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Boots Booklovers Library

Early days
The first circulating libraries in the UK were formed during the mid-eighteenth century and allowed books to be borrowed for a specified loan period after payment of a subscription. Several libraries were attached to shops, notably W. H. Smith and Harrods.
The Boots Book Lending service was established in 1898 at the instigation of Florence Boot, initially in the small number of shops which had a stationery department.

The Loganian Library of Philadelphia

James Logan was apparently an already established figure when Ben Franklin and his young chums started in the library business. Logan had a large private library which he had been collecting for about fifty years. He decided to make this into a “public” library and erected the building pictured below in 1745. The editors of the Report state that the Loganian is the first building in the country used exclusively as a library.

A Masters in Library Science: From a Distance

Distance learning continues to evolve. Within the library and information studies community, many combination’s of alternatives to the traditional on-campus program have developed.
Some schools have distributed their program to other campuses with live face-to-face instruction. Some schools are providing instruction via asynchronous learning networks- each student taking coursework at their own pace – to provide a totally online degree.

Discovering Librarianship.

Recently, I have read in some of the major library journals about how concerned library professionals are because there aren

Library Science & Librarians: Current & Historical Contexts

According to a recent study of Library Science, a common notion of the librarians about their own profession is revealed; which indicates lower self-esteem towards their profession. Most of the librarians believe that, they are not respected as a professional group. It also exposed the curriculum designed to educate new library science students on the history of libraries and librarianship, their connection to society, intellectual freedom, and the future of information dissemination.

Book & Book-lovers : A Breif Retrospective

Henry Wessells reviewed this book for The Washington Post.


Illiteracy is a universal problem, and even Europe and America arc not free from this scourge. Illiteracy is not a problem peculiar to South Asia. It is estimated that in 1995 there were 885.1 millions of illiterate people in the world.1 In the 25th September 1989 issue of Newsweek, an article titled “When Europeans can not read” reported that 16 million Europeans are illiterates.


1. Some useful Information
a) Mailing address: Directorate of Archives and Libraries
The National Library of Bangladesh
32,Justice S.M.Murshed Sarani
Agargaon, Sher-e-BangIa Nagar
Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh.
Phone: 9129992,9112733.913S053
Tele- Fax: 880-2-9118704
e-mail :
b) Self-Identity at the main entrance of Library in writing is compulsory,
c) Library Timings:- Saturday to Wednesday : 9 A.M to 8 P.M
Thursday : 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Friday and other Government holidays closed.

Development of Libraries in Bangladesh- A Study of the Historical Route

The communication of ideas is one of the most significant achievements in the history of cultural development of the human race. The library, however, is only one of many means of human communication (Johnson,1973: 1-6) and is considered an important centre for disseminating knowledge. The library development in Bangladesh is closely related with the history of library development in Indian sub-continent.