In sending forth the first number of a new volume of the Library World it is natural that we should desire to review the happenings of the year that has closed, and our own relation to them. We curb our desire, partly for lack of the necessary space, and partly because we wish to give attention to other matters. It is not superfluous, however, to repeat that 1919–20 will stand out in the history of libraries as no other year since 1850. We have gained what the Honorary Secretary of the Library Association has rightly called “our charter of liberty”; we are now breathing an atmosphere which is not bounded by the walls of a penny rate limitation; and our future is, relatively speaking, infinite. Liberty, nevertheless, has its own problems.
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