Librarians can look back over 1920 with a certain amount of satisfaction. The year was fruitful in hope, in effort, and in useful achievements. It was also marked by restraints which we believe to have been wholesome. They entered the year with the almost bewildering knowledge that the main problem of nearly seventy years—the problem of existence—has assumed another and simpler aspect. The library, so far as local government was concerned, had become something that could be developed to any extent that the local governing body might determine; and the public librarian was not without hope that the promised quickening of his special form of libraries would extend to other forms. He was fain to believe that any good which might come to any branch of the profession must in time be beneficial to other branches. There has not been time yet to test the matter. Meanwhile he obtained almost immediate relief from the vexatious debts and difficulties which beset his work.
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