This edition of the History of Libraries in the Western World represents a substantial revision of the earlier edition, taking into account the "information revolution" that has swept the West since 1945 and the political revolution that swept across Europe beginning in 1986. In addition, recent scholarship has been incorporated throughout the text, with special emphasis on the work centered around the "new history of the book." The bibliographies at the end of each of the twelve chapters have been thoroughly revised to reflect the very considerable new work on library and book history.
Michael H. Harris is professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky and author of 10 books and over 50 papers on library history. He currently serves on the editorial board of Library Quarterly.
Preface I: Libraries in the Ancient World 1. The Origin of Libraries 2. Babylonian and Assyrian Libraries 3. Egyptian Libraries 4. Greek Libraries 5. Roman Libraries II. Medieval Libraries 6. Byzantine and Moslem Libraries 7. Monastic and Cathedral Libraries 8. The Rise of the University, the Renaissance, the Invention of Printing, and the Growth of Libraries in Europe to 1500 III. Modern Library Development in the West 9. European Libraries; Expansion and Diversification to 1917 10. Libraries in America to 1950 11. Modern European Libraries 12. Modern American Libraries Index About the author