Mid-Century Library Posters

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January 22, 2018 Sarah Ashlock

Learning how to navigate a library has always been a learning process. While libraries continued to grow in the 19th century, there wasn't an order to it. A political refugee, Sir Anthony Panizzi, was the British Museum's chief librarian from 1856 to 1866. He emphasized the need for order, specifically a catalog. His approach influenced libraries across the globe.

By the mid-19th century, the concept of using public funds to erect and maintain these buildings of learning was adopted.

100 years later in the 1960s, libraries were part of the cultural movement. The book Using Your Library was first published in 1965 and features 32 dynamic posters to educate children. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections shared some of these posters from their copy of the book, which you can view below.



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