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The Munn-Barr report's national system of libraries, 1934

The Munn-Barr report of 1934 was a landmark survey of libraries in New Zealand, funded by the American Carnegie Corporation which gave grants for library research and librarian training.

The authors, Ralph Munn of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, United States, and John Barr of the Auckland Library, devised this tiered national libraries system for New Zealand. It consisted of a centralised national library and regional headquarters serving university, urban and rural public libraries and branches of the Royal Society. The system was not implemented in the structured fashion envisaged in the diagram, but the National Library and its predecessors did distribute books and services to public libraries throughout the country. 

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Julia Millen, 'Libraries - The National Library', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/41629/the-munn-barr-reports-national-system-of-libraries-1934 (accessed 23 November 2017)

Story by Julia Millen, published 22 Oct 2014