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David Pearson on libraries as history

In an age in which information is accessed predominantly online, what purpose do libraries have?

In this lecture, David Pearson will argue for the importance of recognising the lasting cultural value of libraries and books – not only for their content, but for what they tell us as collections and artefacts.

David Pearson is director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the City of London Corporation. He is a past president of the Bibliographical Society and has taught at the Rare Book Schools in the USA and New Zealand.

This Foxcroft Lecture was held on 8 April 2013.