Excerpt from The Inaugural Addresses, &C: Delivered at the Opening of the Law School in Connection With Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Beginning of the First Term in 1883
So far, i have only referred to the publications of our. Own country, but when we turn our eyes toward the general literature of the law, its immense magnitude is well calculated to awe even those who read nothing but the binder's titles. A complete collection of the law reports would contain at least volumes apportioned as follows English, volumes Irish, 200; Scotch, 300; Canadian, 250; Australia and other Colonies, 200; American, The periodical law literature Of the last hundred years is contained in not less than volumes, and this estimate includes only the best of it, exclusive of more than one edition, and all in our own language. Of treatises and digests an average library should contain at least volumes. To this add volumes of codes, statutes, &c., and volumes relating to the Roman law, and the various continental systems founded thereon, and we have a total of volumes, worth about To keep up the collection in the current law publications, we need to provide for the purchase, of at least 100 volumes of reports, 100 treatises and 50 periodicals, costing about each year.
It will be noticed that the above estimate puts out of all consideration works on collateral and kindred subjects, to those taught in the school. A good law library should have quite as many books on these subjects as on juridical questions.
It is easy to sketch the wants of the school; but this does not solve the practical question, how are those books to be obtained, and the funds necessary to the support of the library?
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