When I was a child, my father would take us to the library - a big black building - every fortnight to change our books and he would never let me borrow the same book twice. The book I loved was about cats being born on a boat. I loved that book but he was a fan of borrowing not owning books. My kids had heaps of books - they got to read their favourites over and over.
Charles Edward Hallé (British, 1846-1914) - "In Fairy Land" ["... The present picture shows a rather 'aesthetically' clad little girl seated on a set of library steps. On her knees is a copy of 'In Fairy Land' (1870), a collaboration between William Allingham, who wrote the verses, and Hallé's old friend Richard Doyle, who was responsible for the illustrations..."]