than any other public library system internationally, making it the largest neighbourhood-based library system in the world. Within North America, it also had the highest circulation and visitors when compared to other large urban systems. Established as the library of the Mechanics' Institute in 1830, the Toronto Public Library now consists of 98 branch libraries and has over 12 million items in its collection. In 1830, a library was established in the York Mechanics' Institute. In 1884, the collection became the Toronto Public Library. Between 1907 and 1916, ten libraries were built with funds from the Andrew Carnegie Trust. Several of these Carnegie libraries continue to be used by the public library; one, the original Central Reference Library, is now the Koffler Student Centre at the University of Toronto. Prior to the Amalgamation of Toronto in 1998, each of the former municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto operated their own public
    6.75
    4 votes
    71

    Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand

    The Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand is a specialized public library run by the municipal library system of the French city of Paris. Created from a massive collection started in 1897 by journalist and activist Marguerite Durand, the Library opened in 1931 at 79 rue Nationale in Paris. It holds a collection of materials on feminism and the struggle of French suffragettes for equality. The collection contains biographies, manuscripts, photographs, periodicals and more than 25,000 books dating back to the 17th century plus 4,000 pieces of correspondence written by prominent women. Among the books and papers that can be found in the library are materials from women authors, artists, scientists, explorers, politicians, journalists and other notable females including Madame de Staël, Colette, Marie Bashkirtseff, Séverine, Gyp, Alexandra David-Néel, Maria Deraismes, Clémence Royer and Olympe de Gouges.
    9.00
    2 votes
    72

    Cobb County Public Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Cobb County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Cobb County Public Library Central Library
    The Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) is the system of 17 public libraries in Cobb County, Georgia, USA — excluding its second-largest city of Smyrna, which runs its own Smyrna Public Library. CobbCat is the online computer database of all CCPLS holdings, replacing the card catalogs. The CCPLS has a system by which books from any branch can be reserved and picked up at any other branch, usually within three business days. Each business day, each branch is notified of the books requested from it, and the staff selects these books for transport. A county van picks up the books daily and takes them to Central, where they are sorted and sent out on the following morning's run. Likewise, books can be returned to any county library branch. Interlibrary loans from outside the county are possible for items not held by the CCPLS. The system's four regions are defined by the CCPLS. Due to Budget cuts library hours have been cut, once in October 2010 and again April 2011. Where indicated, the numbers are the branch numbers. The bookmobile collection was "branch" 60; the law library, located in the county courthouse (Cobb State Court) on Marietta square, was branch 70, but has since
    9.00
    2 votes
    73

    John Crerar Library

    The John Crerar Library is a library, which after a long history of independent operations, is currently operated by the University of Chicago. It is recognized as one of the best libraries in the country for research and teaching in the sciences, medicine, and technology. Throughout its history, the library's technology resources have made it popular with Chicago-area business and industry. Though privately-owned and operated, the John Crerar Library continues its tradition of free access for the public for the purpose of conducting research in science, medicine and technology. The library first opened April 1, 1897 and is named for John Crerar who gained his wealth by founding a railroad supply firm. John Crerar died in 1889. His will gave approximately $2.6 million of his estate to Chicago as an endowment for a free public library, selected “to create and sustain a healthy moral and Christian sentiment, and that all nastiness and immorality be excluded.” To comply with Crerar's wishes without duplicating existing area libraries, the directors decided to limit the collections to the sciences, including the history of science. In 1906, the directors expanded the library's mission
    9.00
    2 votes
    74

    Loudoun County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Sterling Library
    Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL), with nearly 200 employees, both professional and paraprofessional, serves the citizens of Loudoun County, Virginia. There are currently seven branches with an eighth under construction. The Outreach department offers services to the disabled, elderly, and homebound. LCPL's mission statement calls the library "the community's information center," which "provides free and equal access to a full variety of library resources and innovative technologies to enhance the quality of life and meet the informational, educational and cultural interests of the entire community." In 2006 the system came in tenth place for libraries serving a comparably sized population, according to Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR). The seven branches range in size from large regional libraries to small neighborhood branches. Each branch has an advisory board that helps support the library and raise funds. Another source of funding is the annual book sale put on by the Loudoun Library Foundation. The LCPL system branch libraries are: In 1974 the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg joined the Loundoun County Public Library system. In 1994 it's ownership was
    9.00
    2 votes
    75

    Mid-Hudson Library System

    Since 1959, the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) has acted to ensure the public's right to free access, facilitate economical resource sharing, and promote professional library services while working in partnerships with the independent public and free association libraries in the Hudson Valley of New York State in the USA. MHLS comprises dozens of libraries in five counties: Columbia County, Dutchess County, Greene County, Putnam County and Ulster County. The System's headquarters is based in the city of Poughkeepsie, New York.
    9.00
    2 votes
    76
    Lloydminster Public Library

    Lloydminster Public Library

    Lloydminster Public Library (LPL) is located in the city of Lloydminster on the border between the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. It serves the library needs of the people of Lloydminster and surrounding areas. The library is located on the lower level of Atrium Centre (5010 49 Street) in downtown Lloydminster. One of the busiest places in the city, the library serves an average of 400 people daily through personal visits and even more through visits to the library's website and online catalogue. The library offers a variety of services and has a collection of over 80,000 items, including print, non-print and reference materials. The library is a member of the Lakeland Library Region which is headquartered in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
    7.67
    3 votes
    77

    Pennsylvania library system

    The Pennsylvania library system is a network of libraries that are connected by Inter Library Loan (ILL) and many different services, such as PA Power Library and Access Pennsylvania.
    7.67
    3 votes
    78

    Smyrna Public Library

    The Smyrna Public Library is the only independent, city-operated library in the state of Georgia. It is located at 100 Village Green Circle in downtown Smyrna, Georgia. It is the only public library in the county which has not joined the Cobb County Public Library System. The Smyrna Women's Club and the Smyrna Men's Club provided the original financing and co-sponsored the first library, which officially opened on September 15, 1936 with little more than 600 books. Most of the books were collected by young boys pulling their wagons from door to door asking for books. Some of these books remain part of the library collection and are on display. A single bookshelf in the Woman's Club located at the corner of Atlanta Road (old U.S. 41 and Georgia 3) and Powder Springs Street (old Georgia 5) was the home of Smyrna's first library collection. By 1938, 1,400 volumes were housed in their clubhouse, and in 1939 the Men's Club added a room to the Women's Clubhouse to accommodate the growing collection. This "new" library was located in the back of the Women's Club House. A part-time librarian administered the collection, and ongoing funding was a joint venture of local citizens' support,
    7.67
    3 votes
    79

    Warren-Newport Public Library District

    The Warren-Newport Public Library is located at 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee, Illinois, 60031. The library serves a population of 60,000 within a 55-square-mile (140 km) area that covers all or most of Warren Township, Lake County, Illinois and Newport Township, Lake County, Illinois. The library is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). Lake County, Illinois communities that fall completely within the boundaries of the district are Gurnee, Illinois; Grandwood Park, Illinois; Park City, Illinois; and Wildwood, Illinois. Partially included in the district are the communities of Beach Park, Illinois; Grayslake, Illinois; Lake Villa, Illinois; Old Mill Creek, Illinois; Third Lake, Illinois; Wadsworth, Illinois; Waukegan, Illinois; and Milburn, Illinois. . The Warren-Newport Public Library District began in 1971 when the Gurnee Women's Club began to look for a meaningful service which their club could offer the area. Opening day for the library came on January 10, 1973. The library opened its doors for 45 hours per week with 3,000 volumes. The library moved into its current location in 1978, and in 1997 opened a $5.6 million, 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m)
    7.67
    3 votes
    80

    Brazoria County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Brazoria County Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Brazoria County Library System Central Library
    The Brazoria County Library System operates public libraries in Brazoria County, Texas, United States. The system has several libraries in many cities.
    10.00
    1 votes
    81
    City Hall, Hong Kong

    City Hall, Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong City Hall (Chinese: 香港大會堂) is a building located at Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong does not designate itself or any part of itself as a city, there is no mayor or city council; therefore, the City Hall does not hold the offices of a city government, unlike most city halls around the world. Instead, it is a complex providing municipal services, including performing venues and libraries. The City Hall is managed by the Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The Urban Council managed the City Hall (through the Urban Services Department) and held its meetings there prior to its dissolution in December 1999. Prior to its dissolution the UrbCo served as the municipal council for Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (including New Kowloon). The UrbCo had its meeting chamber in the Low Block of the City Hall. The first City Hall of Hong Kong, which existed from 1869 to 1933, occupied the current sites of the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building (partly) and the Bank of China Building. The current site of the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building was occupied in part by the old City Hall, and in part by earlier generations (1st
    10.00
    1 votes
    82

    Gail Borden Public Library District

    Gail Borden Public Library is a public library district located in Elgin, Illinois, USA. District boundaries include the cities of Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood, and Hoffman Estates. The library is a member of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), one of two multitype regional library systems in Illinois. The library was named in honor of Gail Borden ( 9 November 1801 - 11 January 1874 ), who in 1856 invented condensed milk. Although he never lived in Elgin or donated any funds for the library which bears his name in 1892 his step sons, Samuel and Alfred Church, residents of Elgin, purchased and donated the Scofield Mansion at 50 N. Spring Street to house the new library. Samuel and Alfred’s only request was that the library be forever and always known and called the Gail Borden Public Library. In the autumn of 2003, the library moved into a new 139,980 square feet (13,005 m) facility just across the street from the old library at a cost of $29.8 million. The new library is situated along the eastern shore of the Fox River and includes a shelving capacity of 460,000 volumes. The architects, Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects, Ltd, designed the library to
    10.00
    1 votes
    83
    PLCMC

    PLCMC

    The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), (officially known as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library) is the public library system of the city of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg in North Carolina The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County comprises 20 locations throughout Mecklenburg County, including 19 locations in the city of Charlotte. The library system contains over 1.5 million adult and children's classics, favorite paperbacks, modern bestsellers, downloadable media, CDs and DVDs. Over 300 employees countywide strive to make information available to anyone who wants it both within library facilities and through vibrant outreach programs. As the county and region grows, the Library reaches out in traditional and new ways. The roots of the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County can be traced to 1891 when the Charlotte Literary and Library Association was organized. It was a subscription library, members paying dues of 50 cents each, and was open to white Charlotteans only. In 1901, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie agreed to donate $25,000 for a library building for Charlotte if the city would furnish a site and taxes to support
    10.00
    1 votes
    84
    Uxbridge Free Public Library

    Uxbridge Free Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Uxbridge Free Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Uxbridge Free Public Library Central Library
    The Uxbridge Free Public Library is a public library in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. The first library in the town of Uxbridge was the Uxbridge Social and Instructive Library (1775–1812), managed by George Southwick at his store in the Quaker City section of South Uxbridge. The sixth was the Uxbridge Agricultural Society (1859–1864). Most of these small libraries were subscription libraries that required dues and assessments. None of these were free to the public so in 1873 voters of the town passed 4 articles and six trustees were elected in 1874. They met April 18, 1874 to organize themselves and the Uxbridge Free Public Library. It opened in the FW Barnes jewellery store on South Main Street on January 20, 1875. After five crowded years they moved into the Town Hall. Fourteen years later it again outgrew itself. On June 20, 1894 in the Town Hall came the Proceedings and Dedication of the Thayer Memorial building. Edward Carrington Thayer, a local business man and banker, built it in memory of his parents, Joseph and Chloe Taft Thayer, and as a gift to the town of Uxbridge. It became home to the Uxbridge Free Public Library. The building was designed by Fuller and Delano of Worcester
    10.00
    1 votes
    85
    Contra Costa County Library

    Contra Costa County Library

    • Branch Libraries: San Pablo Library
    • Central Library: Contra Costa County Library Central Library
    Contra Costa County Library is a public library that is part of Contra Costa County, California, United States. There are 26 community libraries, access to electronic information via a website, over 455,000 cardholders and more than 7 million items borrowed annually. Its headquarters are in Pleasant Hill. Founded in 1913, the Contra Costa County Library brought a commitment to widespread, county-wide service. Prior to this time, libraries for the public included the Martinez Free Reading Room and Library Association established in 1896 and the Richmond Public Library established in 1909. By the 1920s, there were over 40 branches and the Contra Costa County Library also provided service to 64 public schools. During the years following World War II, the Library began to reflect the newly developing suburban nature of the county it served. In the mid-1950s, the Library began an ambitious program to construct much larger branch buildings. This eventually led to the construction of most of the buildings that the Library uses today. Between 1958 and 1974, 15 of the 21 library buildings now in use were opened. Among these were the County's first central library and the adjacent
    6.50
    4 votes
    86

    Alburgh Public Library

    Alburgh Public Library is a public library in Alburgh, Grand Isle County, Vermont. It is located at 16 South Main St. in Alburgh (Mailing address: PO Box 334, Alburgh, Vermont 05440-0334). According to 2000 Census figures as reported by the Vermont Department of Libraries, Alburg Public Library serves a population of 1952, with staffing hours equivalent to 1.5 full time employees, with no employees having an American Library Association accredited Masters of Library Science. Also, volunteers provided an average of 20 hours of services per week. In 2004 the 1676 square foot (156 m²) library reported having a collection of 12,789 books, or about 6.55 books per capita. In addition the library had 204 videos and 251 audio items, for a total collection size of 13,244. The library subscribed to 32 periodicals. The number of registered borrowers was 1240, about 63.5% of the population served. Patrons visited the library a total of 13,168 times, or 6.75 visits per capita. It circulated 9447 items (5939 adult, 3508 juvenile) or 4.84 items per capita. A total of 1040 reference transactions were also handled. 23 items were requested from other libraries through inter-library loan, 59 lent to
    5.60
    5 votes
    87
    National Library of Korea

    National Library of Korea

    • Branch Libraries: National Library of Korea Library Central Library
    • Central Library: National Library of Korea Library Central Library
    The National Library of Korea is located in Seoul, South Korea and was established in 1945. It houses over 6.5 million volumes, including over 844,000 foreign books and some of the National Treasures of South Korea. It was relocated within Seoul, from Sogong-dong, Jung-gu to Namsan-dong in 1974, and again to the present location at Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, in 1988. It was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Culture in 1991. The library is served by Seoul Subway Lines 3, 7 and 9 which all connect at Express Bus terminal Station. Take exit 5 from Express Bus Terminal subway station off of line 7. Right at the top of exit 5 turn left and go through the crosswalk. Continue in that direction along the street walking South, past the National Digital Library of Korea. The National Library of Korea is behind this. The library is also served by Seoul Subway Line 2, Seocho Station, Exit 5. Walk north from the exit, the library will be on your left.
    5.60
    5 votes
    88

    Winnipeg Public Library

    The Winnipeg Public Library is a public library service that is provided by the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Most branches provide programming for children, teens, and some to adults. The Library also contains an Outreach Department which works with the community, as well as people who cannot visit the library directly. Outreach also promotes the library to communities that are under represented in the library. Visitors to the Winnipeg Public Library checked out over 5.4 million items in 2011, and 116,000 of those items were E-books. The library has both adult and children’s books in over 30 languages. Select locations provide tutorial rooms for learners to use free of charge. The library has DVD and Blu-ray collections, as well as Wi-Fi, at all twenty locations. The library provides access to over 17,000 eBooks and over 450,000 songs. There are over 300 computers available to be booked. The library offers a Writer-in-Residence program to assist budding authors and has done so for over 20 years. The staff at the library are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500. The library has branches in 20 locations in Winnipeg:
    5.60
    5 votes
    89

    Burnaby Public Library

    Burnaby Public Library or BPL is a public library that serves Burnaby, British Columbia and the surrounding Lower Mainland. It allows users to borrow books, videos, DVDs and magazines. Burnaby's first library was founded in 1927 as the North Burnaby Library Association. In 1954, a municipal bylaw was enacted to officially establish the Burnaby Public Library. The library has four branches:
    8.50
    2 votes
    90

    London Public Library

    The London Public Library is the public library system of London, Ontario Canada. All locations offer art exhibits, programs for adults, teens and children, including author readings, summer reading program, health-oriented activities and more. In addition to borrowing print books, books on CD, videos, DVDs and music CDs, library card holders are able to download free audiobooks and ebooks via the library's website, and consult librarians for free reference assistance through the Ask Ontario service. London Mechanics’ Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred. The London Public Library opened in November 1896. The present-day Central Library was built in a remodeled space that formerly housed a Bay outlet. This not only allowed for an economical expansion of the branch but also offered the library a more central location in the city's downtown core. Additional outside donations enabled the
    8.50
    2 votes
    91
    Ohio Wesleyan University Library

    Ohio Wesleyan University Library

    The Ohio Wesleyan University Library is the library system of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. It comprises five individual libraries and is the second largest academic library in Ohio among liberal arts colleges, ranked by number of volumes held. Organized into 3 major divisions (main collection, science collection and a music collection), in 2005 it held 600,000 printed volumes in open stacks, 800,000 microfilms and microfiches, and a total of 140,000 maps, motion pictures, DVDs, sound recordings, and computer files in its collections, in addition to extensive digital resources and the University Archives. Initially, the system was a collection of 9000 volumes stored in Slocum Hall. Slocum Hall, built in 1898 served as the University library until 1966 when Beeghly Library was built. Holdings include a strong rare book collection, a solid representation of 19th century periodicals, and print and electronic subscriptions to thousands of periodicals. Housed in Beeghly is one of the country's oldest government publications depositories. All libraries are linked by an integrated online catalog and circulation system, CONSORT. Government documents collection plays an active
    8.50
    2 votes
    92

    Reading Borough Libraries

    Reading Borough Libraries are responsible for public library provision in the English town of Reading, Berkshire. Despite the Public Libraries Act 1850 it was not until the 1870s that serious thought was given to the creation of a free public library in Reading. Reading Borough Council could not agree to raise the rate necessary to fund a library and as a result in 1875 William Isaac Palmer, of the Huntley & Palmers biscuit firm decided to personally fund the setting up and running of a Free Library in West Street. This proved very popular and managed to win over opponents of free libraries, leading to the adoption of the Public Libraries Act in Reading in 1877 and the beginning of the library service. While the contents of Reading Free Library were donated by Palmer to the borough, it was decided that a new building was needed. A new library was included in the plans drawn up in 1879 for an extension to the Reading Town Hall which would also include a new museum (later to become the Museum of Reading). This new Library opened in October 1882 and soon proved very popular. In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, responsibility for library services was transferred to Berkshire
    8.50
    2 votes
    93
    Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System

    Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Albuquerque Public Library - Main Library
    • Central Library: Albuquerque Public Library - Main Library
    The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System is the public library system serving greater Albuquerque, New Mexico. It includes sixteen branch libraries as well as the downtown Main Library. The Albuquerque Public Library opened on May 1, 1901, replacing the Ladies' Library Association which had operated sporadically since 1883. The new library was located in Perkins Hall, a three-story brick building at the intersection of Central and Edith which had previously housed the first Albuquerque Academy and the University of New Mexico. The building was purchased and donated to the city by local businessman Joshua Raynolds for the purpose of establishing a public library. The library opened with 2,382 books, many of which were donated by local businesspeople. By 1920 the library had outgrown its old facility, and planning began for a new building on the same site. Perkins hall was torn down, and the new library opened on March 26, 1925. Designed by Arthur Rossiter, the building was a fine example of Pueblo Revival architecture with its buttresses, towers, irregular parapet, and exposed wooden beams. Interior decorations were by Santa Fe artist Gustav Baumann. The Main Library was
    7.33
    3 votes
    94
    Austin Public Library

