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The evolution of public libraries since 7th century BCE (infographic)

Evolution of public libraries 2000s - infographic

The newest infographic from PressReader guides us through the milestones in the development of public libraries.

The first systematically organized and maintained library was founded in Nineveh (contemporary Iraq) by Assyrian ruler Ashurbanipal, in the 7th century BCE.

The oldest continually operating library in the world was established in the 565 CE in Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt, and has the second-largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices, just after Vatican City.

Then, in the 19th century, public libraries gain popularity, and with Dewey classification system the library organization changes forever.

PressReader, a digital media distribution platform, has prepared a timeline of public libraries, from the time Ashurbanipal opened his library in Nineveh till the recent years, when libraries have become much more than just places where you can borrow books.

A time traveller visiting a library today would likely have a tough time wrapping her head around what she was seeing: the 21st century library has evolved far, far beyond its original state as a book repository to become a vital community hub and omnichannel content source.

Click or tap the image to see it in full resolution, and make sure to visit the original post on PressReader blog to read the detailed timeline of public libraries.

Evolution of public libraries 21st century - full infographic

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