The Role of the College Library in Adult Reading
by Arthur T. Hamlin — 1956
College and university libraries are just beginning to meet their important obligation to develop adult readers on campus and in the surrounding community. The neglect of this responsibility had relatively less significance two generations ago when only 4 per cent of the college-age population received any higher education. Now more than a third of the 18-21 age group attend college, and the figure may rise to 50 per cent in the next fifteen years.1 While reading habits are first formed in the home and the school, the college has an opportunity to awaken worth-while interests and to accustom its young adults to the feeding of these interests through the regular and independent use of books.
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