    Austin Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Austin Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Austin Public Library Central Library
    Austin Public Library is a library service in Austin, Texas, United States. It is operated by the City of Austin. The John Henry Faulk Central Library at 800 Guadalupe Street is the main branch; opening in 1979. It is 110,000 square feet (10,000 m) on five stories (the first three open to the public, with the fourth floor reserved for the administrative offices, and the basement reserved for storage/utilities). The Austin History Center at 810 Guadalupe Street (immediately adjacent to the 1979 building), which dates from the 1930's, was formerly the main library of Austin. As of 2010 the city plans to open a new central library building to be in operation by 2014; the current plans are for a building of 170,000 sq. ft., expandable to about 250,000 sq. ft., as part of the city's extensive redevelopment of the former Seaholm power plant site, west of the intersection of Lamar Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Street. The building will be funded in large part by a 2006 bond issue, and private donations.
    7.33
    3 votes
    95
    Harris County Public Library

    Harris County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Harris County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Harris County Public Library Central Library
    Harris County Public Library is a public library system serving Harris County, Texas, United States. The county library system is headquartered at 8080 El Rio in Houston. Since its inception in 1921, Harris County Public Library (HCPL) has grown from a system of small book stations in homes, stores and post offices to 26 branch libraries serving a population of over 1.3 million users in unincorporated areas countywide. HCPL has a collection of over 2.5 million items and circulated close to 11 million items in fiscal year 2007. Rhoda L. Goldberg is the director of the library system. HCPL operates branches in several cities which do not have library systems of their own and in unincorporated parts of Harris County. Three branches are located within the city limits of Houston, in sections that have been annexed since the branches opened. Most of Houston itself is served by the Houston Public Library.
    7.33
    3 votes
    96

    Hemet Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Hemet Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Hemet Public Library Central Library
    The Hemet Public Library is a public library in Hemet, California, which opened its current new library in July 2003. The library is one of the newest libraries in Riverside County, California. The library can trace its history back to 1906 when members of the Hemet Woman's Club wanted a place to gather and read literature, so they opened a reading room on the second floor of a bank on the Bothin Block (once the financial hub of our Valley near the northwest corner of Harvard Street and Florida Avenue). After the City's own incorporation in 1910, citizens voted for their own library, and the new City took over the operation of its own library facility. Soon, the upstairs reading room opened by the Woman's Club quickly outgrew itself. Woman's Club members—along with many other community organizations campaigned to get a public building built to house a permanent library collection. The late Mrs. E. A. Davis then composed a letter to Andrew Carnegie (who was one of the world's richest men, and who has long been considered the “patron saint of libraries”) begging for the funds to help the community build a brand new facility. Mr. Carnegie responded by sending a check for $7500.
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    Hong Kong Public Library

    Hong Kong Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Hong Kong Central Library
    • Central Library: Hong Kong Central Library
    The Hong Kong Public Library (HKPL) system in Hong Kong consists of 66 static and 10 mobile libraries offering a total collection of 12.5 million items. The network of libraries are interconnected by a digitalised library management system, the busiest (number of visits) and one of the largest in the world offering both Chinese and English capabilities. Hong Kong's first public library opened in 1962 at City Hall, Hong Kong, which was also the central library for many years before the opening of the Central Library. Unlike most public libraries (under local jurisdiction) HKPL is under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, a ministry-like department in the Hong Kong Government, after dismissal of Urban Council and Regional Council before the commence of 2000. Prior to 1999, the Regional Council and the Urban Council managed the library system in the territory.
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    Kent Free Library

    Kent Free Library

    • Branch Libraries: Kent Free Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Kent Free Library Central Library
    The Kent Free Library is a public library located in Kent, Ohio, United States. Opening in 1892, it was originally the result of the first use of an 1892 Ohio law which allowed municipalities under 5,000 to tax residents for library support. In 1903 the library moved to its current location, funded mainly by an $11,500 gift from Andrew Carnegie. It is part of the Portage Library Consortium, which includes the Portage County Library District and Reed Memorial Library in nearby Ravenna. It is currently a school district library associated with the Kent City School District. The library has undergone several expansions since 1903, with the latest expansion occurring in 2004-2006. This expansion saw the demolition of the three previous additions and the construction of a large addition and renovation of the original Carnegie building which tripled available space to approximately 55,000 square feet (5,100 m). During construction, the library was housed in Kent's University Plaza shopping center. The current building and the renovated Carnegie portion opened on 26 September 2006, exactly 103 years since the original library opened in 1903.
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    Linda Hall Library

    Linda Hall Library

    The Linda Hall Library is a privately endowed American library of science, engineering and technology located in Kansas City, Missouri, sitting "majestically on a 14-acre urban arboretum." It is the "largest independently funded public library of science, engineering and technology in North America" and "among the largest science libraries in the world." Established in 1946 through the philanthropy of Linda (1859–1938) and Herbert F. Hall (1858–1941), of the Hall-Bartlett Grain Co., the library has achieved global recognition and stature. The library is open to the public with individual researchers, academic institutions and companies from Kansas City and around the world using the library’s extensive research-level collection. Though not affiliated with its neighbor, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, many students and faculty from UMKC and other local colleges and universities utilize the library each day. The 14 acres (57,000 m) surrounding the library are home to over 450 trees representing 58 genera and 165 species. The arboretum and gardens are further embellished by beds of viburnum, tree peonies and Missouri native woodland plants. Seven trees on the property have
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    Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Akron-Summit County Public Library

    The Akron-Summit County Public Library is “recognized locally as an essential community asset, and nationally as one of the finest public libraries in the United States due to its excellent customer service, collaborative community involvement, and high level of customer and employee satisfaction” (ASCPL Vision Statement). The system has over 2,000,000 books and items in its collection. It has evolved into one of the area’s busiest places to gather for programs and meetings, serving over 950,000 visitors in 2011. The library also has 335,000 library cardholders, and over 6,000,000 items borrowed. The Akron-Summit County Public Library includes a Main Library, 17 branch libraries and Mobile Services (located in the lower level of the Main Library). In 2009, the Akron-Summit County Public Library was named a top ten library in the nation in the newly released Hennen American Public Library Ratings, published by independent researcher Thomas J. Hennen, Jr. The library was awarded the highest possible rating – Five Stars – in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. (“America’s Star Libraries,” Library Journal, 2/15/09). The library’s history dates back to 1874, when the
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    Belvedere-Tiburon Library

    Belvedere-Tiburon Library

    • Branch Libraries: Belvedere-Tiburon Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Belvedere-Tiburon Library Central Library
    The Belvedere-Tiburon Library is an independent public library serving the communities of Belvedere and Tiburon, California. The library opened in 1997 at its present location of 1501 Tiburon Boulevard in Tiburon. The library collection consists of over 70,000 books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, and audio books. Services offered by the Belvedere-Tiburon Library include programs for adults and children, Internet access, a wireless network, a Web site, online databases, computer training, and home delivery for disabled patrons. The library is a member of the Marin Automated Resources and Information Network (MARINet), a consortium of publicly funded libraries in Marin County. Deborah Mazzolini has been the director of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library since 1997. The 10,200 sq. ft. library building was designed by the firm of Bull, Stockwell, and Allen. The architectural style is that of the 19th century railroad yard in Tiburon. The library's windows look out on protected marsh lands and Old St. Hilary's Open Space preserve.
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    Indianapolis Public Library

    Indianapolis Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Indianapolis Public Library
    The Indianapolis Public Library (formerly known as the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library) is the public library system that serves the citizens of Marion County, Indiana, United States and its largest city, Indianapolis. The library was founded in 1873 and has grown to include a Central Library building, located adjacent to the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza, and 22 branch libraries spread throughout Marion County. According to a March 13, 2007 press release, the Library boasted over 5.43 million visitors and a record-high circulation of nearly 13.8 million items in 2006. The Central Library building was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, (with Zantzinger, Borie and Medary) and completed in 1917. A complete historic renovation and a major addition to the library was designed by Woollen, Molzan and Partners. It opened in 2007. On November 20, 2008, the Library Board officially adopted the following mission and vision statements : Mission: "The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library is the community's place to access essential information resources, technology, programs and services; foster reading and learning and promote the social, economic, recreational and
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    Horicon Public Library

    Horicon Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Horicon Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Horicon Public Library Central Library
    The Horicon Public Library is located in Horicon, Wisconsin, United States. Established in 1850,it serves the 4,972 Horicon residents, as well as residents from surrounding communities. The total service population in 2008 was 5,172. The library is a member of the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System (MWFLS)and is in the SHARE consortium, which shares materials with 52 other public and school libraries throughout Dodge, Jefferson, Racine, Walworth, and Washington Counties in southeastern Wisconsin. In 1850, the Horicon Public Library was born at the local school. In 1869 it was relocated to the downtown area, and was housed in various business buildings. The library moved throughout the 19th century and early twentieth century, residing in spaces above furniture stores and Odd Fellows Hall. In 1874, E.M. Griswold's store and Post Office hosted the library's collection and services. The Horicon Free Library Association formed in 1899, and in 1926, the Library was provided a municipally-funded space in City Hall located on West Lake Street. When a new City Hall was built in 1957, the library moved with it, and there it resides today. In 1993 the library was moved from an upstairs
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    Michigan State University Libraries

    Michigan State University Libraries

    • Branch Libraries: William C. Gast Business Library
    Michigan State University Libraries (MSU Libraries) comprise the 29th largest academic library system in North America with over 4.9 million volumes and 6.7 million microforms. A unit of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, United States, the library system comprises nine branch locations including the main library. The Africana Collection is one of the largest of its kind in the nation with a collection of over 200,000 items. Other significant collections include the G. Robert Vincent Voice Library, the largest academic voice library in the nation, containing a collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings and includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life, and the Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collections which includes the extensive Comic Art Collection. This collection includes over 100,000 comic books, and 10,000 related books and periodicals. The Branch Libraries are subject collections located in the Main Library as well as in branch libraries located in other buildings on and off campus. Each of the branch libraries have their own subject specialization. Branch Libraries located inside the main library building include: The
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    New York Public Library

    New York Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    • Central Library: New York Public Library Main Branch
    The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States, behind only the Library of Congress. It is an independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing. The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island and it has affiliations with academic and professional libraries in the metropolitan area of New York State. The City of New York's other two boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, are served by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Borough Public Library, respectively. The branch libraries are open to the general public and consist of research libraries and circulating libraries. The library originated in the 19th century, and its founding and roots are the amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, and from philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age. At the behest of Joseph Cogswell, John Jacob Astor placed a codicil in his will to bequeath $400,000 for the creation of a public library. After Astor's death in
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    Ohio University Southern Campus

    Ohio University Southern Campus

    Ohio University Southern Campus is located at 1804 Liberty Avenue in Ironton, Ohio. While not as large as the main Ohio University campus located in Athens, Ohio, several degree programs are offered. The Southern Campus also features an extension located in Proctorville, Ohio, a Nature Center, and the Ohio Horse Park located in Franklin Furnace, Ohio just off U.S. 52. OUS also has an on campus eating area called "The Paddock". OUS offeres many different physical fitness activities including tennis and football. The University began in 1956 when it hosted college-level classes in Ironton High School with an initial enrollment of 90 students . The main Ohio University Southern campus in Ironton has four distinct buildings. The Nature Center has two structures. The Ohio University Proctorville Center in Proctorville has one structure. The Ohio Horse Park in Franklin Furnace has several buildings. Ohio University Southern now has quality childcare for OUS students through a partnership with the Lawrence County Early Childhood Academy. It is located only 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the Southern Campus in Hanging Rock. The building was a former elementary school for Rock Hill Local School
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    Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

    Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

    The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is a complex comprising several buildings related to the life and presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. Located in Fremont, Ohio, the center comprises the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum and Library and Spiegel Grove, an estate encompassing the Hayes home, residence to several generations of the Hayes family. Opened in 1916, the Rutherford B. Hayes Center Library was the first presidential library and one of only three for a 19th-century president. The Center is supported by the private foundations, the Ohio Historical Society and Hayes Presidential Center Inc. The library holds the 12,000 volume personal library of Rutherford B. Hayes, as well as materials relating to his military and political career, particularly of his presidency from 1877 to 1881. It also contains 70,000 volumes plus newspapers and journals from the time of the Civil War to the eve of World War I. The library was built by the state of Ohio in 1916, and was expanded in 1922 and in 1968. Stephen A. Hayes, the great-great grandson of President Hayes, is the President of the Board of Trustees for the Presidential Center. The center became national news in 1996 when the
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    Summit Free Public Library

    Summit Free Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Summit Free Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Summit Free Public Library Central Library
    The Summit Free Public Library is a public library located in the United States in Summit, New Jersey at 75 Maple Street. Besides books, DVDs, CDs, music, and educational CD-ROMs from The Teaching Company, it offers a wide range of services including lectures, art exhibits, cultural readings, movies, special events, programs for teenagers, and Internet access. It is a short walk from the library to the train station and to Summit's downtown area. In 1891, Summit's first library opened, but it was "neither public nor free," according to one account. That building later became the Summit Playhouse. In 1911, the first free public library opened on Maple Street on land donated by the Bonnel family's Summit Home Land Company. Funds from the estate of Andrew Carnegie helped build the library during the years of 1900 to 1917, and the Summit Public Library is listed among the 36 Carnegie libraries of New Jersey. In 1964, the library was replaced by a newer building next door. In 1996, there was a capital campaign to raise funds for the library; $1.3 million was raised, in part with a community production of "The Music Man". Construction began in October 1997. Users could still have access
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    Milwaukee Public Library

    Milwaukee Public Library

    • Central Library: Milwaukee Public Library Main Branch
    Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is the public library system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin consisting of a central library and 12 branches, all part of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. MPL is the largest public library system in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Public Library can trace its lineage back to 1847 when the Young Men's Association started a subscription library that collected dues from its members. The group rented space for its library in a number of locations over the years and expanded into sponsoring a lecture series with such important speakers as Horace Mann, Horace Greeley and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The city-sponsored library began in 1878 when the state legislature authorized Milwaukee to establish a public library. At that time, it took over the association's rented quarters and the group's collection of 10,000 volumes, many in German. After several moves and several fires, the library moved into a new, block-long limestone building at what is now 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. That building, which opened on Oct. 3, 1898, was shared with the Milwaukee Public Museum until the museum moved to its own building on West Wells Street in the mid-1960s. In 1957, an addition to
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    Albany Town Library

    Albany Town Library is a public library in Albany, Orleans County, Vermont. It is located at 1031 Main St. in Albany, Vermont (mailing address: PO Box 512, Albany, VT 05820-0512). According to 2000 Census figures as reported by the Vermont Department of Libraries, Albany Town Library serves a population of 840, with staffing hours equivalent to 0.27 full time employees. In 2004 the 684 square foot (64 m²) library reported having a collection of 5562 books (3462 adult books, 2100 juvenile books), or about 6.62 books per capita. In addition the library had 774 audio-visual items, 140 of them juvenile items, for a total collection size of 5948. The library subscribed to 32 periodicals, 2 of them juvenile. There were 71 registered borrowers (20 of whom were juvenile), or 8.5% of the local population. Patrons visited the library a total of 540 times, or 0.62 visits per capita. It circulated 456 books (192 adult, 264 juvenile) or 0.54 items per capita. A total of 104 reference transactions were also handled. 71 items were requested from other libraries through inter-library loan, none lent. The annual budget was $3100. $2600 of this was raised by local taxes — $3.10 per capita. As of the
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    Cecil County Public Library

    Cecil County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Cecilton Branch Library
    • Central Library: Cecil County Public Library
    The Cecil County Public Library (CCPL) is a public library system in Cecil County, Maryland, located in the northeastern tip of Maryland. CCPL has circulated over a million items since FY2009, serving the community through seven branch libraries, a bookmobile, and an ebranch. The Cecil County Public Library provides events, classes, reference services, and materials for adults, teenagers, and children. In 2011, CCPL received a Best Library Blog Award from Salem Press, as well as a Best of Show Award from the American Library Association for their "My Library, My Lifeline" advocacy logo. The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library is a non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting Cecil County's library system. Volunteer members advocate, educate, and raise funds on behalf of the Library, its patrons, and the larger community. The Friends raise funds to be used by the Cecil County Public Library for activities not ordinarily covered under the Library's operating budget.
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    Palos Verdes Library District

    Palos Verdes Library District

    • Branch Libraries: Peninsula Center Library
    • Central Library: Peninsula Center Library
    The Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) is an independent special-purpose library district serving the 69,843 residents of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. PVLD is governed by an elected Board of Library Trustees that consists of five members who voluntarily serve without monetary compensation. PVLD's three libraries - Peninsula Center Library, Malaga Cove Library, and Miraleste Library - serve the cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Rolling Hills Estates, California. In 2010, the three branches of the PVLD recorded a door-count of 653,481 people, and circulated 837,386 items out of their collection of 336,000+ items. The district employs 81 employees as of March 2007 (37 full-time and 44 part-time). PVLD's website offers access to a wealth of information including historic photos of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, information about early Japanese farmers on the Peninsula, databases and full-text magazine and newspaper articles, downloadable audio and e-books, and information about upcoming events and programs. It offers interlibrary loans and a passport acceptance agency. The Peninsula Center Library has notary public staff. PVLD partners with
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    Sargent Memorial Library

    Sargent Memorial Library

    • Branch Libraries: Sargent Memorial Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Sargent Memorial Library Central Library
    The Sargent Memorial Library is a public library in Boxborough, Massachusetts.
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    Birmingham Public Library

    Birmingham Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Birmingham Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Birmingham Public Library Central Library
    For the main library in Birmingham, England see, Birmingham Central Library. The Birmingham Public Library, a well-respected and one of the largest library systems in the southeastern United States, consists of 19 branches and a main or central library located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The main library is composed of two buildings, the East Building, with its dramatic atrium, and the Linn-Henley Research Library, with its fine wall murals, the Tutwiler Collection of Southern History, and the Rucker Agee Map Collection. The Birmingham Public Library was established in 1886 as an adjunct of Birmingham's public schools. John H. Phillips, then superintendent of the public school system, set up a library in a room not much bigger than a closet. In 1913, a public library board was established, and the City of Birmingham assumed responsibility for funding the growing institution. The library was later moved to City Hall, where the collection burned in a fire in 1925. An impressive neo-classical building of Indiana limestone was completed in 1927 and served as the central facility of the Birmingham Public Library for 57 years. The city's library system was desegregated in April
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    Chetham's Library

    Chetham's Library

    Chetham's Library in Manchester, England is the oldest free public reference library in the United Kingdom. Chetham's Hospital, which contains both the library and Chetham's School of Music, was established in 1653 under the will of Humphrey Chetham (1580–1653), for the education of "the sons of honest, industrious and painful parents", and a library for the use of scholars. The library has been in continuous use since 1653. It operates as an independent charity, open to readers and visitors free of charge. The library holds more than 100,000 volumes of printed books, of which 60,000 were published before 1851. They include collections of 16th- and 17th-century printed works, periodicals and journals, local history sources, broadsides and ephemera. Chetham's was the meeting place of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels when Marx visited Manchester. The economics books Marx was reading at the time can be seen on a shelf in the library, as can the window seat where Marx and Engels would meet. The manor house of the Lord of the Manor, in the centre of the medieval town of Manchester, stood on a sandstone bluff, at the confluence of the River Irwell and the River Irk. In 1421 the rector of
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    Durham University Library

