THE New Year will be momentous, whatever its course. The old one prepared us for that. Our space restrictions preclude more than the briefest glance over 1941. It was in some ways a year of destruction, as it was a year of holding on, and few thought it would end quite as favourably as it has done. Fine libraries have been destroyed, more have suffered damage, staffs have been depleted, and still more workers deflected to jobs thought to be more immediate. On the other hand, there has been at least verbal recognition by Government departments of the usefulness of libraries, even if it was accompanied by concessions that were of small value, as for example the postponement of the call up of an essential librarian for three months in order, forsooth, that his successor might be trained—an impossibility. There has been an enormous public use of libraries, which assures us that in the after‐war social structure our place is as certain as things human can be.
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