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Title: The University library 1838-42
Authors: Cassar Pullicino, J.
Keywords: University of Malta. Library -- History -- 19th Century
Academic libraries -- Malta -- History
Public libraries -- Malta -- History
Issue Date: 1959
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Arts
Citation: Cassar Pullicino, J. (1959). The University library 1838-42. Journal of the Faculty of Arts, 1(3), 213-243.
Abstract: The reform of University studies contemplated in the Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Affairs of Malta, which was published in 1838, included arrangements for the provision of a University Library accessible to the public and housed outside the University building. Education in all its stages was under the control of the University. In those days and the Commissioners hit upon the idea of incorporating the Government Library in Valletta with the educational establishments making up the University of Malta. This idea was not quite new, for Napoleon's Order of the 18th June 1798 had likewise provided for the attachment of the Government Library to the Ecole Centrale that was to replace the University. However, Napoleon's decree had never been put into practice, and the Commissioners' recommendation in 1838 gave rise to an interesting experiment in library administration whose failure was due more to weakness in executing the educational reforms contemplated in other fields than to any defect inherent in the conception of the idea itself.
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