    Durham University Library

    • Branch Libraries: Durham University - Queen's Campus Library, Stockton
    • Central Library: Durham University - Main Library
    The Durham University Library is the centrally-administered library of Durham University in England. It was founded in January 1833 at Palace Green by a 160 volume donation by the then Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert and now holds over 1.5 million printed items. The University Library comprises four separate libraries: After the donation by Bishop William Van Mildert, a suitable location to house the library's stock had to be founded and thus a gallery had to be constructed onto the Cosin's Library (a Diocesan library founded in 1669 by Bishop John Cosin located on Palace Green) in 1834. The original Cosin's library is still located at Palace Green and along with its collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books became under the trusteeship of the University Library in 1937. Cosin's Library is a grade one listed building and is located in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The internal architecture and decoration are also of international importance. The original portrait panels located above the bookshelves were painted by Jan Baptist van Eerssell in 1668-9, further portraits hang in the library including half portraits of English statesmen. Nearly three hundred
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    Leduc Public Library

    Leduc Public Library (LPL) is a publicly funded library institution in the city of Leduc, Alberta, Canada. Memberships are available free to citizens of Leduc and rural citizens of Leduc County. In keeping with the spirit of barrier-free access to information, the Leduc Public Library removed charges for membership fees for citizens of Leduc and rural residents of Leduc County in September 2005. The library's collection contains over 54,000 items. The library is a member of Yellowhead Regional Library (YRL) and the Regional Automation Consortium (TRAC). Patrons have access to about 15 million items in over 230 Alberta libraries through our participation in The Alberta Library.
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    Thomas Crane Public Library

    Thomas Crane Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Thomas Crane Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Thomas Crane Public Library Central Library
    The Thomas Crane Public Library is a city library in Quincy, Massachusetts. It is noted for its architecture. It was funded by the Crane family as a memorial to Thomas Crane, a wealthy stone contractor who got his start in the Quincy quarries. The Thomas Crane Library has the second largest municipal collection in Massachusetts after the Boston Public Library. Also, the library hosts many community programs, performances, and lectures as well as housing Quincy's local Public-access television cable TV channel, QATV. In fiscal year 2008, the city of Quincy spent 1.41% ($2,690,878) of its budget on the library—some $29 per person. The Thomas Crane Public Library was built in four stages: the original building (1882) by architect H. H. Richardson; an additional ell with stack space and stained glass (1908) by William Martin Aiken in Richardson's style; a major expansion (1939) by architects Paul A. and Carroll Coletti, with stone carvings by sculptor Joseph A. Coletti of Quincy; and a recent addition (2001) by Boston architects Childs, Bertman, and Tseckares, which doubled the size of the library. H. H. Richardson considered this library among his most successful civic buildings, and
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    Austin Public Library

    Austin Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Austin Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Austin Public Library Central Library
    The Austin Public Library is a public library in Austin, Minnesota. It is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the SE Minnesota library region.
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    Brampton Library

    Brampton Library

    Funded by the City, the Brampton Library is a system of public libraries in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. In the 2003 Ontario Public Library Week (October 20 to 26), the library was rebranded with a new logo, and a change in name. The system changed from the Brampton Public Library to the simpler and more direct Brampton Library. The shorter name has had mixed reception, with many patrons still referring to it by its old name, out of habit and the lack of need to refer to it differently. There are currently two interim sites, the Northeast and Northwest Interim Sites, located to relieve the pressure temporarily on the library system created by rapid residential development in the northeast and northwest of Brampton. Recently the library added a service called Chapter-A-Day to its offerings. The service allows library patrons to receive a chapter from their favourite genre of book, each weekday. Cathy Matyas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Brampton Library, a position that replaces that of Executive Director. As early as 1858, a library was founded in the Mechanic's Institute, serving the mere 50 people in what was then classified as Brampton. These 360 volumes, plus a federal
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    Connemara Public Library

    Connemara Public Library

    Connemara Public Library at Egmore in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is one of the four National Depository Libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India. Established in 1890, the library is a repository of centuries-old publications, wherein lie some of the most respected works and collections in the country. It also serves as a depository library for the UN. The library's beginnings go back to 1860, when Captain Jean Mitchell set up a small library as part of the Madras Museum in Madras, capital of the Madras Presidency in the British Indian Empire. Hundreds of books had been found to be surplus in the libraries of Haileybury College (where civil servants of the Indian Civil Service were trained in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire) and these were sent to the Madras Government, which in turn handed them over to the Madras Museum. Conceived on the lines of the British Museum Library, it was part of the Madras Museum until 1890, when the need for a free public library prompted the then Governor of Madras, Lord Connemara, to lay the foundation on 22 March 1890. It opened in 1896 and was named after Lord Connemara (by then the former Governor),
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    Free Library of Philadelphia

    Free Library of Philadelphia

    • Branch Libraries: Andorra Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia
    • Central Library: Free Library of Philadelphia Central Library
    The Free Library of Philadelphia is the public library system serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Free Library has 12 million visits annually: 6 million at its 54 locations throughout Philadelphia and another 6 million online at freelibrary.org. Initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Pepper, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered in 1891 as "a general library which shall be free to all." Pepper received initial funding for the Library through a $225,000 bequest from his wealthy uncle, George S. Pepper. However, litigation arose as several existing libraries claimed the bequest. The Free Library finally opened in March 1894 after the courts decided the money was intended to found a new public library. The first location for the Library was three cramped rooms in City Hall. On February 11, 1895, the Library was moved to the old Concert Hall, 1217-1221 Chestnut Street. Library officials, however, criticized their new home as "an entirely unsuitable building, where its work is done in unsafe, unsanitary and overcrowded quarters, temporary make-shifts." These unpopular quarters were occupied until December 1, 1910, when the Library was moved yet again, to the northeast
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    Halifax Public Libraries

    Halifax Public Libraries

    Halifax Public Libraries is the public library system that serves the Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was created in 1996 through a merging of the Halifax, Dartmouth Regional, and Halifax County library systems. It currently operates 14 branches and various home delivery services. Halifax Mechanics' Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred.
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    Lanesboro Public Library

    Lanesboro Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Lanesboro Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Lanesboro Public Library Central Library
    The Lanesboro Public Library is a library in Lanesboro, Minnesota. It is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the SE Minnesota library region. Sunday closed Monday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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    Lester Public Library

    Lester Public Library

    Lester Public Library is a public library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, U.S.A. The library is the result of a project begun in 1890, when members of the Two Rivers Branch of the Chautauqua Reading Circle met to consider the establishment of a public library and reading room. Leopold Mann donated $500 and the land for the building and Mrs. Mary Mann donated an additional $1,000 toward the building on the condition that the new library be named after her late husband, Joseph. On December 17, 1891 the Joseph Mann library opened to the public. The total cost of the library including building, heater, furniture and the initial book collection was $3,363.73. Lizzie H. Yahnke was the first librarian. In 1914, Two Rivers built its new Carnegie library, still called the Joseph Mann Library, but located across the street from the original library. Though extensively remodeled and expanded during the 1950s and 60s, community leaders soon recognized that a more modern and spacious facility would be needed. On May 15, 1995, James Lester, chairman of the Board and CEO of Eggers Industries of Two Rivers, and his wife Barbee offered the Two Rivers City Council $1 million toward the construction of a
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    Logan County District Library

    Logan County District Library

    • Branch Libraries: Logan County District Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Logan County District Library Central Library
    The Logan County District Library is a public library system that serves communities throughout Logan County, Ohio, United States. The system's central library, which is also its oldest and largest branch, is the Knowlton Library, located along Main Street (U.S. Route 68) in downtown Bellefontaine. The Knowlton Library was named for Austin Eldon Knowlton, for whom the school of architecture at Ohio State University is also named. Although the current structure was only completed in 1994, the library has occupied a location in downtown Bellefontaine since its founding in 1901. From 1905 until 1994, the library occupied premises at the intersection of Main Street and Sandusky Avenue (U.S. Route 68 and State Route 47), just south of its current location. Construction of that library building, which is now occupied by Logan County agencies, was financed by Andrew Carnegie. Branch libraries are also maintained in six villages throughout the county: De Graff, East Liberty, Lakeview, Rushsylvania, West Liberty, and West Mansfield. Because of their smaller size, these branches offer fewer services and a smaller selection of books and media. Two other public libraries exist in Logan County:
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    Plainfield Public Library District

    Plainfield Public Library District

    • Branch Libraries: Plainfield Public Library District Central Library
    • Central Library: Plainfield Public Library District Central Library
    The Plainfield Public Library District serves residents and businesses of the village of Plainfield, Illinois and surrounding area. The library district's current population is in excess of 60,000 residents. The library is located at 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield, IL 60544 near crossings of Lincoln Highway and U.S. Route 66 The street numbering convention was recently changed. The library's address under the old system was 705 N. Illinois St. July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007 Registered Cardholders 24,651 Annual Circulation 506,249 Total Holdings 100,000 In 1925, Ebanezer & Celeste Nimmons left a $25,000 estate to either the Village of Plainfield or to Plainfield Township for the establishment of a tax supported public library. On June 9, 1925 the residents of the Village of Plainfield held a special election to vote on the establishment of a tax supported public library. The Nimmons Village of Plainfield Free Public Library, commonly referred to as the Village Library, creating a tax supported endowed Library. The first elected Board of Directors was: Stephen Wylie, Clinton Hartong, Robert Wolfe, Clyde Wolf, Grace Jones-Smith, and Eugenia Hadlock. The Village Library opened its
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    St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

    St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

    • Branch Libraries: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Central Library
    • Central Library: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Central Library
    The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is significant because of its construction, the American landscape paintings and books from its original role as a public library and free art gallery, and funding by Horace Fairbanks, manufacturer of the world's first platform scale. The art collection contains a number of Hudson River School paintings. This building retains a strong, Victorian (French Second Empire) flavor of the 19th century. It is one of about ten athenaeums in the United States. When the library opened, the collection consisted of 9,000 books selected by bibliographer William F. Poole. In 1873, Fairbanks added a small art gallery. This is now one of the few art galleries in the United States that features late 19th century Victorian-style design which highlights intricate paint/stencil schemes, detailed moldings, creative natural lighting, and unique painting installations. The walls and floor are black walnut. The art gallery is lighted naturally from an arched skylight in the ceiling. Cases on two sides of the room contain art books in tooled leather bindings. Gilt-framed paintings are displayed. One hundred works of art are displayed. Besides originals
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    Tsing Yi Public Library

    Tsing Yi Public Library (Chinese: 青衣公共圖書館) is a public library on Tsing Yi Island, Hong Kong. It is classified as Major District / District Libraries under the system of Hong Kong Public Libraries. Before the library was established, Hong Kong Government provided the islanders with only mobile library service. After the completion of phase IV of Cheung Hong Estate, Tsing Yi Public Library was established on the ground floor of Hong Shing House of the estate on 21 March 1986. Although the library was small, it had one children's library, one adult library and one reference library. The population of Tsing Yi Island continued to grow rapidly in 1980s and 1990s towards 200,000 as new housing projects were completed in the new town. The Regional Council decided to build a new library which was suggested in new town planning in 1980s. On 2000-01-31 the library moved to the current location, Tsing Yi Municipal Services Building. The library is on a single floor and is more spacious than the old library. Computing facilities and a newspaper reading room was introduced to the library. As the Council was disbanded, the library is then managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services
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    Twin Lakes Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Twin Lakes Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Twin Lakes Library System Central Library
    The Twin Lakes Library System is a single-county public library system that services the citizens of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, Georgia with two facilities. The library system provides the public access to books, eBooks, movies, music, periodicals, and computing access at both facilities. Planned to be a place of "recreation, inspiration, and information," then Mayor George S. Carpenter commented, "the time has come when Milledgeville must plan for the future if she expects to grow and remain a progressive city." With a $25 monthly appropriation toward the establishment and maintenance of the library by the City, plans were earnestly made to provide Milledgeville with its first public library. In 1938 Mr. Julian Stanley offered a vacant building that he owned located on Hancock Street, the Elks Building, as the home for the new library and assisted in the renovation process. On January 18, 1938 the library opened its door to the public as The Baldwin County Library. Within the first year of operation, the Baldwin County Library had the largest circulation of books in its area with a total circulation of 1,388. In July 1948, the Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a
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    Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

    • Branch Libraries: Las Vegas Library
    Las Vegas–Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) is a library district headquartered in the Windmill Library at 7060 W. Windmill in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The system that services Clark County, including Las Vegas; the system does not operate branches in Henderson and North Las Vegas. However, the North Las Vegas Library District does contract with LVCCLD for automation services. This enables the North Las Vegas Library District's items to appear in the online catalog of LVCCLD. All of the urban branches offer free Wi-Fi and all branches offer free internet access. In addition to loaning literature to the public, the library district provides: The system has urban branches and outlying branches.
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    Parliamentary Library of Ukraine

    • Branch Libraries: Parliamentary Library of Ukraine Central Library
    • Central Library: Parliamentary Library of Ukraine Central Library
    The National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Національна парламентська бібліотека України, translit.: Natsionalna parliaments`ka biblioteka Ukrainy) is one of the national libraries of Ukraine, one of the largest libraries of the country. It was opened in 1866 as the city's public library. Main building of the library on 1, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Street on the European Square in the center of Kiev was built in 1911, by the architects Z. Kliave and A. Krivosheyev. During the library's 140 years of existence, it has obtained over 4 million items in its collection (which started out as a private collection). During its existence, it has collated a large collection of early prints, and rare and valuable books. During the Second World War, the library suffered serious damage and more than 50,000 publications were taken out from its stock. The library building was set on fire by retreating Nazi troops in November 1943, and during only one night of burning, the library lost more than 300,000 editions including 7,000 manuscripts, rare books and pre-revolutionary periodicals. Since 1944, the library collection was rebuilt anew.
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    Santa Clara County Library

    The Santa Clara County Library District is a public library system headquartered in Los Gatos, California. The library serves the communities and cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, and all unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In addition to these libraries, the library provides mobile library service with two bookmobiles visiting preschools, retirement communities, migrant farmworker camps, and rural communities without easy access to library services. The Santa Clara County Library District has been recognized seven years in a row by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings as one of the leading libraries delivering outstanding and cost effective service. As of 2005, the Santa Clara County Library had a combined collection totaling 1,681,588 items and served a combined population of 405,225. Member libraries include Campbell Library, Cupertino Library, Gilroy Library, Los Altos Library, Woodland (Los Altos) Branch Library, Milpitas Library, Morgan Hill Library, and Saratoga Library. There is also a Bookmobile to serve residents who may experience difficulty traveling to a community library. In July 1914, Santa
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    Fort Bend County Libraries

    Fort Bend County Libraries

    Fort Bend County Libraries is a public library system in Fort Bend County, Texas (USA). The library system, headquartered in the George Memorial Library in Richmond, operates two libraries and nine branches throughout Fort Bend County.
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    Paris Carnegie Public Library

    Paris Carnegie Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Paris Carnegie Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Paris Carnegie Public Library Central Library
    The Paris Carnegie Public Library was opened to the public on June 24, 1904. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is still home to the Paris Public Library in Paris, Illinois, located in Edgar County. The 1904 establishment of the Paris Carnegie Public Library came out of a small library started by the Paris Women's Club and facilitated by an $18,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The building was dedicated on June 24, 1904 at the Christian Church in Paris, following the dedication celebration the library was first opened to the public for inspection. The library, upon opening, was home to over 3,000 volumes. The process of securing a Carnegie Library for Paris was described by Dr. E.O. Laughlin, a member of the city council in Paris when the library was granted to the city. "The idea of securing a Carnegie Library for Paris crystallized in the Ferris drug store, which served the purpose of a popular club in the ‘90’s and later. It was presided over by the genial Dr. Edmund Ferris, veteran of the Civil War, who talked well, listened better, and whose hospitality was such that he never thought of closing the store as long as one guest would remain," Laughlin
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    Bennington Free Library

    Bennington Free Library is a public library in Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont. According to 2000 Census figures as reported by the Vermont Department of Libraries, Bennington Free Library serves a population of 18661, with staffing hours equivalent to 10.77 full-time employees. Recent newsletters indicate three employees with an American Library Association accredited Masters of Library Science. Also, volunteers provided an average of 24 hours of services per week. In 2004 the 11,511 square foot (1069 m²) library reported having a collection of 55,202 books (38,219 adult books, 16,983 juvenile books), or about 2.96 books per capita. In addition the library had 2601 videos and 3968 audio items, for a total collection size of 61,771. The library subscribed to 161 periodicals, 15 of them juvenile. The number of registered borrowers was not reported. Patrons visited the library a total of 87,742 times, or 4.70 visits per capita. It circulated 77,679 books (50,195 adult, 27,484 juvenile) or 4.16 items per capita. A total of 10,677 reference transactions were also handled. 406 items were requested from other libraries through inter-library loan, 376 lent to other libraries. The
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    Biblioteca Argentina Dr. Juan Álvarez

    Biblioteca Argentina Dr. Juan Álvarez

    The Biblioteca Argentina Dr. Juan Álvarez is a public library in Rosario, Argentina. It is the more important library in the city and in the province of Santa Fe. The library houses 186,000 books. It has three floors and includes a reading room for 190 people, a reading service for the blind, and photocopy and free Internet services. There is also a children's section, a multimedia library, and a bookbinding section. A newspaper and magazine annex (Hemeroteca) is located on a separate building around the block. The library was founded in 1913 by judge and historian Juan Álvarez (1878–1954), who in 1909 addressed mayor Isidro Quiroga: "In this city of 200,000 inhabitants there is not a single public library that is capable of fulfilling with dignity the role assigned to such establishments." On 1909-10-11 the project was authorized and the construction began at the Patio del Mercado, across Pasaje Centeno (now a small street called Pasaje Juan Álvarez). The library was officially inaugurated on 1912-07-24. At the time the Head of the La Plata University, Joaquín V. González, stated in a lecture what was to be the motto of the library, "To know is to love, to ignore is to hate.";
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    Fairfax County Public Library

    Fairfax County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
    • Central Library: Fairfax County Public Library
    The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) is a public library system headquartered in Suite 324 in the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) has ranked the system among the top 10 libraries in the United States (for its size of 500,000+ residents) five times in the past 10 years. According to the library's timeline, the first Fairfax County Library opened in 1939. As of September 2010, there are 23 library branches, eight of which are regional branches, 14 are smaller community branches, and one which assists people with disabilities. The library also oversees the county's Archives and Records Management Branch. The library's service area spans both the county and Fairfax City, serving nearly half a million registered users. The library system is the largest in Virginia in terms of population served (over one million people between Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax). In the library's 2010 fiscal year (through June 2010), nearly 14 million items were borrowed from its collection of nearly three million books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and other
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    Homer Public Library

