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Library 21 Records, 1989-2001

Identifier: 065

Collection Overview

The collection contains organizational records from the Library 21 committee. It includes information on committee members; meeting agenda, minutes, and planning materials; background research and reference materials; media coverage; information on community involvement; and information on various aspects of study, including site selection.


  • 1989-2001


Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Copyright restrictions

The materials in this collection are believed to be in the public domain. However, it is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections. The copyright law of the United States, Title 17, U.S. Code, governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction of copyrighted material is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research" (17 U.S.C. § 108). If a user makes a request for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable to prosecution for copyright infringement. The Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Library 21 was a citizens’ advisory committee appointed by the Cambridge City Manager in May 1996 to make a comprehensive study of the needs of the community in re-conceptualizing the Cambridge Public Library for the 21st century. The committee was composed of Cambridge residents and city officials. It was co-chaired by Nancy Woods and Richard Rossi. Its goals were to 1) identify the roles and services for a new library system and 2) translate those into physical requirements for a main library building. Library 21 presented its recommendations in a report to the City Manager that focused on public education and outreach. They concentrated during this process on surveying and gathering input from the residents of Cambridge for what services and programs they envisioned for the new library. Their interim report positioned the Committee as advisors to the City Manager during the creation of the new library in order to impart the knowledge they gained during their two year studying of the community and its connection to the library.


2.1 Linear feet

2 Cubic Feet

6 boxes (Hollinger)

1350 Items

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Organization of the Collection

1,350 items arranged into 4 series. Alphabetical within each series.

Series 1: Committee

Series 2: Community

Series 3: Background and Media

Series 4: Site Selection

Custodial History

Most of the records in this collection were donated by Nancy Woods in October 2010. Some of the records were received via internal transfer, including materials seemingly printed from the library’s website in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Di Bella in June 2015. Encoded and finidng aid edited by Moira Mackay under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy in February 2017.


Library 21 Records, 1989-2001
Christine Di Bella (finding aid author June 2015) and Moira Mackay under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy (EAD author and finding aid editor February 2017).
8 June 2015 and February 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138 USA