chapter  5
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Housing the Collection

WithWilliam S. Pierce

Reader accommodations and public service, the subjects of the two previous chapters, are more important in libraries today than they once were. Only in recent times have libraries made any significant attempt to cater to the needs of their users. The universal requirement throughout the history of libraries has been the housing of the collection, whether it were one of clay tablets, papyrii, books, or video cassettes. This chapter discusses furniture and equipment for housing the collections.