    Homer Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Homer Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Homer Public Library Central Library
    The Homer Public Library is located at 500 Hazel Avenue in Homer, Alaska, and has five full-time and three part-time staff. The director of the library is Ann Dixon who succeeded Helen Hill in 2011. The same year the library was rated by Library Journal as one of 262 star libraries in the US. The library is aided by an advisory board and Friends of the Homer Library. Construction of a new library building started in 2003 and ended in 2006. It was opened to the public September 16, 2006, covers 17 000 feet and costed a total of $8,8 million to construct. It was funded primarily through Government grants ($3,813,000), a 30-year USDA Rural Development loan ($2,200,000) and various foundation grants ($1,336,000). The building was awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The library is only the third LEED building in Alaska and the second to achieve the silver rating. LEED certification encourages the use or reuse of local materials which meant, among other things, that an old gym floor from the Kenai High School was used for countertops. The architecture firm, ECI/Hyer, has received several awards for the building: In 2005, the library was investigated by
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    Kettleson Memorial Library

    • Branch Libraries: Kettleson Memorial Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Kettleson Memorial Library Central Library
    Kettleson Memorial Library is the public library for Sitka, Alaska. Kettleson Memorial Library open on the 20th of March 1923 under the name of the Sitka Public Library. Previous European-language libraries in Sitka had either destroyed or been sold to other libraries on the north west coast of North America. The library was moved ten times and survived fire twice. The library was moved to into its current building in 1968 after a gift from Theodore Kettleson, a San Diego resident and shareholder in Sitka Cold Storage, enabled local organizers to begin raising funds from state and federal sources to construct a concrete building. It receives about 100,000 guests annually and houses a collection of 75,000 books, audiobooks, music recordings, reference resources, videos (DVD and VHS) as well as an assortment of Alaskan and national periodicals. Its annual circulation is 133,000. It has the largest per capita circulation in the state of towns with populations over 2,500 people. The library is well known by visitor populations for its view. The large windows in front of the reading area look south across Eastern Channel towards the Pyramids. The youth section of the library has a 100
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    Saint John Free Public Library

    Saint John Free Public Library

    The Saint John Free Public Library incorporated in 1883, was the first tax-supported public library in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, hence the inclusion of "Free" in the title. The Saint John Free Public Library consists of three branches, the central branch in the Market Square complex, East Branch in Westmorland Place and West Branch in Lancaster Mall. All of these libraries are under the Fundy Library Region, which is headquartered in Market Square. St. John Mechanics' Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after being popularized in Britain. It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries after the establishment of free libraries. 1811: New Brunswick’s very first library opened in Saint John in 1811 operated on a subscription basis with a fee being charged for the use of the collections. 1874: Plans for a free public library in Saint John were initiated by the President of the Mechanics’ Institute. 1877: Great Saint John Fire delayed plans for library. 1879: Colonel James Domville, member of council was actively
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    Tuscaloosa Public Library

    Tuscaloosa Public Library

    • Central Library: Main Library
    The Tuscaloosa Public Library is a city/county agency located in the city of Tuscaloosa, serving a population of over 184,035 in Tuscaloosa County in the state of Alabama, USA. The Library has 58,037 registered patrons that use the library on a regular basis. There are currently over 225,000 items (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) cataloged in the system. The library currently has three service outlets: The Main Library, the Brown Branch and the Weaver-Bolden Branch. An 1879 article in The Tuscaloosa Times marks the foundation of a library for Tuscaloosa. J.H. Fitts, Esq., endowed it with a subscription of $50.00 in cash and 100 valuable books. A large number of books belonging to the Young Men's Christian Association were turned over to the library and about 500 books were given by citizens. A "commodious room" housed the library, located over the store formerly occupied by Dr. John Little (Tuscaloosa Times). By the early 1900s the library had been relocated to a small one-room affair in the basement of the County Court House. The library soon outgrew the Court House rooms and moved to what is known as "The Old Searcy Home" (at 9th Street and 24th Avenue) in 1926. The library shared space
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    Wells Branch Community Library

    Wells Branch Community Library

    • Branch Libraries: Wells Branch Community Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Wells Branch Community Library Central Library
    The mission of the Wells Branch Community Library is to provide access to reference and reading materials and programs in the form of print or other media to people within the Wells Branch Community and neighboring areas.The Wells Branch Community Library District was created by election on August 8,1998, soon after Texas legislation allowed the establishment of library districts in areas not served by existing library systems.The District collects sales tax revenue of 1/2 % from local businesses. The library also receives fees from meeting room rentals and other services. An elected governing board of 5 trustees manages the funds and operates the library. 
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    Berlin State Library

    Berlin State Library

    • Branch Libraries: Berlin State Library - Branch Library Potsdamer Straße
    • Central Library: Berlin State Library - Unter den Linden
    The Berlin State Library (German: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) is a national library in Berlin, Germany and a property of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. It is the largest and most important academic research library in the German speaking world. It collects texts, media and cultural works from all fields in all languages, from all time periods and all countries of the world, which are of interest for academic and research purposes. Among the more famous items in its collection are the oldest biblical illustrations, in the 5th century Quedlinburg Itala fragment, a Gutenberg Bible, the main autograph collection of Goethe, the world's largest collection of Johann Sebastian Bach's and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's manuscripts, and the original score of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The history of the Berlin State Library closely parallels that of German history. It has lived through creation, neglect, expansion, war damage, division, unification and re-creation like few other libraries. In the early period, the fortunes of the State Library rose and fell on royal whims. In 1658 Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg decreed that his private books be organized,
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    Lexington Public Library

    Lexington Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Lexington Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Lexington Public Library Central Library
    The Lexington Public Library opened in 1905 in Lexington, Kentucky. It incorporated the collection of the former Lexington Library Company (est.1801) and the former Transylvania Library (est.1795). Today the main location of the Lexington Public Library system is Central Library along East Main Street connected to Park Plaza Apartments. Its facade includes rose-colored granite, with large spacious windows facing the street and Phoenix Park. A rotunda in the lobby, the focal point of the building, spans all five floors. Included within the complex is a 144-seat auditorium, meeting rooms and an atrium reading lounge. A cafe and an art gallery are located on the ground floor, and the Friends of the Library book seller is in the basement. The library currently helps its patrons in many ways. There is a book van to help reach homebound citizens, as well as a Book Buddy program that pairs a homebound adult with another adult willing to pick up library materials for them. Materials are available in multiple languages and multiple formats. The library also subscribes to several databases in a wide subject range. One of the more popular areas for researchers is the Kentucky Room on the
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    National Library of China

    National Library of China

    • Branch Libraries: National Library of China Central Library
    • Central Library: National Library of China Central Library
    The National Library of China (simplified Chinese: 中国国家图书馆; traditional Chinese: 中國國家圖書館; pinyin: Zhōngguó Guójiā Túshūguǎn) or NLC in Beijing is the largest library in Asia, and one of the largest in the world with a collection of over 26.3 million volumes of books by 2007. It holds the largest and among the richest worldwide collections of Chinese literature and historical documents. The forerunner of the National Library of China, the Metropolitan Library (京师图书馆, Jīng​shī​ Tú​shū​guǎn​), was founded on 24 April 1909 by the Qing government. It was first formally opened after the Xinhai Revolution, in 1912. In 1916, the library received depository library status. In July 1928, its name was changed to National Beijing Library and was later changed to the National Library. The National Library of China's collection inherited books and archives from the "Imperial Wenyuange Library" collection of the Qing Dynasty and that, in turn, included books and manuscripts from the library of the Southern Song Dynasty. The library also contains inscribed tortoise shells and bones, ancient manuscripts, and block-printed volumes. Among the most prized collections of the NLC are rare and precious
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    New Haven Free Public Library

    New Haven Free Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: New Haven Free Public Library Ives Branch
    • Central Library: New Haven Free Public Library Ives Branch
    The New Haven Free Public Library is the public library system serving New Haven, Connecticut. The system began in 1887 in a leased location but quickly outgrew its space. The Ives Memorial Library is the main branch of the system and is located on the New Haven Green. The neo-Georgian building was designed by Cass Gilbert and finished in 1911. This building was renovated and expanded in 1990. Murals in the main library originated as Public Works Administration projects. Two lunettes in the main hall, designed by Bancel LaFarge of Mt. Carmel, Connecticut, depict scenes from New Haven's history. The Rip Van Winkle murals in the meeting room were painted in 1934 by a team of artists led by Salvatore DiNaio and Frank J. Rutkowski. There is also a set of stained glass windows in the Ives Library designed by David Wilson of South New Berlin, New York including circular and rectangular laylights as well as rectangular and half-round windows. There are also neighborhood branches in Westville (Mitchell), Fair Haven, Dixwell (Stetson) and The Hill (Wilson). The Wilson branch features an art installation by Leila Daw depicting patterns of immigration. The library has hosted many programs for
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    Orange County Library System

    Orange County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Orlando Public Library
    • Central Library: Orlando Public Library
    The Orange County Library System (OCLS) is a public library system located in the Orlando area of Central Florida. OCLS has headquarters in the Orlando Public Library in Downtown Orlando. The System is made up of 15 total locations, one main library (Orlando Public Library) and 14 branch locations. The Orange County Library System is a 501(c)3 organization. Before the Orlando Public Library came into existence, the Sorosis Club of Orlando maintained a circulating library for its members. This collection was initially on the second floor of the Old Armory Building on Court Street and was subsequently moved to the Knox building at Pine and Court Streets. On May 11, 1920, Orlando citizens showed by a vote of 417 to 19 that they wanted a library and were willing to pay for it. Captain Charles L. Albertson, a retired Police Inspector of New York City, and a winter resident of Orlando, had for many years been collecting books at his home in Waverly, New York. In November 1920, Captain Albertson offered his collection to the City of Orlando, on the condition that it furnish a suitable building to house it. The contract between the city of Orlando and Captain Albertson provided that
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    Pierce County Library System

    The Pierce County Library System (PCLS) is a library system serving the residents of Pierce County, Washington. Pierce County Library System has 18 libraries serving more than 555,000 people in unincorporated Pierce County and 15 cities and towns which have annexed to the system for library service. It circulates more than 8.5 million items annually, hosts seasonal youth story times, teen clubs, events for youth and adults, classes for skills development and computer programs, an active summer reading program, and has expanded into online interaction using social software. PCLS had more than 2.6 million visitors in 2010; approximately 244,000 library cards are currently issued. The Pierce County Library System was established by the Washington State Legislature in 1946 as an independent rural library district to serve unincorporated areas of the county as well as towns and cities that annex or contract with PCLS. Over its 60+ years, it has had only three directors: Marion Cromwell, Carolyn Else, and Neel Parikh. The Pierce County Library System Processing and Administrative Center (headquarters) is in the Summit-Waller area, southeast of Tacoma, Washington. The busiest libraries
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    Shaker Heights Public Library

    Shaker Heights Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Shaker Heights Public Library
    • Central Library: Shaker Heights Public Library
    Shaker Heights Public Library is a library district in eastern Cuyahoga County, Ohio serving the city of Shaker Heights and that portion of the City of Cleveland, known as Shaker Square, which falls within the Shaker Heights City School District. This service area encompasses 7.5 square miles (19 km) with a population of approximately 33,000. Shaker Library consists of the Main Library, located at 16500 Van Aken Boulevard, and the Bertram Woods Branch Library, 20600 Fayette Road. In 2008, the library circulated more than 1,365,000 items, making it one of the top ten busiest libraries in the United States on a per capita basis. In 2009, Shaker Library was named a 5-Star Library by Library Journal with the second highest point total for its category in the nation. It was also given a Top 10 ranking in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings with the 17th highest point total, placing it in the top 1% nationally, of all libraries its size or larger. The Shaker Library is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. Board members are appointed by the Shaker Heights Board of Education and serve seven-year terms. The first Library Board met on April 27, 1937 and library service began in
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    Yiu Tung Public Library

    Yiu Tung Public Library (耀東公立圖書館) is a public library, located in Yiu Tung Estate, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong. Facilities: Services:
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    Coquitlam Public Library

    Coquitlam Public Library is a public library that serves Coquitlam, British Columbia and in 2008 had a budget of $4,199,977. The library was established as part of the Centennial School Library in 1969. A public Library Board was established in 1977 and the library moved out of Centennial School and into two branches, Ridgeway and Cottonwood, in 1978. A third branch, Lincoln, in the northeast sector of Coquitlam, was opened in 1981. The Ridgeway and Cottonwood branches were eventually amalgamated when the City of Coquitlam built the Poirier Branch in 1989. The Lincoln Branch was moved to its present City Hall location in 1998. The Poirier Branch was extensively renovated and expanded in 2008-2009. On February 16, 2011 the city announced that it had purchased the ground floor portion of a building two blocks south of City Hall to serve as the new City Centre Public Library. The new location will nearly triple the library's space to 31,000 square feet, and the $15 million cost for the facility and expansion will come primarily from revenues collected from Boulevard Casino. Coquitlam Public Library provides a variety of materials and services, including: The library has two branches:
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    Glendale Public Library

    Glendale Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Glendale Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Glendale Public Library Central Library
    The Glendale Public Library is located in Glendale, California, and serves a diverse community of over 200,000 people. GPL has a total of 7 branches, in addition to the large Central Library, including the unique Brand Library and Art Center. GPL was 100 years old in 2007, and hosted many events and offered new services throughout the year in celebration. According to internal calculations, as of June 30, 2005, GPL owned well over 700,000 volumes of print materials, with a majority (over 400,000) being housed at the Central Library. Not included in those totals are a wealth of currently uncataloged items of local historical importance (photographs and ephemera) and the internationally known "Cat Collection" (including show registries, figurines, etc.). GPL also owns a large body of non-English print materials, (specializing in Armenian titles), as well as a "Genocide Memorial Collection" of works pertaining to many of mankind's worst moments. Library services in Glendale were first provided in 1906. The women of the Tuesday Afternoon Club, a social and philanthropic organization, raised money through a series of lectures to fund a library collection. The library opened in a
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    Greater Victoria Public Library

    The Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) is a public library that serves Victoria, British Columbia and the surrounding area. In addition to services offered at each location, GVPL provides electronic resources (also known as bibliographic databases) to library cardholders through the library's web site. These "E-Resources" include the full text of Canadian newspapers, international magazines (currently licenced through EBSCO Industries), and standard reference works such as the World Book encyclopedia. Prior to 1864, Victoria was served by at least two small, private lending libraries. In 1858, for instance, The Gazette described a library and reading room opened by a Mr W. F. Herre. This private library, located in the Hibben and Carswell Building on Yates Street near the corner of Wharf Street, was "fitted up in a very neat and comfortable style...". It was, the writer conceded, "yet limited, but so soon as the books can be obtained from San Francisco, [it] will be greatly enlarged." The writer further explained that Mr Herre's library "filled a much needed want of the town". Another early library—that of the British Columbia division of the T. Eaton Company—was started in
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    Guildhall Library

    Guildhall Library

    The Guildhall Library is administered by the Corporation of London, the government of the City of London, which is the historical heart of London, England. It was founded in the 1420s under the terms of the will of Lord Mayor Dick Whittington. It was originally housed in the Old Library at the Guildhall, and moved to modern premises elsewhere in the Guildhall complex in the 1970s. The library is a public reference library and specialises in subjects relevant to London. The collection has its greatest depth on topics specifically concerned with the City, but also contains a great deal of material on the other parts of metropolitan London. It is divided into three main sections: printed books; manuscripts; and prints, maps and drawings. The material dates from the 11th century onwards. William Herbert was elected librarian of the Guildhall Library, which had been recently re-established by the Corporation of London, in 1828. He prepared a second edition of the catalogue in 1840, and retired in 1845. David Pearson has been Director of Libraries, Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London since 2009. There are specialist book collections on the following subjects: The
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    Paxton Carnegie Public Library

    Paxton Carnegie Public Library

    Paxton Carnegie Public Library is in the Ford County, Illinois city of Paxton. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is still used by the Paxton Carnegie Library and is open as a public library. This Carnegie Library was established in 1903 with the help of a grant from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. The building was designed by architect Paul O. Moratz of Bloomington, Illinois and its unique architectural features have been preserved throughout its over 100 year history. Construction on the Paxton Library began when the $10,000 Carnegie grant came though; the cornerstone was laid by Harry and George Turner in October 1903. The interior has been restored to its original 1903 appearance, the original furnishings are still in use as is the original oak circulation desk. In 2003 the cornerstone of the library was removed during the 100th anniversary celebration by Harry Turner's grandson, Alan Turner of Paxton. As of November 2006 the library director is Anne Newman and the library has five clerks on its staff. The Paxton Public Library is governed by a nine member board of trustees which meets the first Wednesday of each month. Today, the library
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    Peckham Library

    Peckham Library

    Peckham Library is a library and community building situated in Peckham in south-east London. It was designed by Alsop and Störmer and won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000. It is a striking building best imagined as an inverted capital letter 'L', with the upper part supported by thin steel pillars set at apparently random angles. Various 'pods' house meeting rooms, children's areas and the library's Afro-Caribbean section. The exterior is clad with pre-patinated copper. The Stirling prize judges were impressed with the building's approach. Alsop has taken the plan footprint of a conventional library and elevated it to create a public space beneath the building and to remove the quiet reading space from street level noise. The remaining, supporting buildings on the ground and 1st floors house the information and media centre. The Library opened to the public on March 8, 2000, with an official opening by the Rt Hon Chris Smith, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport on May 15, 2000. The building attracted 500,000 visitors in its first year of opening in the wake of its receipt of the prize. This has dropped to approximately 420,000 for 2006.
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    Pikes Peak Library District

    • Branch Libraries: Penrose Library
    • Central Library: Penrose Library
    Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is public library system serving a population of 508,000 in El Paso County, Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District has resources for children, teens, adults, and seniors. Library resources are available in multiple languages, large print, audio, and video formats. Pikes Peak Library District Foundation and Friends support library funding and advocate for the library branches, and the district as a whole, in their respective communities. The district has free Internet and Microsoft Office access at all locations, free wireless connectivity at most locations, as well as a collection of eBooks and eAudios, email reading lists, and Ask-a-Librarian online reference service. Pikes Peak Library District sponsors three major annual community programs: In addition, district libraries host events such as storytimes, computer classes, and author visits. The district also has an active teen program which offers many opportunities for teens in Colorado Springs. The district includes two main libraries and ten physical branches and a virtual branch, including PPLD also operates 2 mobile libraries .
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    Greene County Public Library

    The Greene County Public Library serves the communities of Greene County, Ohio (located east of Dayton, Ohio). The library system's administrative offices are in Xenia, and other branches are located in Beavercreek, Cedarville, Fairborn, Jamestown, Bellbrook, and Yellow Springs. Greene County Library is a member of the Miami Valley Libraries, one of eleven regional library cooperatives in Ohio. In 2007, the library loaned more than 2.5 million items to its over 90,000 cardholders, making it the 10th busiest library in Ohio. Total holdings are over 607,000 volumes with more than 500 periodical subscriptions. As of 2007, the Greene County Public Library employs 58 full-time and 161 part-time staff. The library system has a bookmobile, from which children borrowed over 26,000 items. Other features of the library system include child care centers, story time, special programs for children and teens, and serving homebound patrons. Greene County’s Public Library System has been named one of the "Great American Public Library Systems" by HAPLR (Hennen's American Public Library Ratings). It has ranked in the top ten in the nation for libraries of its size and population served
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    King County Library System

