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The Depiction of American Public Libraries in Film

by Tom Goodfellow MA

Hello, welcome to my dissertation on libraries in the movies. It was compiled as part of my MA in Information Services Management at the University of North London, which I completed in August 2000. As such, it can be regarded as a serious piece of academic research. However, I hope it may also be of interest more generally. After all, I produced it in order to avoid writing something altogether more dreary about use of databases in the university library or somesuch.

I have made this work available as Word documents but I hope to find the time to recreate them as html at some stage. Apologies too for the simplistic presentation.

If you require further information on the films referenced, including availability of copies, please refer to the Internet Movie Database (a.k.a. The Best Website in the World).

Should you wish to contact me for comment, discussion or general chat, please do email me. I'd be delighted to hear your views. You can access my more general homepage here.

0. Abstract 8. Libraries and Science Fiction
1. Introduction
2. Methodology
3. Literature Review
4. Libraries as Representations of Research
9. Conclusion
5. Libraries as Cultural Signifiers 10. Bibliography
6. Libraries and Children Appendix 1. Statement of Originality
7. Libraries as Sites of Secrecy
     7.1. Libraries as Sites of Sexuality

Further Reading

If you found this interesting, you might want to check out these sites on a similar theme:

Librarians in the Movies - An Annotated Filmography - 
Libraries and Movies - 
Image of Libraries in Popular Culture - 
The Image of Librarians in the Media - 
Libraries in the Movies - 

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