The classic works on the history of libraries are E. Edwards's Memoirs of Libraries (2 vol., 1859, repr. 1964) and Libraries and Founders of Libraries (1865, repr. 1968). See also E. A. Savage, The Story of Libraries and Book-Collecting (1909, repr. 1969); T. Eaton, ed., Contributions to American Library History (1962); R. Irwin, Origins of the English Library (1958, repr. 1981); K. Schottenloher, Books and the Western World (1989); M. H. Harris, History of Libraries in the Western World (4th ed. 1995); K. G. Saur, ed., World Guide to Libraries (13th ed. 1997); American Library Directory 1999–2000 (52nd ed. 1999); L. Casson, Libraries in the Ancient World (2001); M. Battles, Library: An Unquiet History (2003).
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