    King County Library System

    The King County Library System (KCLS) is a library system serving the residents of King County, Washington, United States. Headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, KCLS is currently the busiest library in the United States, circulating 22.4 million items in 2010. It consists of 48 libraries, a Traveling Library Center, a mobile TechLab, and the ABC Express children’s library van. KCLS offers a collection of more than 4.1 million items, including books, periodicals, newspapers, audio and videotapes, films, CDs, DVDs and extensive online resources. All KCLS libraries offer free Wi-Fi connections. The library system began in 1942 when voters in King County established the King County Rural Library District in order to provide library services to people in “rural” areas with no easy access to city libraries. Funding for the library system was provided from the property tax base of unincorporated areas, and from contracts with cities and towns for the provision of library services. Funding measures for the system passed in 1966, 1977, 1980, 1988, 2002, 2004, and 2010. Property taxes account for 94% of revenue today. The KCLS budget for 2012 is $84.8 million. KCLS extends access privileges
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    Malatestiana Library

    Malatestiana Library

    The Malatestiana Library (Italian: Biblioteca Malatestiana), also known as the Malatesta Novello Library, is a public library in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna (Italy). It was the first European civic library, i.e. belonging to the Commune and open to everybody. It was commissioned by the Lord of Cesena, Malatesta Novello. The works were directed by Matteo Nuti from Fano (a pupil of Leon Battista Alberti) and lasted from 1447 to 1452. The Malatestiana Library is the only one in the world, of the type called humanistic-conventual, which has preserved structure, fittings and codexes since its opening for more than 550 years. The main doorway was the work of Agostino di Duccio (1418-1481). The wonderful walnut door dates back to 1454 and was carved by Cristoforo da San Giovanni in Persiceto. Inside, the library shows its geometric design, typical of the early Italian Renaissance. The aula has a basilical shape ("temple of culture"), with three naves which are divided by ten rows of white, local stone columns; the campates are eleven for each aisle, pole vaulted. The central nave is barrel vaulted and ends with a rose under which is the gravestone of Malatesta Novello. The fittings are
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    Mississauga Library System

    The Mississauga Library System (MLS) services Mississauga, Ontario with 17 branch libraries plus the Central Library, which has five floors of material. The Central Library is the biggest and main library of the Mississauga Library System. The Central Library has five floors divided by subject departments (Arts & History, Business, Children's, Reader's Den, Sciences), offers free wi-fi Internet access, and is one of the busiest libraries in Canada. It opened on October 2, 1991, and it is located at 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West. The Library offers many services and programs such as story times, March Break activities and a telephone dial-a-story service. Resources range from advice to parents on choosing books to internet resources for kids.
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    Houston Public Library

    Houston Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Houston Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Houston Public Library Central Library
    Houston Public Library is the public library system serving Houston, Texas, United States. The library system has its headquarters in the Marston Building in Neartown Houston. It can trace its founding to the Houston Lyceum in 1854. After a large contribution from Andrew Carnegie it was chartered as the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library. Houston's first public library facility opened on March 2, 1904. Julia Ideson was named its first librarian. The building constructed as Houston's Central Library in 1926 was later named in her honor. The name was changed to Houston Public Library in 1921. The library system now consists of 35 neighborhood libraries, including four regional libraries; the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, located in the Museum District; and the Central Library, located Downtown. Central Library, often incorrectly called the "Downtown Library", consists of the Julia Ideson Building and the Jesse H. Jones Building (1976). The Jones Building was designed by Seth Irvin Morris. The Jones Building closed for renovations on Monday April 3, 2006. It reopened May 31, 2008. The HPL administrative offices were moved out of the Jones building, freeing 12,600
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    John Steinbeck Library

    The John Steinbeck Library is a public library in Salinas, California. The library was named after writer John Steinbeck in 1969. The library held the Steinbeck archives until 1998 when they were transferred to the new National Steinbeck Center. The library made national headlines in 2004 and 2005 when it, along with the two other libraries in Salinas, were on the verge of closing because of insufficient funding. In 2005, a nationally covered read-in drew citizens as well as authors to the library to raise awareness about the potential closure. This national publicity, as well as private funding, saved the library. Had the libraries closed, Salinas would have been the largest city in the United States without a library. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/04/national/04library.html
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    North of Boston Library Exchange

    The North Of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) is a cooperative effort of 28 libraries in Boston's northern suburbs to improve library service through automation. Seventeen public library members, nine college libraries and one special library are members of NOBLE. NOBLE was the first automated resource sharing network in Massachusetts and the first Massachusetts library network on the Internet. It was established in 1980 by five libraries sharing their circulation system. By 1995, NOBLE served 32,000 college students, 522,000 residents and kept a database that featured more than 2.3 million items. NOBLE is governed by its member libraries who approve the annual budget, establish NOBLE policies and elect officers. An Executive Board, composed of the four officers and five at-large library directors more closely oversee NOBLE operations. A professional staff manages operations. NOBLE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and is recognized as a charitable organization by the Mass. Attorney General's office. NOBLE Member Libraries Public Libraries: Special Library Academic Libraries:
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    Pickering Public Library

    Pickering Public Library

    Pickering Public Library is the library system of Pickering, Ontario, Canada. 2008 Statistics: The office of librarian in Brougham dates back to 1841. The third by-law passed by Pickering Township Council on 4 Jan, 1841 resolved that " a librarian be appointed in order to make the books given by Mrs. Small (Mr. Small was the sitting member of Parliament) available to the public. Mr. Andrew Thomson, Tavern Keeper was appointed to the post. The Mechanics Institute was actually the first library in Brougham and was active prior to 1895. Mr. Bodell kept books in his shoe shop to be loaned to villagers and local farmers. These books were mostly classics and technical books. On March 4, 1922 a library board was formed and it moved that the members organize under the Public Libraries Act. The motion was carried and the Brougham Association Library was conceived. On April 30, 1922 Mrs. T.C. Brown was appointed librarian. The library collection was moved to her home and she was paid 5 dollars for rent, 5 dollars for her services and the township gave a grant of 40 dollars. Members were charged a fee of 25 cents. Mrs. Brown remained the librarian for 30 years and was succeeded in 1952 by
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    Westlake Porter Public Library

    Westlake Porter Public Library

    The Westlake Porter Public Library serves western Cuyahoga County and eastern Lorain County, Ohio. The library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road in Westlake, Ohio.Westlake, Ohio. In 2009, the library loaned more than 1.47 million items to its 34,000 cardholders. Total holding are over 176,000 volumes with over 500 periodical subscriptions. In 1884, Leonard Porter willed the sum of $1,000 to the establishment of a public library in Dover Township, Ohio (which became Westlake Township in 1940, and the City of Westlake in 1957) and a collection of books to be housed within. Circulation records date back to 1893, when the average circulation per week was 24.083 books, or about 1,252 books per year. As Dover Township grew, so did its library. The town passed a tax revenue agreement in support of library funds in 1897. Porter Library sponsored debates, meetings and social functions in the 1900s. An Ice Cream Saloon was held on alternate Saturdays. The library extended its collection and services to the Dover Township schools in 1920. In 1933 the permanent legislation enacted by the Ohio State Legislature allocated proceeds from personal property tax to the boards of library trustees.
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    Sycamore Public Library

    Sycamore Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Sycamore Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Sycamore Public Library Central Library
    The Sycamore Public Library, in Sycamore, Illinois, was erected in 1905 in the former location of Mansion House, Sycamore's oldest structure. Construction began in May of that year and the library officially opened to the public on Thanksgiving Day, 1905. The library joined the National Register of Historic Places in May 1978 with the rest of the Sycamore Historic District. The library still operates, as of 2010, as the Sycamore library. The library was erected with the help of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1905.
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    Iowa City Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Iowa City Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Iowa City Public Library Central Library
    Established in 1896, the Iowa City Public Library has served the people of Iowa City, Iowa, for over a century. Currently located in a new facility at the intersection of College and Linn Streets on the downtown pedestrian mall, ICPL serves a population 69,000 residents of Iowa City, and through contract, residents of unincorporated Johnson County, University Heights and Hills. ICPL has approximately 67,000 cardholders. The idea to establish a Library, to provide a room for reading and games for the local young people, came about in 1896, when Iowa City had already existed for fifty-seven years. At this time, there were approximately 7500 residents and 1300 students attending the University of Iowa. When the Library first opened its doors on January 21, 1897, it contained 1300 books and twenty magazines and newspapers. It was located at 211 Iowa Avenue, and took up two rooms above a steam laundry. Over the years, the Library would move or modify its location five times: in 1901, to 212 East College Street; in 1904, to a Carnegie library at 212 South Linn Street; in 1963, when an addition was added to the Carnegie library; and in 1981, to 123 South Linn Street. On June 12, 2004,
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    Seattle Public Library

    Seattle Public Library

    • Central Library: Seattle Public Library
    The Seattle Public Library (SPL) is the public library system serving Seattle, Washington, USA. It was officially established by the city in 1890, though there had been efforts to start a Seattle library as early as 1868. There are 26 branches in the system, most of them named after the neighborhoods in which they are located. Also included are Mobile Services and the Central Library (opened 2004, designed by Rem Koolhaas). The Seattle Public Library also founded, and until July 2008 administered, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL). All but one of Seattle's early purpose-built libraries were Carnegie libraries. Although the central Carnegie library has now twice been replaced, all the early 20th century purpose-built branches survive, although some have been subject to significant alterations. Ballard's former Carnegie library has held a number of restaurants, antique stores, etc., but the others (such as the Fremont Branch and Green Lake Branch) have been modernized, and remain in use as libraries. The Seattle Public Library system consists of the Central Library and 26 branches and a mobile library system. As of 2011 the library contained about 930,000 books.
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    Simon Fairfield Public Library

    Simon Fairfield Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Simon Fairfield Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Simon Fairfield Public Library Central Library
    Simon Fairfield Public Library is a public library in Douglas, Massachusetts. James M. Fairfield was one of seven sons born to Simon and Phoebe Churchill Fairfield in Douglas, Massachusetts. He spent his boyhood with his close friend George Jepherson on his family's farm in South Douglas. He left Douglas at an early age and went on to accumulate great wealth from real estate in the city of Lawrence. His friendship with George and his love of this town remained with him for most of his life. Sometime during 1902 after discussing his wealth and what to do with it he and his friends decided to build a town library in Douglas. After visiting the Uxbridge Free Public Library they decided to give the town a lasting memorial to his parents. This landmark in history became the Simon Fairfield Public Library. At a town meeting in 1903 the voters decided to accept this gift. The acceptance included a provision that the control and government of the library and the real estate be permanently vested in an eight-member board of trustees, three to be elected and five to be appointed.Fairfield appointed the first five to be Charles J. Batchellor, Winfield S. Schuster, Walter B. Fairfield, Aaron
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    Sno-Isle Regional Library System

    Sno-Isle Libraries is the main Library service in Island and Snohomish County (excluding Everett) in the state of Washington. The origin of Sno-Isle Libraries dates from 1944 when the Snohomish County Rural Library District was established by a vote of the residents living in the unincorporated areas of the County. Following a successful demonstration of library service in Island County, the residents there voted to establish a library district. The joint Boards of County Commissioners created the Snohomish-Island Inter-County Rural Library District in December 1962. The library Board of Trustees selected the name Sno-Isle Libraries to reflect the common interest of providing quality library services to the residents of both counties. The library is funded by a property tax levy on all properties in the unincorporated areas of both counties, and cities that have annexed to the library district. The Sno-Isle Libraries is governed by a board of seven trustees who are appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Commission to serve for seven years without compensation. The Trustees are responsible for approval of the annual budget, as well adoption of polices and
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    UCLA Library

    UCLA Library

    • Branch Libraries: Charles E. Young Research Library
    The library system of the University of California, Los Angeles is among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America and has in its collection over eight million books and 70,000 serials. The UCLA Library System is spread over 12 libraries, 12 other archives, reading rooms, research centers and the Southern Regional Library Facility, which serves as a remote storage facility for southern UC campuses. It is among the top 15 largest library systems in the United States and its annual budget allocates $10 Million for the procurement of digital and print material. It is a Federal Depository Library, California State Depository Library, and United Nations Depository Library. The University Library at Los Angeles was founded in 1883, two years after the establishment of what was then known as the California State Normal School. The library's first acquisition was Survey of Wyoming and Idaho by Dr. Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden In 1910, Elizabeth Fargo began her tenure as the university's first librarian and by 1919, the University Library was operated by a staff of four. By 1931, the Library had collected 24,000 volumes and was ranked 36th in the country by the Princeton Library
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    Anchor Point Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Anchor Point Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Anchor Point Public Library Central Library
    The Anchor Point Public Library serves the community of Anchor Point, Alaska. It has one employee and its collection includes approximately 12,600 items.
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    Birmingham Central Library

    Birmingham Central Library

    Birmingham Central Library is the main public library in Birmingham, England, and the largest non-national library in Europe. It is managed by Birmingham City Council. The main section, containing the music library, other collections, and Birmingham Reference Library is located on several floors over Paradise Circus, with the main entrance and lending library in a wing fronting Chamberlain Square. A new Library of Birmingham is currently being constructed in Centenary Square and will replace Central Library upon completion in 2013. Birmingham City Council plan to demolish Central Library once its replacement is complete. In 2010-11 Central Library was the second most visited library in the country with 1,197,350 visitors. Special features include the Boulton and Watt collection, the Bournville Village Trust Archive, the Charles Parker Archive, the British Institute of Organ Studies archive and the Railway and Canal Historical Society Library. The specialist Shakespeare Memorial Room was designed in 1882 by John Henry Chamberlain for the previous Central Library. It contained several early William Shakespeare folio editions. When the old building was demolished in 1974 Chamberlain's
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    Caledonia Public Library

    Caledonia Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Caledonia Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Caledonia Public Library Central Library
    The Caledonia Public Library is a public library in Caledonia, Minnesota. It is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the SE Minnesota library region. Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon, 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: Noon - 6:30 p.m. Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon, 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday: Noon - 6:30 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon (First Saturday of Month)
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    Calgary Public Library

    Calgary Public Library

    The Calgary Public Library is a distributed library system featuring 18 branch locations including the Central Library. It is the second most used system in Canada (after the Toronto Public Library) and the sixth most used library system in North America. This is despite the fact that the Calgary Public Library is only 21st in per capita funding in the country, receiving as little as half the money of other Canadian public libraries. The Calgary Public Library Board of Trustees was established on May 18, 1908. R. B. Bennett, who would later serve as Prime Minister of Canada, was among the five people appointed to the board. The first public library opened on January 2, 1912, thanks in part to the generosity of American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie funded $80,000 of the $100,000 cost of Calgary’s Central Library, (now renamed the Memorial Park Branch), pressuring City Hall to fund the rest. The building was the first purpose-built public library in Alberta. It was designed by Boston architects McLean & Wright, and built out of local Paskapoo Sandstone (a soft stone that today presents a substantial preservation challenge). This library branch is a copy
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    Davenport Public Library

    Davenport Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Davenport Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Davenport Public Library Central Library
    The Davenport Public Library is a public library located in Davenport, Iowa. With a history dating back to 1839, the Main Library is currently housed in a 1960s building designed by Kennedy Center architect Edward Durell Stone. The Davenport Public Library system is made up of three libraries—the Main Library at 321 Main Street; the Fairmount Branch Library at 3000 N. Fairmount Street; and the Eastern Avenue Branch Library at 6000 Eastern Avenue. The library began with a reading room in the Le Claire Hotel established in 1839. Another reading room and circulating library were announced in an 1853 article in the Davenport Gazette. The library eventually leased an entire building. Although then named the Young Men's Library Association, it was managed by the community's women. In 1877, one of them—Clarissa Cook—pledged $10,000 to the library for the construction of its own building if property were obtained for the construction by the citizens. After successfully raising the funds to purchase a lot, the city laid the cornerstone for the Cook Memorial Building on November 7, 1877. The library eventually outgrew its space. Even though the Library Association no longer had to pay rent
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    George A. Smathers Libraries

    George A. Smathers Libraries

    • Branch Libraries: Price Library of Judaica
    The University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries is one of the largest university library systems in the United States. The system includes eight of the nine libraries of the University of Florida and provides primary support to all academic programs except those served by the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Previously the Health Science Center Library was also separate, but it was integrated into the Smathers Libraries on July 1, 2009. The current Dean is Judith C. Russell. All of the libraries serve all of the university's faculty and students, but each has a special mission to be the primary support of specific colleges and degree programs. As is common in research libraries, library materials are housed in a variety of locations depending upon discipline. The three largest libraries cover an extensive range of disciplines while the smaller libraries focus on three or fewer disciplines. Together the Libraries hold over 5,300,000 cataloged volumes, 7,200,000 microforms, 1,000,000 documents, 550,000 maps and images, and 20,000 computer data sets. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections primarily in support of graduate
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    Golda Meir Library

    Golda Meir Library

    • Branch Libraries: Golda Meir Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Golda Meir Library Central Library
    The Golda Meir Library is the main library of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The Library has more than 4.5 million catalogued items, many of which are available electronically through Electronic Reserve, web-based online catalog, searchable databases and indexes. The building was first constructed in 1967 and then expanded with the addition of the East Wing in 1974 and conference center in 1987. The Library was named for Golda Meir, the fourth Prime Minister of Israel, who graduated in 1917 from the Milwaukee State Normal School, an institution to which UWM traces its lineage. The library's largest collection is the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL), the "foremost geography and map collections" in the US, which houses a vast number of historical and detailed maps, many rare and valuable books, research and technical reports, photographs, satellite images, digital data, and relevant serials. Other special collections of the library include the Morris Fromkin Memorial Collection, Hebraica and Judaica Collection, the Slichter and Hohlweck Civil War Collections, the Frank and Mary Ermenc Slovenian music collection, the Harry and Dorothy Jagodzinski Franklin Delano
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    Helen Kate Furness Free Library

    • Branch Libraries: Helen Kate Furness Free Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Helen Kate Furness Free Library Central Library
    The Helen Kate Furness Free Library is a public library in Nether Providence Township, Pennsylvania and a member of the Delaware County Library System. Open to all, it is primarily used by Nether Providence and Rose Valley residents. The library is located at 100 N. Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. As of October, 2006, the library has reopened after a major expansion construction project. This community library which is free and open to the public depends on direct donations and funding by the residents of Nether Providence and Rose Valley for its primary financial support.
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    Kalamazoo Public Library

    Kalamazoo Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Kalamazoo Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Kalamazoo Public Library Central Library
    The Kalamazoo Public Library is an independent district library in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that serves about 120,000 people, has a salaried staff of 90, and spends about $10 million annually. The library consists of the central branch downtown, and four branch libraries. Kalamazoo Public Library was founded in 1893. The building was designed in the Romanesque Revival style, with several wings and towers filled with windows to capture natural light. Ulysses Wheaton built the structure, which stood for 65 years. In 1958, construction began on a new building inspired by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, a two-story, 1930s-era building near Paris, whose second level seems to float on columns surrounding a recessed ground floor. Designed by Louis C. Kingscott, Inc., and built by the Miller-Davis Company, the building opened in 1959, and combined the library and a museum. In 1998, a new 4-story library building opened, which stands today at 315 South Rose Street in downtown Kalamazoo. Bookmobile service, which began in 1956, was discontinued March 31, 2010. The Kalamazoo Public Library is technology friendly. All of the catalog data are computer based. The library also offers computers for use
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    Millicent Library

