Public Libraries and their National Policies

International Case Studies


  • John Helling, Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library, USA

Public Libraries and their National Policies is aimed at practicing librarians and scholars with an interest in public libraries. It examines the various models for providing public library services around the world and discusses differences in such areas as funding sources, standards, regulations and use. At a time when public libraries are facing shrinking budgets and increasing pressure to consolidate or otherwise modify their governance structure, this book provides a timely glimpse into international best practices.
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Practicing librarians and academics with an interest in the different governance and policy models being used around the world to deliver public library service; Library and Information Science students who wish to gain background knowledge of international practices.


Book information

  • Published: March 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-679-1


An interesting book that clearly indicates the intricate relationship between the situation of public libraries and their national context., Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
I would recommend this book as a useful teaching material and introduction to library policies to all who teach library programmes., Information Research
Each public-library system is presented in an easily understood case study that is both interesting and informative. […] This work is recommended for anyone interested in understanding the role of public libraries in their communities, but particularly for those who work or study in the library sector., Australian Library Journal

Table of Contents

United States; Canada; South Africa; Senegal; Finland; Sweden; United Kingdom; France; India; Turkmenistan; China; Australia.