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The Mortmain of the Libraries

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 March 1953


T. S. Eliot in London, Louis Gottschalk in Chicago, both re‐cently have voiced in public meet‐ings their concern at the decay of the private and the personal libraries—mortmain is setting in—the dead hand that libraries are placing upon the free flow of books. Libraries are often more concerned with the acquiring of books than they are with the books themselves. Too many libraries have too many books.


READY, W.B. (1953), "The Mortmain of the Libraries", Library Review, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 151-152.




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