    Millicent Library

    • Branch Libraries: Millicent Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Millicent Library Central Library
    Millicent Library in Fairhaven, Massachusetts was donated to the town by the family of Millicent Gifford Rogers, the youngest daughter of Abbie Gifford and wealthy industrialist Henry Huttleston Rogers. Young MIllicent had died of heart failure in 1890 when she was barely seventeen years old. The library was dedicated on January 30, 1893. While her family resided in New York City, where her father was a key man in the Standard Oil Trust, young Millicent Rogers and her sisters and brother had been happy vacation and weekend habitués of the little town from birth, and with their parents, both of whom were themselves Fairhaven natives—had spent happy, care-free hours there among relatives and friends, in particular communion with both maternal and paternal grandparents. Millie dearly loved to sketch and read. She is to have once said on a visit to Fairhaven "I wish we had a good library! When she died at such a young age, her grieving family sought an appropriate means of memorializing her short life. Because she had been an avid reader, especially of poetry, the Rogers decided that they would build and donate to the town of Fairhaven a library named for her and given in the names of
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    San Francisco Public Library

    San Francisco Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Western Addition Branch Library
    • Central Library: San Francisco Library Main Branch
    The San Francisco Public Library is a public library system serving the city of San Francisco. Its main library is located in San Francisco's Civic Center, at 100 Larkin Street at Grove. The first public library of San Francisco officially opened in 1879, just 30 years after the California Gold Rush. Since then, it has moved several times. The first three branches were opened from 1888 to 1889, in the Mission, in North Beach, and in Potrero Hill. In 1877 a residents' meeting was called by Andrew Smith Hallidie who advocated the creation of a public library for San Francisco. A board of trustees for the Library was created in 1878 through the Rogers Act, signed by Governor of California William Irwin, which also created a property tax to fund the Library project. The San Francisco Public Library opened in 1879 on Bush Street at Kearny Street and hired Albert Hart as the first librarian. In 1888 the Library moved to the Larkin Street wing of City Hall in Civic Center. In 1889 the Library became a Federal depository by nomination of Senator George Hearst. In 1906, architect Daniel Burnham presented his plans for a new Civic Center for San Francisco, including a new library building.
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    West Florida Regional Library

    • Branch Libraries: West Florida Regional Library Main Library
    • Central Library: West Florida Regional Library Main Library
    The West Florida Public Library System is an organization of libraries that serve the Pensacola, Florida area, with branch libraries in Escambia County, Florida. The Library System currently has approximately 360,000 books, 36,000 audio resources, and 14,000 video resources in circulation. In addition to its branch libraries, the Library System operates a mobile library, the "Bookmobile", which visits a number of areas in Escambia County each week. The Escambia County branches and the Bookmobile are funded primarily by the City of Pensacola and Escambia County. The branches also receive aid supplement funds from the State, as well as federal grant money. The West Florida Public Library System is administered by the West Florida Public Library Board, which is made up of nine members, three of which are appointed by the Pensacola City Council and the Escambia County Commission. While several libraries in Santa Rosa County (including the Gulf Breeze, Jay Navarre & Milton branches) used to be a part of the West Florida Regional Library system, they have since parted ways, hence the name change to 'West Florida Public Library'. Currently all branches have computers for cardholders to
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    Alaska State Library

    The Alaska State Library and Historical Collections is located in Juneau, Alaska, with an office in Anchorage (61°13′08″N 149°53′19″W / 61.2190°N 149.8886°W / 61.2190; -149.8886 (Alaska State Library, Anchorage Office)) featuring the Talking Book Center.
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    Buckham Memorial Library

    Buckham Memorial Library

    • Branch Libraries: Buckham Memorial Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Buckham Memorial Library Central Library
    The Buckham Memorial Library is a public library in Faribault, Minnesota. It is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the SE Minnesota library region. 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.: Tues 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Sat
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    Chekhov Library

    Chekhov Library

    Chekhov Library in Taganrog (full name The Central Municipal Public Library named after Anton Chekhov, Russian: Центральная городская публичная библиотека имени А.П.Чехова) is the oldest library in the South of Russia. The public library along with a small bookstore were officially inaugurated on May 23, 1876 by the Governor of Taganrog Admiral Johan Hampus Furuhjelm. The City Council gave to the library some of its vacant offices on Grecheskaya Street. Before, there were only private libraries and libraries at the Boys Gymnasium, Mariinskaya Girls Gymnasium and the Taganrog Naval School. In March 1878, the Public Library moved into another building granted by the City Council on Petrovskaya Street. Among the first subscribers were the future world-famous writer Anton Chekhov, historian Pavel Filevsky, Vladimir Bogoraz, artists Seraphima Blonskaya and Dmitri Sinodi-Popov. Andrei Drossi, the classmate of Chekhov wrote later in his memoirs: ..every Sunday and every holiday we came early in the morning in the city library and spent there hours and hours, forgetting about food, sitting and reading magazines.... At that time, Anton Chekhov lived in Taganrog alone, as the whole family
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    Detroit Public Library

    Detroit Public Library

    • Central Library: Detroit Public Library
    The Detroit Public Library (DPL) is the second largest library system in Michigan by volumes held (after the University of Michigan Library), and is the 20th largest library system in the United States. It is composed of a Main Library on Woodward Avenue, which houses DPL administration offices, and twenty-three branch locations across the city. The Main Library is part of Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places adjacent to Wayne State University campus and across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Detroit Public Library was constructed with Vermont marble and serpentine Italian marble trim in an Italian Renaissance style. His son, Cass Gilbert, Jr. was a partner with Francis J. Keally in the design of the library's additional wings added in 1963. Among his other buildings, Cass Gilbert designed the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, the Minnesota State Capitol and the Woolworth Building in New York City. A stand-alone public library in Detroit dates back to 1865. An 1842 state law requiring the Detroit Board of Education to open a library resulted in a public reading room
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    Minuteman Library Network

    Minuteman Library Network

    The Minuteman Library Network, founded in 1984, is an organization of 41 public and academic libraries in eastern Massachusetts (not including Boston, that immediate area is served by the Boston Public Library, sometimes considered one of the most important libraries nationwide) that share resources, patrons and services. The Network has over 1,171,000 titles and 622,000 members. Because of the shared resources, borrowers are given access cards to any library in the Network. It also provides for the delivery of material requests between member libraries.
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    Queens Borough Public Library

    Queens Borough Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Queens Borough Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Queens Borough Public Library Central Library
    The Queens Library, also known as the Queens Borough Public Library, is the public library for the Borough of Queens and one of three library systems serving New York City. It was the No. 1 library system in the United States by circulation, having loaned 21 million items in the 2007 fiscal year. It was named “2009 Library of the Year” by Library Journal. According to its website, the library holds about 6.6 million items, of which 1.2 million are at its central library in Jamaica, Queens. Dating back to the foundation of the first Queens library in Flushing in 1858, QL has become one of the largest public library systems in the United States, comprising some 62 branches throughout the borough. Since 1994, it has had high annual circulation, and it is the second largest library in the country in terms of the size of its collection. QL serves Queens' population of more than 2.2 million, including one of the largest immigrant populations in the country. Consequently, a large percentage of QL's collections are in non-English languages, particularly Spanish. QL is separate both from the New York Public Library, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, and the Brooklyn
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    City of Playford Library Service

    • Branch Libraries: Playford Library Smithfield
    • Central Library: Playford Civic Centre Library
    The City of Playford Library Service is the public library service of the City of Playford which is located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. The City of Playford Library Service consists of the branch Libraries at Elizabeth and Smithfield, the Mobile Library Service and the Home Library Service and operates a total of 95 hours over 7 days. As of October 2011 the Library has over 66,000 registered borrowers and a collection exceeding 107,000 items. The Elizabeth South Public Library was opened on 4 December 1957 by Sir Thomas Playford, making it the first free municipal public Library to open in Adelaide. Sir Thomas was the first to join and become Member No 1A in Library No. A1! Subsequent branches were constructed over the intervening years: The first Munno Para Library was opened on 5 February 1966. In 2005 the Elizabeth Civic Centre and Munno Para (Smithfield) branches opened in their present premises. In December 2007 the Playford Library Service celebrated its 50th birthday. This included a celebration event involving past and present staff including the first chief Librarian, Warwick Dunstun and a well attended community birthday party. The Smithfield
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    Cleveland Public Library

    Cleveland Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Cleveland Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Cleveland Public Library Central Library
    The Cleveland Public Library was founded in 1869 and is located in Cleveland, Ohio. It operates the Main Library on Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland, 28 branches throughout the city, a mobile library, a Public Administration Library in City Hall, and a library for the blind and physically handicapped. Librarian William Howard Brett opened the library's first stand-alone children's room on February 22, 1898. Effie Louise Power was appointed Cleveland's first children's librarian. In 1915, the Cleveland architectural firm of Walker and Weeks won a competition to design a new library building. Construction of their classical Renaissance design, delayed by the First World War, began in 1923 under Linda Anne Eastman. Eastman (1867–1963) was the first woman to head a major U.S. city library system and a pioneer in the modern library system. She opened bookshelves to patrons, replacing the New York Public Library system in which a librarian fetched the books. The Main Library consists of two buildings. The older wing, completed on May 6, 1925 and renovated between 1997 to 1999, has five stories, each as high as two stories in most buildings. The renovations included the restoration
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    Columbus Metropolitan Library

    • Branch Libraries: Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library
    • Central Library: Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library
    The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), located in the capital city of Ohio, opened its doors in 1873 in the New City Hall in downtown Columbus. This library is one of the most-used library systems in the country and is consistently among the top-ranked large city libraries according to "Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings." Led by Larry D. Black from 1984 to 2002, the redeveloped CML was formally reopened in 1991 by U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush. Excellent customer service was Black's continual objective. CML was rated the No. 1 library system in the nation in 1999, 2005, 2008, and 2010. It has been in the top four every year since 1999 when the rankings were first published in American Libraries magazine, often challenging up-state neighbor Cuyahoga County Public Library for the top spot. CML was named Library of the Year by the Library Journal in 2010. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in fiscal year 2005 CML patrons borrowed more than 16.5 million items, made 8.4 million visits to the library and asked nearly 1.2 million reference questions. The library serves an area of more than 870,000 residents and has a collection of 2,500,000 books and
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    Phoenix Public Library

    Phoenix Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Burton Barr Central Library
    • Central Library: Burton Barr Central Library
    The Phoenix Public Library is a municipal library system serving Phoenix, Arizona, and operated by the City of Phoenix. There are 16 branches currently in operation citywide, anchored by the flagship Burton Barr Central Library on the northern edge of downtown Phoenix. Four of the 16 locations were designed by prominent local architect Will Bruder: the Burton Barr central library, the Cholla branch location at Metrocenter Mall, the Mesquite branch at Paradise Valley Mall, and the Agave branch in far northwest Phoenix. The library traces its origins to 1897 when a group of citizens decided to raise funds for a library. In 1904, industrialist Andrew Carnegie donated money for a library building on Washington Street near the state capital; this building is still in operation as a museum, archives and research center operated by the State of Arizona. With the explosive growth of Phoenix after World War II, new branches were added citywide. A Central Library was opened in 1953 (replacing the Carnegie Library as Phoenix's main library location), but replaced by the aforementioned Burton Barr Central Library in 1995 (its building is now part of the Phoenix Art Museum).
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    Poudre River Public Library District

    Poudre River Public Library District

    • Branch Libraries: Poudre River Public Library District Central Library
    • Central Library: Poudre River Public Library District Central Library
    The Fort Collins Public Library is the public library of the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, US and an administrative department of the city government. The library as an institution dates from the late nineteenth century when a collection was housed on South College Avenue in downtown. In 1903, the library acquired its first dedicated structure by a donation from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was the sixth public library in the state. The Carnegie Library building, located in Library Park (formerly Lincoln Park) was used to house the library collection until 1974, when the current Main Branch was constructed on the east side of Library Park. The former Carnegie Library now houses the Fort Collins Museum. In the 1990s, a second branch of the library was constructed on Harmony Road in southwest Fort Collins. The library has an extensive collection on the history of Fort Collins and Larimer County. The library maintains the Barton Early Childhood Center and, in partnership with Front Range Community College, the Harmony Library. The library also participates in innovative cooperative projects with the local school district and Colorado State University. The library holds about
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    Stony Plain Public Library

    The Stony Plain Public Library is a publicly funded library in the city of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. The Stony Plain Public Library started as a project of the United Church Young People's Club. It first opened in January 1945 on 50th Street with 500 books on the shelves. The collection has now grown to over 55,000 volumes. The library has moved over the years from the hotel dining room, to the Town Hall, to above the Fire Hall, to the Community Centre, to the former Recreation Office on 51st Avenue, and ultimately to its present location in Forest Green Plaza. The Stony Plain Women's Institute sponsored the library when it came under the Alberta Libraries Act in 1948. Stony Plain Public Library is a member of the Yellowhead Regional Library and The Alberta Library. The Stony Plain Public Library is governed by a 10 member library board representing both the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County, Alberta. The sources of funding for the library include the Town of Stony Plain, Parkland County, Alberta Municipal Affairs, generous donations from within the community, and fundraising drives put on primarily by the Friends of the Stony Plain Public Library. Stony Plain Public
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    Twinsburg Public Library

    Twinsburg Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Twinsburg Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Twinsburg Public Library Central Library
    The Twinsburg Public Library is located in Twinsburg, a community located northeast Summit County, Ohio, roughly halfway between Akron and Cleveland. It began as the Samuel Bissell Memorial Library in 1910 but its name was changed in 1931 to comply with new laws regarding tax funds. It is currently a school district library associated with the Twinsburg City School District. In 1993 the library moved to its current location at 10050 Ravenna Road in Twinsburg in order to accommodate its rapidly growing collection and the need for audiovisual and computer rooms. Today the library serves a population of just over 20,000 and surpassed the one million mark in annual circulation in 2006. The library consistently achieves top-10 HAPLR (Hennen's American Public Library Ratings) rankings, and is a member of CLEVNET, a major consortium of public libraries that together provide access to over 11 million items to the Cleveland area and the rest of Ohio.
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    Chicago Public Library

    Chicago Public Library

    • Central Library: Harold Washington Library
    The Chicago Public Library (CPL) is the public library system that serves the City of Chicago in Illinois. It consists of 79 branches, including a central library, two regional libraries, and branches distributed throughout the city. The American Library Association reports that the library holds 5,721,334 volumes, making it the 30th largest library in the United States by volumes held and the ninth largest public library system in the United States by volumes held. The Chicago Public Library is the second largest library system in Chicago by volumes held (the largest is the University of Chicago Library). The library is the second largest public library system in the Midwest, after the Detroit Public Library. In the aftermath of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, Londoner A.H. Burgess, with the aid of Thomas Hughes, drew up what would be called the "English Book Donation," which proposed that England should provide a free library to the burnt-out city. The Chicago Public Library was created directly from the ashes of the great Chicago Fire. After Chicago’s Great Fire of October 8, 1871, A.H. Burgess of London proposed an “English Book Donation." Burgess wrote on December 7, 1871 in the
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    Dallas Public Library

    Dallas Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
    • Central Library: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
    The Dallas Public Library system serves as the municipal library system of the city of Dallas, Texas (USA). In 1899, the idea to create a free public library in Dallas was conceived by the Dallas Federation of Women's Clubs, led by president Mrs. Henry (May Dickson) Exall. She helped raise US$11,000 from gifts from public school teachers, local businessmen, and A. H. Belo of The Dallas Morning News. The library became a reality when Mrs. Exall requested and received a US$50,000 grant from philanthropist and steel giant Andrew Carnegie to construct the first library building in Dallas. On 30 October 1901, the Carnegie library opened at the corner of Harwood and Commerce streets with a head librarian, three assistants, and 9,852 volumes. The first story held the entire collection; the second floor held the Carnegie Hall auditorium and an Art Room. The art room was the first public art gallery in Dallas and eventually became what is known today as the Dallas Museum of Art. An Oak Cliff branch opened in 1914 to serve the citizens of the area, annexed into Dallas in 1903. Four more branches opened in the 1930s including the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Library, which was the first to serve the
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    Belfast Central Library

    Belfast Central Library is a public library in Royal Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Opened in 1888, it was one of the first major public library buildings in Ireland. A competition for the design of the building was won by architect WH Lynn in 1883 and it was built by H & J Martin builders. Designed to reflect the ambitions of the growing city of Belfast, its architecture is a fine example of public-service building at the height of the Victorian age. On a black granite base, the Dumfries red sandstone exterior with a slightly Italianate feel, houses a three-floor interior with a sweeping staircase, a pillared foyer, and a fine domed first-floor reading room. The top floor originally included a museum and art gallery. The building is a notable part of the 19th century cityscape of modern Belfast. It has survived undamaged through the Belfast Blitz of World War II and the Troubles of the late 20th century. The library is located in the Cathedral Quarter, on the edge of Belfast City Centre and close to the Belfast Campus of the University of Ulster. Two additional buildings were added to the site in the 1960s and 1970s, providing staff accommodation and extra storage. These
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    Hills Memorial Library

    Hills Memorial Library

    • Branch Libraries: Hills Memorial Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Hills Memorial Library Central Library
    Hills Memorial Library is the former public library of Hudson, New Hampshire in the United States. It was erected in memory of Ida Virginia Hills by her husband, Dr. Alfred Hills, and her mother, Mary Field Creutzborg. The land had been previously donated by Kimball Webster for the express purpose of building a public library. The new building was designed by architect Hubert G. Ripley, built during the winter of 1908-09 and opened to the public on June 12, 1909. The building itself was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 7, 1984. The town of Hudson closed the facility on May 18, 2009 as the collection was moved to the new George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library. Hudson's first free public library was established in March 1893 by unanimous vote at that year's town meeting. Kimball Webster, Henry O. Smith and Oswald P. Baker were appointed trustees soon after. Later that same year, the town received a bequest from Dr. Adoniram Greeley, whose will provided five hundred volumes for a free library in the town of Hudson to be selected from his personal library of 3000 volumes. The cooperation of his heirs eventually raised the total number acquired from this
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    Ma On Shan Public Library

    Ma On Shan Public Library

    The Ma On Shan Public Library (Chinese: 馬鞍山公共圖書館) is a public library located at 14 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong. It was opened on 2 April 2005 and was built next to the Ma On Shan Park. It occupies an area of 2,200 square metres. It has a characteristic main building that is of cylindrical shape. The library has more than 150,000 books.
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    Muehl Public Library

