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ERIC Number: ED053774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Pages: 43
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Reference Count: 0
The Effect of the Presence of an Academic Library on the Development of the Public Library. Two Case Studies: Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Mitlin, Laurance Robert
Although presence of a university library is believed to affect the development of a local public library, little research is published on the subject. This study of Chapel Hill, a university-dominated town of 20,000 suggests that public access to the University of North Carolina Library helped delay the establishment of a public library until 1958. A children's library was formed in 1929; children had not been served at the university. The Chapel Hill Public Library occupies a new building and receives sympathetic support, but government monies do not cover the true cost of operations. Durham, N.C., an industrial city of 93,000, opened a public library in 1898 and replaced it with the present Carnegie library in 1923. A site for a new building is reserved, but a bond issue to support it failed in 1968, despite substantial evidence of need. Certain knowledgeable persons attributed some of the indifference to the availability of the Duke University Library collection. Economic and sociological factors may also contribute. (Author)
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Note: (21 References); A research paper submitted to School of Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in partial fulfillment of Master of Science in Library Science