On 26 March 1887 Auckland celebrated the opening of its public library with musical items and speeches. Among the speakers was Sir George Grey, whose gift of books and manuscripts formed the heart of the collection. While literate residents anywhere in New Zealand spent many hours reading books, those in the cities had the advantage of libraries and many bookshops.
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