WEST BERLIN has a population of 2.2 million and its public libraries in 1961 recorded a circulation of 6.3 million books. For an Englishman, who knows about library statistics of big cities in his own country, it must be difficult to understand why public opinion in Germany would consider a per capita circulation of not even three books something like a miracle. Of course this is no miracle, but the German observer might be led to think so because statistics of German public libraries show that—in relation to the population—figures are much smaller than those reported by public libraries in Britain.
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