Report of the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston 1852, p. 20
...access should be had to a City Library, the Trustees can only say, that they would place no restrictions on its use, except such as the nature of individual books, or their safety may demand; regarding it as a great matter to carry as many of them as possible into the home of the young; into poor families; into cheap boarding houses; in short, wherever they will be most likely to affect life and raise personal character and condition.
quoted in A Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations. Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p. 1. See Amazon.com.
See also: Libraries Reach Out, Online. By TIM GNATEK, New York Times December 9, 2004