Historic Videos of Libraries

Hello everyone,

It’s amazing how many historic films are available in the public domain these days, and there are a number of historic videos of libraries now available. Here is a list of some in our latest post on LHRT News and Notes blog:

Historic Videos

From early tutorials on the card catalog to short films that portrayed the importance of libraries in their communities, these films reflect the historical beliefs about library collections and staff.

In addition, you’ll find some “bonus” documentaries, book talks, and LIS teaching videos about recent historiography.

Do you know of other historic library videos that might of interest to library history buffs? Please send me others that you run across and I can add those to the blog as well.

Holiday Best,

4 thoughts on “Historic Videos of Libraries

    • dbs21 December 9, 2017 / 12:24 am

      Thank you so much for this jewel! I have added it to the list.


  1. Lorne D. Bruce December 11, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I should also have mentioned the Huron Country Library video “The Books Drive On” that shows a typical day trip by the bookmobile, Miss Huron, after WWII. The video is a historic look at books and reading as well as agricultural life in Ontario, Canada, communities circa 1947. Unfortunately, the color of the original 16mm film is much reduced now in some sections.

    1/2 hour video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWeqA5wHq1A

    • dbs21 December 11, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks you very much! I have added a link to this one as well, please let me know if you run across others.


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