Open Access Graduate Research Paper
An official document from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare states: "The Library Services and Construction Act recognizes the public's need for public library services and the reasons State and local governments have not been able to provide adequate services and buildings. The same document emphasized that the single purpose of the act is "to assist in making public library services available to people who have inadequate services or none at all." To persons in many communities throughout our nation these statements may seem strange because in some localities adequate and even superior library service has been provided for many years. Even though one recognizes that many libraries across our land work from excellent facilities and provide relevant, fast, and reliable services, there are many areas where library service is poor or non-existent. If one agrees with, former President Johnson that, "The central fact of our times is that: Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance." then one must become aware of the weaknesses of the American public library system and note attempts that are being made to improve and extend public library services. The purpose of this discussion is to examine the need for improved library service, summarize the Library Services and Construction Act, and note general and specific improvements that have resulted from the Act. Upon examination, one realizes that the Library Services and Construction Act of 1964 has led to significant improvements in public library facilities and services.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Library Science
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©1972 Kenneth K. Kannenberg
Kannenberg, Kenneth K., "The Library Services and Construction Act: Its Relation to Public Libraries" (1972). Graduate Research Papers. 3191.