Some recent investigations into the subject of novels and novel‐reading in Public Libraries have led to a very considerable modification of our opinion in the matter. At one time we shared the common belief that every Public Library was a huge repository for the storage of the novels of all times and countries, and that these were read largely to the exclusion of every other form of literature. This opinion is still held, we believe, by many prominent politicians, journalists, librarians, and the rank and file of the opponents of municipal libraries; but it is hoped that this article will completely dissipate the clouds of misconception which have arisen in connection with the subject.
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