I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity, of following his rational pursuits, of consulting the same authorities, of fathoming the most intricate inquiry as the richest man in the kingdom, as far as books go, and I contend that the government is bound to give him the most liberal and unlimited assistance in this respect.

Anthony Panizzi 1836 - Principal librarian of the British Museum

Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?

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