Library - Laws


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United States

In the United States, state library agencies have oversight of the public library situation within their boundaries. State library legislation has concerned itself mainly with the following topics:

  1. founding of libraries
  2. their administration and supervision by library commissions, etc.
  3. development of school libraries
  4. development of country and rural libraries
  5. development of traveling libraries

Legislative reference bureaus and provision for popular lectures and for educational extension by means of the library are provided for by some states.

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