SEVERAL libraries lately have published reports. They are almost unanimous in recording a circulation of books that increases with every month. When we consider the conditions under which the work is being done this result is more than remarkable. We do not endeavour, as so many writers do, to explain: there are no unemployed with vacant hours to fill, no lack of theatres, cinemas and there is the tremendous distraction of the war itself—now rising to its gigantic climax. These are factors alleged to be inimical to libraries but never proven to be so. The cardinal fact stands out that in the most critical and obsessing hours in human history the use of the public library was greater than at any other time.
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