It’s National Library Week!


natl library weekNational Library week is celebrated April 13 – 19, 2014 with the theme “Lives change @ your library®.”

Sponsored by the American Library Association, all kinds of libraries – universities and seminaries (like ours), elementary and high school, public libraries and special (corporate, law, medical) all use this week to celebrate the many ways lives can be changed at your library.

The celebrations first began in the mid 1950s – when it was feared that people spent more time listening to the radio and watching television than reading books (I guess only the technologies have changed…).

A few fun facts about our library:

  • The APU Libraries now select electronic books whenever possible. At the end of last year we had more than 87,000 e-books in our collection.
  • The theological holdings of our library (Stamps and the regional libraries in San Diego and Los Angeles) number more than 82,000 volumes.
  • Throughout APU University Library collections, we have more than 370,000 print items (so with the ebooks, above, we have approx. 457,000 volumes).

So now, in line with the theme of the week – how has your life changed in using the library? Any fun stories to share?

Here are a few titles from our collections that celebrate libraries:

battlesBattles, Matthew
Library: An Unquiet History
Norton, 2004.

library2Murray, Stuart
The Library: An Illustrated History
ALA Editions, 2009.

wiegandWiegand, Wayne A. and Donald G. Davis, Jr., eds.
Encyclopedia of Library History
Garland Publishing, 1994



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