    Muehl Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Muehl Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Muehl Public Library Central Library
    The Muehl Public Library is located at 436 N Main Street in the city of Seymour, Wisconsin in Outagamie County. The library is a member of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS), which is allied with the Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS). Both library systems share a common computer network and catalog, at http://www.infosoup.org The Muehl Public Library has 6,688 sq ft (621.3 m) of floor space, and over 30,000 items in the collection. The library was originally established in 1901. In 1956 it was relocated to 308 South Main Street. The current building was erected in 1994. In 1901, Mrs. John Stewart, Mrs. Elmer Dean, Mrs. S. G. McCord, and Miss Lotta Griffith collected books and applied to the City Council and the Wisconsin State Library Board to create Seymour's first public library. On December 21st of 1901, the library's first books were checked out in the living room of Mrs. Barton Moss on Main Street. The Fred Rex store is said to have served as the town's first library, until the two rooms above the Seymour State Bank became the library's location. The library was staffed by volunteers until the city hired Miss Cora Lampson as Seymour's first official librarian.
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    Osceola County Library System

    Osceola County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Osceola County Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Osceola County Library System Central Library
    The Osceola Library System is a public library system located in the Kissimmee, Florida area of Central Florida. The main branch is the Hart Memorial Central Library in historic downtown Kissimmee. The system itself has four large branch locations in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Buenaventura Lakes, and Poinciana; two smaller branches in West Osceola (Celebration), and Kenansville; and one annex library in Narcoossee. The Osceola Library System was named FLA's Library of the Year for 2007 for Innovation in Customer Service. Prior to 1989 the system had a cooperative arrangement with the Orange County Library System to provide library service for Osceola County residents. On April 1, 1989 the system began operations as an independent entity offering county-wide library service. Originally consisting of three small branches and a total book collection of approximately 70,000 volumes, explosive growth was experienced over the ensuing years. Since operations began in 1989, the collection has increased to over 343,000 books and a combined audio/video collection of over 13,000. Located in the heart of one of the world's favorite tourist destinations, it has seen library visits increase to almost
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    Portland Public Library

    Portland Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Portland Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Portland Public Library Central Library
    The Portland Public Library is the name of the public library system for Portland, Maine, USA. It is also the name of the city's main library which is located at 5 Monument Square on Congress Street in the Old Port neighborhood of Portland. The system also has three branch locations: Burbank Branch, Peaks Island Branch and Riverton Branch.
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    Rosenberg Library

    Rosenberg Library

    • Branch Libraries: Rosenberg Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Rosenberg Library Central Library
    Rosenberg Library, a public library located at 2310 Sealy Street in Galveston, Texas, United States, is the oldest continuously operating library in Texas. It serves as headquarters of the Galveston County Library System and its librarian also functions as the Galveston County Librarian. Like many institutions in the American South, during segregation the library maintained a separate branch for African Americans. This new library, built in 1905, was added to the western wing of Central High School, the city's high school for African Americans. The Galveston and Texas History Center collects materials relating to Galveston and early Texas. Major manuscript collections include the papers of Samuel May Williams, Gail Borden, John Grant Tod, Jr., and James Morgan; the records of several nineteenth and early twentieth century businesses, including those of I.H. Kempner, Harris Kempner, Henry M. Trueheart, and J. C. League; the records of several organizations and churches in the area; and twentieth-century collections reflecting recent events and activities in Galveston and the upper Gulf Coast. The map collection includes maps and charts of Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean
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    Haines Borough Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Haines Borough Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Haines Borough Public Library Central Library
    The Haines Borough Public Library is the only public library in the Haines Borough area of Alaska. The library was first incorporated by the Haines Women's Club as the Haines Library Association in 1931. The library was moved into new quarters in 1959 and saw additions in 1979 and 1987. In the late 90s a fundraising effort that saw donations from the a large number of local individuals, businesses, the federal government, and numerous philanthropies all chipping in for the construction of new and expanded library. Ground was broken on the project in 2002 and after nearly eight months of construction — with large amount of the labor being volunteered by community members — the library was opened in early 2003. Within two years of its opening, the library saw itself on the pages of Library Journal as the "Best Small Library in America" for 2005. The journal cited its community involvement and the following statistics: The Dragonfly Project features tech-savvy youth mentoring their older community members in use of technology. The innovative project was cited by the Library Journal as a way of maintaining community involvement.
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    Mobile Public Library

    Mobile Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Ben May Main Library
    • Central Library: Ben May Main Library
    The Mobile Public Library is public library system primarily serving Mobile County, Alabama. The system is a department of the city of Mobile and receives funding from Mobile County and the city of Saraland. The Mobile Public Library has roots going back to the 1850s, when it was started as a subscription organization by the Franklin Society. The library was officially established as the Mobile Public Library in 1902 and was originally housed in an antebellum structure at the corner of Conti and Hamilton Street. The library association appealed to city leaders in the late 1910s to provide operating funds for the library and offered to give the city the library property if it would build a new building to house the collections. The city declined to finance the construction of a new building, but did approve funding on 2 April 1918. Due to increasing public demand, on 15 December 1925, the city commissioners voted to schedule a special election on a $250,000 bond issue. The voters approved the bond and, along with a gift of $30,000 from Eli H. Bernheim of New York City, the new library building was constructed. Architect George Bigelow Rogers designed the building in Classical
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    Princeton Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Princeton Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Princeton Public Library Central Library
    The Princeton Public Library, a joint library chartered to serve Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, New Jersey. The Princeton Public Library first opened to the public in 1909, and has since moved three times. The library was originally located at the historic Bainbridge House on Nassau Street, which is the current home of the Princeton Historical Society. It moved to a 1966 building at 65 Witherspoon Street, which was demolished in 2002. The library was then moved to a temporary location at 301 North Harrison Street during the construction of the new 58,000-square-foot (5,400 m), state-of-the-art library, the George and Estelle Sands Library Building, which was opened at 65 Witherspoon Street in April 2004. The new building and the library's new logos and signage were designed by Hillier Architecture. Today, the Princeton Public Library is among the busiest public libraries in New Jersey with over 750,000 visitors annually who borrow 500,000 items, ask more than 83,000 reference questions, log onto library computers 141,000 times annually and attend more than 1,200 programs per year.
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    Rapid City Public Library

    Rapid City Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Rapid City Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Rapid City Public Library Central Library
    The Rapid City Public Library is the system of public libraries in Rapid City, South Dakota. It has two locations, the downtown branch at 610 Quincy Street, and the North location at 10 Van Buren St. The library offers standard services at no charge for citizens of Rapid City and all residents of Pennington County. Library services were first offered in Rapid City beginning in 1879, when a volunteer reading room was organized by community women with $45, donated books and periodicals, and a free subscription to the Minneapolis Journal. In an 1881 charter by the territorial government, the Rapid City Library Association built Library Hall on the corner of 6th and Kansas City Streets on donated land. In 1915, the city began building a Carnegie library building located on the corner of Kansas City and 6th streets in downtown Rapid City, and in 1917 the library collection moved there. The collection eventually outgrew the space, and in 1972 a new building was opened at 610 Quincy St. In 2002, the library added an expansion to house the Juvenile and Young adult collections, as well as provide a covered parking space. In 2008, the Rapid City Public Library opened its first satellite
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    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

    • Branch Libraries: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Central Library
    • Central Library: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Central Library
    The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the public library system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its main branch is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and it has 19 branch locations throughout the city. Like hundreds of other Carnegie libraries, the construction of the main library, which opened in 1895, and several neighborhood branches, was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The Pittsburgh Photographic Library is a photography repository held by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh of over 50,000 prints and negatives relating to history of Pittsburgh.
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    Portage County Public Library

    Portage County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Portage County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Portage County Public Library Central Library
    The Portage County Public Library (PCPL) consists of four branch locations primarily serving the population of Portage County in central Wisconsin. The Main branch public library is located in downtown Stevens Point, WI. The other branches are located in Plover, Almond, and Rosholt. The PCPL is a member of the South Central Library System (SCLS). This membership allows for the sharing of resources between member libraries through a delivery service. The Main branch is located at 1001 Main Street in Stevens Point. It is by far the largest of the four branches. The building is split into three floors with the basement containing the Children's Department, the 1st floor containing fiction, large print, compact discs, audiobooks, DVDs, and VHS collections in addition to the circulation department, and the 2nd floor containing non-fiction, young adult, genealogy, newspaper and magazine collections in addition to the majority of the public internet computers. The Main branch offers a wide variety of services, including programming for children and adults, a summer reading program for children, meeting spaces, study rooms, laptops and multimedia projectors, and guest speakers. The
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    Sewickley Public Library

    Sewickley Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Sewickley Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Sewickley Public Library Central Library
    The Sewickley Public Library is the public library serving the Quaker Valley School District. The library can be found in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a borough that is located 12 miles (19 km) west northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. A community and cultural resource since 1873, the Sewickley Public Library was established to provide free service to residents of the Quaker Valley School District, Allegheny County residents, and qualified non-residents. The Library offers a variety of materials and services to meet your educational, informational, and recreational needs. Owning over 90,000 titles – housing an ever-growing collection of fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, music CDs, audio books, and magazines – the Library also has access to the materials of all other participating Allegheny County Library Association libraries to provide you with as much information as possible. Major Funding is provided by the Quaker Valley School District Partial Funding is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania According to Mr. Bayard H. Christy in a report prepared for the Home and School Association of Sewickley on November 8, 1912, the
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    Vancouver Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Vancouver Central Library
    • Central Library: Vancouver Central Library
    The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the second largest public library system in Canada, with more than 2.8 million items in its collections, 22 branches, approximately 375,000 cardholders, and nearly nine million item borrowings annually. The administration centre, and also the largest branch, known as the Central Branch, is located at Library Square in downtown Vancouver (pictured). In January 1869, the manager of the Hastings Mill, J.A. Raymur, started the New London Mechanics Institute, a meeting room and library for mill employees. In March 1869, it was renamed the Hastings Literary Institute, in honour of Rear Admiral the Honourable George Fowler Hastings. No official records of the Hastings Literary Institute have survived, but it is known that membership was by subscription. The Hastings Literary Institute continued to exist until the Granville area was incorporated as part of the new City of Vancouver on April 6, 1886. Following the Great Fire of Vancouver on June 13, 1886, 400 books from the now-defunct Hastings Literary Institute were donated to the newly-established Vancouver Reading Room. In December 1887, the Reading Room opened at 144 West Cordova Street, above the
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    Hamilton Public Library

    Hamilton Public Library

    • Central Library: Hamilton Public Library
    The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) is a modern public library system that serves a population of more than 500,000 people in Hamilton, Ontario. HPL services include the Local History and Archives department (formerly called Special Collections), which houses an extensive collection of local history resources, and the Learning Centre, which provides access to language materials for new Canadians. In recent years, the HPL’s collection of online resources has expanded rapidly, and now features more than 30 databases covering a great variety of topic areas. Public libraries have operated in Hamilton since the 1830s, although the first branches were privately operated and tended to be ephemeral in nature. Hamilton and Gore Mechanics' Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred. Hamilton city council voted to publicly fund the construction and operation of a library in 1889. This building opened in February 1890. Hamilton was the first city in Canada to erect a new building for the express
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    Lethbridge Public Library

    The Lethbridge Public Library is a public library service that is provided by the municipality of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. It was established in 1919. While it has had as many as three branches at one time, the library currently has two branches. The Lethbridge Public Library includes a bookmobile service with a collection of over 16,000 titles, that travels 6 days a week to locations throughout the city and Coalhurst. The library is a member of the Chinook Arch Regional Library System and The Alberta Library. In 1910, several Lethbridge residents wrote letters to the editor and held meetings to express support for the establishment of a library. The following year, the Lethbridge City Council passed a bylaw for provision of a library to be known as the Lethbridge Public Library. It was not until 1919, however, until the library opened. It first opened in August of the year at the former location of the YMCA at 10 Street and 4 Avenue downtown. The first library board consisted of W. J. Nelson (Chair), H. W. Meech, and Rev. C. E. Cragg, and the first librarians were A. N. Filmer, L. McIndoe and Arthur Frayne. The first building — referred to as the Carnegie Library — created
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    Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

    Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Central Library
    The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is a public library located in Topeka, Kansas. It serves all of Shawnee County, Kansas with the exception of the Rossville, Kansas and Silver Lake, Kansas townships. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is a municipal taxing district authorized by Kansas law. It is governed by a board of trustees consisting of ten members. The library offers many services to the public including homebound delivery, bookmobile services, a homework help center, 177 public computers, meeting rooms, extensive programming and an art gallery. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library was founded in 1870 when the Ladies' Library Association met to start a library. It was not until March 1871 that the doors of the library finally opened in the Keith & Meyers Dry Goods Store. In 1883, the library opened its first permanent building. Edward Wilder, Secretary-Treasurer of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and President of the Library Board, convinced the Union Pacific Railroad and the AT&SFRR to jointly fund a building for the library on the State House grounds. In 1953, the library opened its new building at the corner of 10th and Washburn. In 1970,
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    Allen County Public Library

    Allen County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Allen County Public Library Main Library
    • Central Library: Allen County Public Library Main Library
    Allen County Public Library (ACPL) has been part of the social and cultural fabric of Fort Wayne, Indiana and surrounding communities in Allen County since 1895. Then known as the Fort Wayne Public Library, it served residents with 3,606 volumes out of a room in City Hall. Since its founding, ACPL has grown to consist of the 367,000 square feet (34,100 m) Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne and 13 other branches in the city and outlying communities. The Fort Wayne Metropolitan Statistical Area was acknowledged by Places Rated Almanac in 1998 as holding the highest "reading quotient" of any city in the nation. 1895 – Library opened in City Hall on January 28 with 3,606 volumes. 1898 – Library Board purchased the Brackenridge Home at Wayne Street and Webster Street for $14,000. 1904 – Carnegie-funded library building opened. 1923 – Service to county residents began. Fort Wayne Public Library became Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County. 1944 – Main Library expansion began with purchase of Hollywood Building on Washington Boulevard to house administrative offices. 1952 – Young Adult Department opened in basement of main library, the first such department in the country. 1968 –
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    Chicopee Public Library

    Chicopee Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Chicopee Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Chicopee Public Library Central Library
    The Chicopee Public Library is the public library for the city of Chicopee, Massachusetts. A member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Chicopee Public Library participates in resources sharing and collaboration with all other libraries in the WRMLS system. The Chicopee Public Library owns approximately 109,000 books according to the 2005 IMLS Public Library Report. Additionally they have 4,200 media items and send and receive over 35,000 interlibrary loan requests. In fiscal year 2008, the city of Chicopee spent 1.1% ($1,401,141) of its budget on its public library—some $25 per person. In 1851, Massachusetts towns and cities were authorized by law to designate funds for libraries until 1851. On March 11, 1853, an article was issued: “ To see if the town will take measures to establish and maintain a public library for the use of the inhabitants of the town and appropriate money therefore, as petitioned for by John Wells and others. ” In 1853, The Cabot Institute donated 900 books to the city and opened the first free public library west of Boston. The Cabot Institute was a literary and social club of at least 150 members. Among the members was D.K. Pearson, a
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    Cuyahoga County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow Branch
    Cuyahoga County Public Library has 28 branches that serve 47 communities in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It was ranked the number one public library in the United States among libraries serving populations of more than 500,000 by the Hennen's American Public Library Ratings 2010. In 2009, more than 19 million items were borrowed by its 528,449 cardholders, and 7.6 million visits were made to branches. In May 2006, the Library launched a new website, which Ektron gave its MVP award as the 2006 Best Overall Site in August. The site allows visitors to register online for a new library card, view their accounts and renew items, and apply for library jobs. They can also order tickets for an author series and make contributions to the library's foundation. In May 2006, Cuyahoga County Public Library became the first public library in the nation to provide cardholders with the option of having their library notices delivered via text messaging. As a member of OhioLINK, a consortium of 85 colleges and universities and the State Library of Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library cardholders have direct access to more than 11 million additional items. Also, the SearchOhio consortium among the
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    Dauphin County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Dauphin County Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Dauphin County Library System Central Library
    DCLS is an acronym for the Dauphin County Library System. DCLS provides library service to the residents of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania through a main library in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and seven branch libraries. DCLS is a private, non-profit corporation. It is governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees, five appointed annually by the Dauphin County Commissioners, and twelve elected for three-year terms. The library is a member of the Pennsylvania library system. Library systemL
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    Edmonton Public Library

    Edmonton Public Library

    The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is a publicly funded library in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, available for use by any member of the public. Children are eligible for free library cards, while adults pay an annual fee (though this fee can be waived for low income individuals). University of Alberta students can receive free access using the L-Pass program. In 2009, more than 14.1 million visits were made to the Edmonton Public Library. EPL has more than two million items in its collection including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and online resources. There are 17 branches, the oldest of which is the Old Strathcona Branch (opened in 1913) and the newest is the eplGO site at the University of Alberta's main campus (opened in 2008). The Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton is the main library building, and was opened in 1967. It replaced a Carnegie-funded library built on Jasper Avenue in 1923, which sat on the site now occupied by Telus Plaza. The new library was originally named the "Centennial Library" in honour of the Canadian Centennial in 1967. The building occupies the former site of Market Square, Edmonton's main square and home of the city market from 1900
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    H. F. Brigham Free Public Library

    The H.F. Brigham Free Public Library is located in Bakersfield, Franklin County, Vermont. According to 2000 Census figures as reported by the Vermont Department of Libraries, H. F. Brigham Free Library serves a population of 1215, with staffing hours equivalent to 0.64 full time employees, with no employees having an American Library Association accredited Masters of Library Science. Also, volunteers provided an average of 4 hours of services per week. In 2004 the 792 square foot (74 m²) library reported having a collection of 6804 books ( 3823 adult books, 2981 juvenile books), or about 5.60 books per capita. In addition the library had 475 videos (195 adult, 280 juvenile) and 276 audio items (211 adult, 65 juvenile), for a total collection size of 7555. The library subscribed to 28 periodicals, 3 of them juvenile. The number of registered borrowers was not reported. Patrons visited the library a total of 2964 times, or 2.44 visits per capita. It circulated 5253 items (2797 adult, 2456 juvenile) or 4.32 items per capita. A total of 1040 reference questions were also handled. 119 items were requested from other libraries through inter-library loan, 156 lent to other libraries. The
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    North Bengal State Library

    North Bengal State Library is the largest library in the North Bengal region which is situated in the Cooch Behar city. North Bengal State Library is a pride of Cooch Behar. This library has so many valuable manuscripts and Classic "Punthis" written on hand made papers and palm leaf. There are so many rare books, old journals Indian and foreign rare documents, reports. The treasure is a cultural heritage of Cooch Behar Kingdom. The library has a long history of 125 years. During the minority of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan, Colonel Houghten came to Cooch Behar to act as Commissioner (1864–73). Colonel Houghten established State Library of Cooch Behar in 1870 by purchasing a stock of books at an auction sale of M/S. Rozario and Co., in London. In a room of Nilkuthi the library was started. Later it was handed over to the Maharaja Nripendra Narayan who removed the library to Lansdown Hall which is now the District Magistrate's Office in 1895. In 1882 the library was opened for public use. The library grew richer and larger and became the treasure-island under the direct patronage of Maharaja of Cooch Behar, who sanctioned Rs.2,000 as annual grant for the purchase of books. Different
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    Salt Lake County Library Services

