A Visual History of Public Libraries

In a scrolling, hand-drawn and collaged article by CityLab’s Ariel Aberg-Riger, America’s beloved public library system is indexed from its origin as a “social” amenity for the wealthy and white to now. Currently, public libraries are battling a major federal funding cut under the administration. The public library system is designed to service all and it needs the support of local funding to do so. Because of that, the quality of libraries can differ drastically between communities and they have never needed public advocacy more than now. See Aberg-Riger’s wonderful, artistic explanation at CityLab.