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Boldly explore

Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), p. 163. Colorized by Susanna J. Magruder. Courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries. Download: jpg | tiff More than a decade ago, in 1996, I prepared a small website telling … Continue reading

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Centers of learning

“Libraries were never warehouses of books. They have been and always will be centers of learning. Their central position in the world of learning makes them ideally suited to mediate between the printed and the digital modes of communication.” – … Continue reading

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In a corner with a book

“I have sought after rest in everything; and found it nowhere except in a corner with a book.” Thomas à Kempis —– Right: The Imitation of Christ by the late-medieval monk Thomas à Kempis remained a popular devotional work through … Continue reading

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A mighty book

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. CIV. —– Below: Robert … Continue reading

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Reading old books

“There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books…. The student… feels himself inadequate and thinks he will … Continue reading

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Books speak of books

“Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, … Continue reading

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