    Salt Lake County Library Services

    • Branch Libraries: Whitmore Branch
    Salt Lake County Library Services is a system of free public libraries serving the population throughout Salt Lake County, Utah. Salt Lake County Library Services is currently ranked 5th in the United States among libraries serving a population of 500,000 or greater. This is the sixth time the County Library System has ranked among the top in the nation. Salt Lake County Library Services began operations early in 1939, when the first location was housed in two school rooms in the old Midvale, Utah School. Small libraries were subsequently established in several county schools. The library was immediately very popular with the residents, issuing library cards to 1,700 patrons between January and April 1939. The first Salt Lake County Library Board was established a year earlier, in 1938, and members included Dr. C. N. Jensen, Dr. Calvin S. Smith, Alf G. Gunn and County Commissioner J. R. Rawlins. Ruth Vine Tyler, a former school teacher and Salt Lake City librarian, was chosen as the first library director. The grand opening of the Midvale Library Headquarters was held on August 9, 1941. On September 1, 1971, Guy Schuurman, former Weber County Librarian, succeeded Tyler as the
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    Sha Tin Public Library

    Sha Tin Public Library

    The Sha Tin Public Library (Chinese: 沙田公共圖書館) is a public library located at 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China. It is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The library was opened on 16 February 1987. At that time, it was called the Sha Tin Central Library (Chinese: 沙田中央圖書館) before its current name was adopted in 2000.
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    Aurora Public Library

    The Aurora Public Library is located in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. The library has a collection of more than 150,000 items and has over 31,000 registered users.
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    Berkeley Public Library

    Berkeley Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Berkeley Public Library - Claremont Branch
    • Central Library: Berkeley Public Library - Central Library
    The Berkeley Public Library is the public library system for Berkeley, California. It consists of the Central Branch, the North Branch, Claremont Branch, South Branch, and West Branch. The Berkeley Public Library opened in 1893 on Shattuck Avenue with 264 books. In 1905 the library moved to another location on Shattuck Avenue at Kittridge Street, into a new brick building funded by Andrew Carnegie onto land donated by Rosa Shattuck. Immediately following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the population surge that resulted, the library opened four other branches throughout Berkeley. A new central library opened in 1934 at its current site and remained the central branch until it was renovated and reopened in 2002. The Berkeley Public Library has available a number of self-checkout machines at all branches. Self-checkout machines are placed inside the library in circulation areas and allow patrons to check out the books themselves by scanning their card and placing the books on the scanning pad. This form of checkout allows for all types of media, from books to CDs to DVDs, and provides the patron with a receipt of the items checked out. CDs and DVDs must be unlocked once checked
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    Brooklyn Public Library

    Brooklyn Public Library

    • Central Library: Brooklyn Public Library
    The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is the public library system of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It is the fifth largest public library system in the United States. Like the two other public library systems in New York City, it is an independent nonprofit organization that is funded by the New York City and State governments, the federal government, and private donors. In Fiscal Year 2009, Brooklyn Public Library had the highest program attendance of any public library system in the United States. The Brooklyn Public Library system was approved by an Act of Legislature of the State of New York on May 1, 1892. The Brooklyn Common Council then passed a resolution for the establishment of the Brooklyn Public Library on November 30, 1896, with Marie E. Craigie as the first director. The first main branch moved among various buildings, including a former mansion at 26 Brevoort Place. Between 1901 and 1923, Andrew Carnegie donated $1.6 million, assisting in the development of twenty one Carnegie Library branches. Brooklyn Public Library's governing board is the Board of Trustees, consisting of thirty eight members, all serving in non-salaried positions. The Mayor and the
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    Cambridge University Library

    Cambridge University Library

    • Branch Libraries: Betty and Gordon Moore Library
    • Central Library: Cambridge University - Main Library
    Cambridge University Library is the centrally-administered library of Cambridge University in England. It comprises five separate libraries: Cambridge University has 114 libraries. Cambridge University Library, referred to within the University as "the University Library" or just "the UL", is the central research library, which holds over 8 million volumes and, in contrast with the Bodleian or the British Library, many of its books are available on open shelves. It is one of the three legal deposit university libraries in England, therefore it is entitled to request a free copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland. It receives around 80,000 books every year, not counting the donated books. In addition to the University Library and its dependent libraries, every faculty has a specialised library, which, on average, holds from 30,000 to 150,000 books; for example the History Faculty's Seeley Historical Library possess more than 100,000 books. Also, every college has a library as well, partially for the purposes of undergraduate teaching, and the older colleges often possess many early books and manuscripts in a separate library. For example Trinity College's Wren Library has
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    County of Los Angeles Public Library

    County of Los Angeles Public Library

    • Central Library: County of Los Angeles Public Library
    The County of Los Angeles Public Library is the 6th largest public library system in the United States which serves residents living in 51 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County, California. United States and those living in unincorporated areas resulting in a service area extending over 3,000 square miles (7,800 km). 'County Free Library Act' (1912) established and authorized the Los Angeles County Free Library, later to become the County of Los Angeles Public Library system of branches. The library system, headquartered in Downey, California, is overseen by the Library Commission of 20 appointed members who report on administration, operation, and service to the County Board of Supervisors who operate County Library as a special fund department. Eighty-six regional and community branch libraries, four bookmobiles, and four special reference/resource centers provide library services to the public. The library system offers consumer health information under CHIPS (Consumer Health Information Program and Services), and four ethnic resource centers that provide specialized resource materials focusing on the American Indian, African American, Asian-Pacific American, and
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    Denver Public Library

    • Central Library: Central Library
    The Denver Public Library is the public library of the city of Denver, Colorado in the United States. Its administrative headquarters is on the seventh floor of the Central Library in Downtown Denver. In 2010, the library had 2,288,842 items in its collection and a library card base of 339,883 local residents. In addition to its Central facility, it has 23 branches and a bookmobile program. The library was established in June 1889 by City Librarian John Cotton Dana in a wing of Denver High School. In 1910, the library acquired a building of its own, called the Central Library, a Greek revival design funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie that was located in Civic Center Park in downtown. Between 1913 and 1920, Carnegie also underwrote construction of the first eight branches of the city library. Previously the city relied on traveling trunks of books. In 1956, the city commissioned a new structure that was located on Broadway and 14th street and built by the firm of Fisher and Fisher/Burnham Hoyt. Burnham Hoyt is the identified architect of the north wing of the central Denver public library, built in 1955. In 1990, 75% of Denver voters approved a $91.6 million bond issue to add
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    Harford County Public Library

    Harford County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Whiteford Branch Library
    • Central Library: Harford County Public Library Central Library
    Harford County Public Library is a public library serving Harford County, Maryland. It has 11 branches (plus one in design phase) and an administration and support services building. The library has an annual circulation of over 4,000,000 materials and serves more than 174,000 registered borrowers. In June 1945, Harford County became the first county in Maryland to implement the new tax-supported Public Library Law. By January 1946, the first Harford County Board of Library Trustees was formed and the old Methodist Church Building on Main Street in Bel Air was bought to provide headquarters for the County library system. At this time work is being done to build a new Churchville Library Branch in Churchville. The Harford County Public Library borrower's card is free and available to a person of any age. Included in the services and materials that the library offers to the community are: books, recordings, audio books, cassettes, playaways, magazines, newspapers, video tapes, public meeting rooms, large-type books, DVDs, compact discs, e-books, puzzles, puppets, oral history, films, copy machines, audiovisual equipment, public access computer catalogs with printers, microfilm
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    Hawaii State Public Library System

    Hawaii State Public Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Hawaii State Library
    • Central Library: Hawaii State Library
    The Hawaiʻi State Public Library System (HSPLS) is the only statewide public library system in the United States. The flagship Hawaiʻi State Library, built in 1911 and designed by architect Henry D. Whitfield, was funded in part by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is a historic downtown Honolulu building. The system has 51 libraries on all the major Hawaiian Islands: Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, Lānaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi and Oʻahu. The system's collection of books and other library materials totals over three million. There is one library for the blind and physically handicapped, located on Oʻahu. The Hawaiʻi State Public Library System is headed by the Hawaiʻi State Librarian, who reports to the statewide Board of Education.
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    Hennepin County Library

    Hennepin County Library

    • Branch Libraries: Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale Branch
    Hennepin County Library is a library system serving the entire population of Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA. The Minneapolis Public Library, a separate system for Minneapolis, existed from its founding by T. B. Walker in 1885 until January 2008. The system currently has 41 branch locations, deposit collections at nursing homes and correctional facilities, mail service to the homebound and extensive outreach services. The Library is a department of Hennepin County Government. The library headquarters are in the Ridgedale Library in suburban Minnetonka. The library system is governed by an eleven-member Library Board appointed by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. The HCL started in 1922 as a horse-drawn "bookmobile" to areas outside the core city of Minneapolis. The system saw a large increase in use in the period between 1950 and 1980 as more people moved into suburban areas of the county. In the early 1970s plans were in place to merge the Minneapolis Public Library with the HCL, however the Minneapolis library system reconsidered and merger plans were put on hold. Ultimately the two library systems reached an agreement and the merger was finalized on January 1, 2008
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    Highland Park Public Library

    Highland Park Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Highland Park Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Highland Park Public Library Central Library
    The Highland Park Public Library is the public library serving Highland Park, Illinois. It is located at 494 Laurel Ave across the intersection from the Metra station. The library has 611,655 circulation items and 23,187 registered cardholders with a total of 361,614 library visits in FY05, who constitute 77% of the city's residents. According to the 2003 Citizen Survey of the City of Highland Park, however, 26,433 (88%) of the residents made use of library services. At the July 7, 1887 meeting of the City Council, a number of citizens presented a petition requesting that the council establish and maintain a public library and on September 14, 1887 the Highland Park City Council adopted an ordinance for the establishment of a tax-supported public library and appropriated $260 annually for its maintenance. Books began circulating from the library on April 7, 1888. In 1903 a commission from the Highland Park Woman's Club contacted Mr. Andrew Carnegie for a financial donation to construct a new library. Mr. Carnegie was willing to donate $10,000 for the construction of a library building in Highland Park, provided that the city owned the site. Mr. Arthur C. Thomson, of Brookline,
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    Kitchener Public Library

    The Kitchener Public Library (KPL) is the public library system for the city of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It has a main branch in the downtown core, and four smaller branches throughout the wider community. The main branch, located in downtown Kitchener, is currently under construction in order to expand and update the space.
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    Louisville Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Louisville Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Louisville Public Library Central Library
    The Louisville Public Library, or LPL, is located in Louisville, Ohio, United States. The library serves the residents of Nimishillen Township and the city of Louisville. The Louisville Public Library was first opened in April 1935. At the time, it was located in what is now the former Louisville Middle School. Since October 1969, the library has been located at 700 Lincoln Avenue.
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    MIT Science Fiction Society

    The MIT Science Fiction Society (or MITSFS) is a literary society and library of science fiction and fantasy books and magazines, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It claims to have the "world's largest open-shelf collection of science fiction," including "over 90% of all science fiction ever published in English." Its collection is available for browsing by the public, as well as for borrowing by members; membership is open to anyone who pays the requisite dues. The collection is financially supported by its membership dues and MIT's Association of Student Activities funding board. Some past members include Durk Pearson, Rick Norwood, Al Kuhfeld, Bill Sarill, Whit Diffie, Geoffrey A. Landis and Guy Consolmagno.
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    Mitchell Library

    Mitchell Library

    The Mitchell Library is a large public library and centre of the public library system of Glasgow, Scotland. The library was established with a bequest from Stephen Mitchell, a wealthy tobacco manufacturer, whose company, Stephen Mitchell & Son, would become one of the constituent members of the Imperial Tobacco Company. It contains a large public reference library, with 1,213,000 volumes. While composed mainly of reference material it also has a substantial lending facility which began in 2005. The original North Street building with its distinctive copper dome surmounted a bronze statue by Thomas Clapperton, entitled Literature, often referred to as Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, opened in 1911. The architectural competition for the library's design took place in 1906 and was won by William. B. Whitie. The Edwardian Baroque building is protected as a category B listed building. The vast majority of the library's collection however is housed in the Extension Building, which was built between 1972 and 1980. Located to the west of the original building. It was originally known as the St Andrew's Halls, which were designed by James Sellars and opened in 1877. It was Glasgow's
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    Muskingum County Library System

    • Branch Libraries: Muskingum County Library System Central Library
    • Central Library: Muskingum County Library System Central Library
    The Muskingum County Library System serves the communities of Muskingum County, Ohio from its administrative offices in Zanesville, Ohio including Dresden, Duncan Falls, New Concord, and Roseville. Muskingum county is located east of Columbus, Ohio, midway to the West Virginia border. In 2005, the library loaned more than 918,000 items to its 73,000 cardholders. Total holding are over 328,000 volumes with over 190 periodical subscriptions. This library is a member of the Southeast Regional Library System in Ohio. Muskingum County Library System
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    Newark Public Library

    Newark Public Library

    • Central Library: Newark Public Library Main Branch
    The Newark Public Library is the public library system for the city of Newark, New Jersey. In 1902 John Cotton Dana became employed at the Newark Public Library in Newark, New Jersey from until his death in 1929. He established foreign language collections for immigrants and also developed a special collection for the business community. This "Business Branch" was the first of its kind in the nation. He also founded the Newark Museum in 1909, directing it until his death. After his death, his successor at the Newark Public Library referred to him as “The First Citizen of Newark”. Six years after his death, the city of Newark appointed October 6, 1935 as John Cotton Dana Day. Rutgers-Newark's main library is named for John Cotton Dana. The Main Library is in the midst of a large-scale expansion and renovation project. The project has been split into three phases, the first of which has already been completed. The first phase of the project was designated to revamp the lobby and install new doors to the entrance on Washington Street. The second phase of the project is not yet under way as the capital to finance the project is still being raised. The second phase will include the
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    North York Central Library

    North York Central Library

    North York Central Library is located in northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the intersection of Yonge Street and Park Home Avenue, north of Sheppard Avenue. The library is located on the west side of Yonge Street beside Mel Lastman Square in the mall of the North York Civic Centre, which until 1998 was North York's City Hall. Its mailing address is 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 5N9. North York Central Library is served by the North York Centre subway station, which is adjacent to the mall containing the library (City Centre North York). North York Central Library is one of the two libraries in Toronto considered to be "Research and Reference Libraries", the other being the Toronto Reference Library downtown. In contrast to the Toronto Reference Library, however, most of the items in the North York Central Library can be signed out. Research and Reference Libraries are the largest libraries in Toronto and have the most extensive collections. It is the largest library in the former city of North York (which is now amalgamated with Toronto). It has 517,600 items in its collection made up of a wide range of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, tapes and other media. The
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    Nunavut Public Library Services

    Nunavut Public Library Services (NPLS) is the public library system serving the citizens of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The libraries which comprise Nunavut Public Library Services exist in three communities: Qikiqtani, Kivalliq, and Kitikmeot. The libraries which comprise the Nunavut Public Library Services offer traditional print materials such as books and periodicals, as well as computer-based electronic resources, educational and commercially-produced films on VHS and DVD, and sound recordings. As many public libraries do, NPLS has its catalog records created out-of-house. Their catalog records are created in MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) by the Library Services Centre of Kitchener, Ontario. (http://www.lsc.on.ca/). Once the items arrive at the headquarters in Baker Lake, their catalog records are imported into the online catalog, and mailed to the libraries for circulation. . The collection of the Nunavut Public Library Services is available to search online at: http://www.nunavutlibcat.nu.ca/. Searches can choose from basic keyword searching to advanced searches. This online catalog also allows users access to other Nunavut libraries, including the Law Library of
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    Orange County Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Aliso Viejo Public Library
    • Central Library: Orange County Public Library Central Library
    The OC Public Libraries (OCPL) is a network of community libraries in Orange County, California. With 34 branches covering the county from the Pacific Coast to the inland canyons of Southern California, OC Public Libraries serves a diverse population of over 1.5 million residents. Administrative headquarters for OCPL are centrally located in Santa Ana, California. The Orange County Board of Supervisors established the Orange County Free Library on December 19, 1919 under state statute. At the time, there were eleven libraries operating in Orange County, including two subscription libraries. Created with a mission to provide free access to library materials for all Orange County residents not served by existing libraries, the Orange County Free Library opened for business on August 21, 1921. That same year the first eight branches opened in the cities of Brea, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Laguna Beach, La Habra, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach and Westminster. In 1967, the name was changed by Board action in 1967 to Orange County Public Library. Renamed the OC Public Libraries by Board action in 2008, the library now operates 34 branches, including two technology branches. OCPL's
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    Portage Lake District Library

    • Branch Libraries: Portage Lake District Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Portage Lake District Library Central Library
    Portage Lake District Library is a public library located in Houghton, Michigan, which serves the city of Houghton and Chassell and Portage Townships. The Portage Lake District Library participates in the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) and is a member of the Superiorland Library Cooperative. Patrons can check out books on a wide variety of subjects from Easy Reading to Adult Nonfiction. The Portage Lake District also includes a room dedicated to Michigan History and Genealogy. The Portage Lake District Library hosts a number of events over the course of the year, ranging from storytime for children to writing workshops and author visits. These events are free and open to the public. Adams and Elm River Townships had been part of the library district until 1997 when they voted to sever their relationship with it. The original location was built in 1909, at the site originally occupied by the Armory Building for Company G of the Houghton Light Infantry, using a $15,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. In 2006 the Portage Lake District Library moved to a new building on the Houghton Waterfront. The former library building became the Carnegie Museum. The Portage Lake District Library's Board of
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    Salt Lake City Public Library system

    Salt Lake City Public Library system

    • Branch Libraries: Anderson-Foothill Branch
    • Central Library: Salt Lake City Public Library
    The Salt Lake City Public Library system is a network of public libraries funded by Salt Lake City. The Free Public Library of Salt Lake City first opened on February 14, 1898. The system is under the direction of a library board and circulates more than three million items each year. There are six locations: the Main Branch library downtown, the Anderson-Foothill Branch, the Chapman Branch in Glendale, the Day-Riverside Branch in Rose Park, the Sprague Branch in Sugar House, and the Corrine & Jack Sweet Branch in the Avenues. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints oversaw many of the libraries in early Salt Lake City and the rest of the Utah Territory, founded in 1850. While many locals tried to promote public lending libraries, private libraries were the most prosperous in early Salt Lake. For many years private libraries were the only ones accessible to the people of the city. Over these territorial years several groups attempted to establish a free public library, including a small group of women called the Ladies Library Association and a Masonic Order in the city. By 1891, the two organizations had acquired a stock of over 10,000 books, but lack of funding forced the
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    Wilmette Public Library

    Wilmette Public Library

    • Branch Libraries: Wilmette Public Library Central Library
    • Central Library: Wilmette Public Library Central Library
    The Wilmette Public Library serves the citizens of Kenilworth and Wilmette, Illinois on Chicago's North Shore. The library was founded in 1901, but traces its origins to private nonprofit lending libraries created as early as 1880. It has occupied several different buildings, including one opened in 1905 which was built with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The current building includes an auditorium which is used for concerts, lectures, travelogues, workshops, plays, seminars and artist receptions. The present building was constructed in 1951 on the site of the original 1901 Carnegie library. The new structure won an architectural award for design from the American Institute of Architects. It was expanded over the years to meet the needs of library patrons, with an expansion in 1988 essentially doubling the size of the building. The library has been an essential part of life in Wilmette, as shown by the fact that 94% of the residents have a library card, far above the national average, and per capita circulation is a high 23 items per capita. The library's innovative creation of online book discussion groups received favorable notice from the American Library Association. The
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