Melvil Dewey

American librarian

Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey (December 10, 1851 – December 26, 1931) was an American librarian and educator, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification, and a founder of the Lake Placid Club.


  • The librarian must be the librarian militant before he can be the librarian triumphant.
    • "The Relation of the State to the Public Library", (1889)
  • The cheapness and quickness of modern methods of communication has been like a growth of wings, so that a thousand things which were thought to belong like trees in one place may travel about like birds.
    • "Field and Future of Traveling Libraries". Home Education Department. Bulletin. State University of New York (1901), (40).
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