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Public Libraries and their National Policies by John Helling

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China

Abstract: Although its roots extend back to the beginning of the twentieth century, the public library movement in China came of age alongside the Communist movement of the 1920s and 1930s. At first instruments of social control under Mao’s regime, public libraries have since benefited from the liberalization of society, although funding problems persist and no piece of national library legislation has yet been enacted. Vast differences in funding for urban and rural public libraries persist, leading to huge gaps in levels of service across the country. User fees and other restrictions are still common in some parts of China.

Key words

rural library development

non-Western library models

public library funding shortfalls

Historical ...

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