OUR New Year number continues the article on Library Planning so well begun by Mr. J. P. Lamb in our last issue. The excellent views and plans included will do something to show a really individual mind at work on our common problem, and the articles to follow will show that librarians are feeling about carefully, and in some cases experimenting boldly, in the direction of libraries which are to combine the qualities of what may be called the standard public library with those of the community centre. There is much in this that must interest all librarians. The old club ventures, fostered by churches, political groups and similar agencies, are disappearing to an extent, but the community needs a substitute: an intellectual centre and meeting place. This the modern library is attempting to supply.
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