The Library World Volume 57 Issue 5

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 1 November 1955

Abstract

AT the close of the year it seems to be an impossible task to indicate the many‐phased activities it has shown in librarianship. There is the overall proof that despite all competitors the reading of books continues to increase. Statistics, for what they are worth—we believe them to be in the main quite honest and unmanipulated—are available for public libraries, town and county, only. The lending libraries of these put out nearly 385 million volumes, a figure difficult to grasp. That, however, is only one part, if the largest, of the reading of our people: commercial, technical, university, collegiate, learned society and school libraries play an enormous part in the reading of our people; and what the individual reader buys in the way of books the returns of booksellers might show but, even here, there are so many overlappings that any figures would be incomplete. Statistics which have no clear method and are subject to varying interpretations are valueless. What we do know is that we are a reading nation and there is the accompanying mystery that so many men and women seem never to have read a worth‐while book.

Citation

(1955), "The Library World Volume 57 Issue 5", New Library World, Vol. 57 No. 5, pp. 85-104. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb009396

Download as .RIS

Publisher

:

MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1955, MCB UP Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.