Books, Buildings and Social Engineering: Early Public by Alistair Black

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By Alistair Black

Books, structures and Social Engineering an enormous effect at the cultural and academic lifetime of the rustic, British public libraries started to be supported by way of neighborhood taxation in 1850 yet their constructions now characterize a tough architectural challenge for plenty of groups. This ebook offers socio-architectural heritage of public library structures from 1850 to 1939.

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Monuments of eternal genius'. 21 Similarly, James Picton was of the opinion that a good library contained books that 'are the exponents of the best thoughts of the noblest men of all ages and nations. They are the steps by which we rise from barbarism to civilisation ... 22 Such statements clearly drew on notion of modernity and progress, specifically the scientific idea that material advance and the growth of knowledge were dependent on the accumulation and testing of ideas over time. But they also reflected a deontological belief in humans' in-built appreciation of culture, as well as their innate qualities; thus, for Andrew Carnegie a library went 'near to the spring of man ...

They also endorsed the doctrine of self-help; Ewart thus saw libraries as 'temples of knowledge' through which 'self-education will receive an impulse which no time or circumstances can control'? However, utilitarianism was not narrowly atomistic. It recognised that the state had a role to play in enabling good citizens to help themselves. If state intervention maximised utility then it could be justified. Money spent on libraries and other educational facilities would be turned into profit when set against the money that would consequently not need to be spent on controlling and containing immoral behaviour, including criminality.

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