The Meaning of Libraries by Michael Benson

I am quite certain that no oaths preventing open fires or live animals are required by any of us in today’s libraries. Nonetheless, I believe we should require that each student enter the library and leave with something in return. Perhaps a book or periodical or journal is checked out — other times students come and go with only their notebooks and backpacks. Our challenge is to ensure that each time students on campuses throughout our nation use our respective facilities, they are enhanced in some small way — their knowledge is expanded, their perspective is broadened, their minds are enlightened, their understanding is increased.

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