Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Five Laws of Library Science

Ever heard of S.R. Ranganathan? Neither had I until after I was a degreed and working librarian. How did he escape my attention considering he proposed the Five Laws of Library Science in 1931? Worldwide they are accepted by many as the foundation of library philosophy.
  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every reader his [or her] book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the reader.
  5. The library is a growing organism.
At first glance they may seem rather elementary but contemplation reveals their enduring importance. And I use that to introduce "Books are for use." and in some cases perhaps not necessarily for reading.

Check out this website that lists 21 Uses for Old Books.

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