Throughout its history, the Western library has played a significant role in bringing the book into the hands of Western scholars. That history includes constructs of librarianship, publishing and scholarship as gatekeeping access to knowledge. Exploring significant events in the field from the time of the Lyceum to the present day in the development of repositories of books and their access by scholars allows an engagement with those events from a perspective that makes visible ways in which the production, storage and access of and to books, and scholarship itself, have been brought to the fore, while others have been largely ignored. An examination of current practice has implications for what this may mean for knowledge production ...

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