AT the beginning of a new volume we usually take a retrospective view of the period covered by the last volume. We do not propose to do so this year other than to remark that it has been a time unmarked by any special feature, but, nevertheless, a most interesting one. The main characteristic of the time was the sudden imperative demand for economy, or rather for lopping off public activities by means of “the Axe,” and most libraries have suffered somewhat from retrenchments more or less severe. On the whole, however, they have survived the ordeal well. Their record has been their salvation in part, but their present performance so completely justifies them that even in reactionary districts the vocal library critic is regarded as a survival rather than a serious person. The figures of issues show that never before did libraries occupy so large a place in the practical esteem of the public—the esteem which is shown by the use made of them.
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