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A public library is a library which is accessible by the public and is generally funded from public sources (such as tax monies) and may be operated by civil servants. Taxing bodies for public libraries may be at the municipal, district covering several municipalities, county, state, or federal level.
Public libraries exist in most nations of the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population. Public libraries are distinct from research libraries, school libraries, or other special libraries in that their mandate is to serve the public's information needs generally (rather than serve a particular school, institution, or research population). Public libraries typically are lending libraries, allowing... more
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