SOME amount of loss by enemy action has occurred in libraries since our last writing, but none of it has been on such a scale as we had to record earlier. This may be due to the more restricted raiding of the winter months, and, as we have so often remarked, is no assurance that more and great damage may not be endured—for it will be endured—when the boasted offensive takes place. It is gratifying to know that readers in heavily bombed areas continue faithful to libraries. Books have taken an even higher place lately, and if in these areas the circulation figures are smaller, it is because the populations are smaller. Individual readers use more books than ever.
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