We open a new volume of The Library World in circumstances combining hope and difficulty. The hope rests upon the knowledge that library authorities are free when and as they choose to give Great Britain libraries equalling those of the United. States and Canada. The difficulty is in the immediate financial crisis facing the country, a crisis which is partly real, partly a political stunt, and is certainly potent enough to impede any great progress for the moment. There will be real struggle in many cases and hardship perhaps in a few, and the need for mutual consultation and advice, such as this magazine provides, was never greater. Nor must it be supposed that, because we seem to refer more particularly to municipal libraries here, every other form of library, public or private, will not directly or indirectly be affected by the same influences, and be equally in need of such a medium as this. Wo have never declared any cast‐iron policy in regard to The Library World—its very freedom from fixed views has been one of its chief recommendations—but at the beginning of an editorial year a few words on our aims are not inappropriate.
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