Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “illumination” as “the action of illuminating or state of being illuminated,” going on to provide several additional examples of this definition:
a: spiritual or intellectual enlightenment
b (1): a lighting up (2): decorative lighting or lighting effects
c: decoration by the art of illuminating
A library is a classic example of a resource for intellectual enlightenment, and the Rose Reading Room’s decorative lighting at the New York City Public Library is not so shabby, either!
The American Library Association has created a “Library Bill of Rights” affirming public libraries as important protectors of intellectual freedom and enlightenment.
Library Bill of RightsThe American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of…
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