Harvard University Libraries

Gabel, Gernot U.
November 2008
Bibliotheksdienst;nov2008, Vol. 42 Issue 11, p1155
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The article discusses the history of Harvard University and focuses on the development of its library system beginning with its endowment of 300 volumes by its first president, John Harvard. The Harvard libraries are second only in size to the Library of Congress in the U.S. A "coordination decentralization" initiative in the 1970's linked the dozens of campus libraries, whose accumulating collections and endowments span over three centuries.


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