IN recent years the public libraries in the United States have been trying to place more and more of their resources directly in the hands of their clientele by so arranging the book‐stacks that visitors can go immediately to the books without consulting a catalogue or an attendant. The same idea is utilized in those restaurants and stores where patrons serve themselves, a merchandizing scheme which at present is enjoying considerable popularity in America. Some of the smaller colleges have been able to follow a plan similar to that in use in the public libraries, but it has not been successful in the large universities where resources are comparatively large and space for storing books is limited. To permit students to browse at will, would create confusion and prevent the library employees performing their work efficiently.
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