Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Historical Note

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Historical Note

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From The Asheville Citizen, January 2, 1919

The Free Library

The Pack Memorial Library will open this morning as a public institution of the city of Asheville, its privileges free to the people to whom the property was donated. The occasion, for all its lack of ceremony, marks an important step forward by Asheville.

The library is to be operated on the honor system; it belongs to the people and they are to be trusted. Elaborate restrictions intended to circumvent a few possible book thieves would harass the great mass of honest people. And the public should do all in its power to maintain the library on this high plane.

It is urged that the people use the library. It has many possibilities for usefulness to them and they are asked to consult the librarians freely in order to secure the utmost value. Later on the library is to be supplied with books of classes now lacking, but it has an abundance of good material on its shelves at the present time. …

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