The ‘most important branch of the institution’: Libraries of the Mechanics’ Institutes

During his inaugural lecture as president of the Beechworth Athenaeum in 1864, J. B. Castieau identified one of the key functions and priorities of the mechanics’ institutes, arguing that the ‘Library was the main stay and sheet anchor of the Institution’. The selection of books, Castieau believed was ‘[a]lmost the only really, important duty ofContinue reading “The ‘most important branch of the institution’: Libraries of the Mechanics’ Institutes”