Personal/Private Library

Personal/Private Library:
From early times people have been collecting books, manuscripts, etc. for personal pride and satisfaction. A bibliophile gets a special pleasure out of book collecting. Quite often he collects books from the point of view of peculiarities in the physique of books.

a) Definition: A personal or private library is a library under the care of private ownership, as compared to that of a public institution, and it is usually established only for the use of a small number of people, or even a single person. It is owned and maintained by individuals for their exclusive use.


b) Objectives: The main objective of a personal library is to collect the reading material of personal interest or of the interest of other family members.

c) Collections: Private libraries in the hands of individuals have become more numerous with the introduction of paperback books.

d) Services: As with public libraries, some people use stamps, stickers, or embossing to show ownership of the items. The earliest libraries belonged to temples or administration bodies, resembled modern archives, and were usually restricted to nobility, aristocracy, scholars, or theologians. Some people donate or sell their private libraries to established institutions such as the Library of Congress, or, as is often the case, bequeath them thereto after death, through a will. Many rare-book collections collected by book lovers have been gifted to libraries or purchased by libraries. These have enabled many libraries to build up splendid collections.

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