Award Date

4-2004

Degree Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

Number of Pages

43

Abstract

Since the origin of public libraries in the United States during the nineteenth century, they have been primarily supported by public taxation, due to their intended purpose of benefiting all of society, and especially the economically disadvantaged. Public libraries are provided in much the same spirit as public education, to uphold the American value that knowledge and information should be equally available to all, without regard to individual ability to pay. The dilemma of how to pay for library services has involved considerable debate in the library community about the implementation of user fees to supplement revenue, as an alternative to taxation.

Keywords

Government aid to libraries; Library users; Public libraries – Finance; User charges

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Policy | Social Welfare

Language

English