Excerpt from A Comprehensive List of United States Public Documents: Now Offered to Organized Public Libraries, Free of All Cost; July, 1907
Enter on the blanks entitled Library wants the titles of publications found in this 'list which are desired. Enter but one title on a block, and do not run beyond the blue lines. Duplicate copies of these want lists should be retained by the library for checking purposes, as no detailed invoice will be sent with shipments. In making selection bear in mind that the number of copies of each book in stock is limited and only those publications which will be of service should be requested. Great care should be taken in transcribing the titles. Be sure they are accurate. As entries appear under both subject and series headings, selection should be made from the series where possible, in which cases the series designation only need be given. 2 to avoid duplication do not check both subject and series entries. Ein the case of the Congressional Series, the serial number is all that need be given. Return only the list of wants properly filled out.
The requests will be filled in the order of their receipt. No requests will be considered unless the lists are properly filled out in every particular.
Extra copies of Free List 1 or Circular 18 will be furnished on application.
State definitely the number of want sheets you will need; this can be determined by checking this Free List and dividing the total number checked by ten (the number of entries to a want sheet).
Those books which can be furnished will be promptly forwarded, and the want slips for those not on hand will be filed for checking, and whenever any of the publications are received they will be forwarded.
In the future this form of request will be adopted for all wants. The system recently installed makes it possible to handle this portion of the business very easily, and will provide the libraries with a surer method of filling up gaps than the previous spas modic endeavors have developed.
No letter need accompany these want blanks, but the name of the library must appear at the top of the first sheet of a list, and the library number must in every case be plainly stamped or written on each block of a blank which is used.
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