Libraries and the sharing of knowledge have always coveted a special place within the value system of many of our founding fathers. Several of them held a unique reverence, in particular, for books. It can be said that the establishment of Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia Library in 1731 underscores Franklin’s belief of their importance for those living in a free society. Working with a philosophical association named Junto, Franklin and other intellectuals of the day developed the mission for the library. They chose a Latin phrase or motto which roughly translates “To support the common good is divine.”
Thomas Jefferson also played an instrumental role in the fostering and sharing of information within the development of the Library of Congress. His commitment for preserving and providing access to information at an early stage in our country’s history reveals the American values of the freedom of thought and the freedom to disseminate information, two characteristics of our society that lie within the fundamentals of our Independence. We at the Oviatt wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!
Library Hours for the week of the 4th of July are:
- Monday, July 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 3, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 4, Closed
- Thursday, July 5, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Friday, July 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, July 7, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday, July 8, Closed