Public Library: An American Commons is an exhibition and photographic survey of public libraries throughout the United States by San Francisco based photographer Robert Dawson. There are more than 17,000 public libraries in this country. Since Dawson began the project in 1994 he has photographed hundreds of libraries in nineteen states. From Alaska to Florida and from New England to California the photographs show a vibrant, essential yet vulnerable system. This exhibition includes approximately 70 black and white and color photographs of urban, suburban and rural libraries across the U.S.