Public Libraries in the United States of America Volume 4, PT. 1

Public Libraries in the United States of America Volume 4, PT. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...of fetching books will naturally follow. The number of the book can be struck by the desk attendant on a keyboard, and be shown in a signal frame, within sight of all the stations of the pages. The proper page will find the book, deposit it in one of a succession of boxes journeying on an endless band towards the delivery, where, as it goes around the barrel to return below, it will throw out upon a cushion the volume in question or a card containing its number, which indicates that the book is not in its place. These same boxes are used for returning the books to the shelves after assortment, their procession beiug reversed. If this latter service needs to be supplemented, trucks should be used of two or three stories each, resting on four wheels, one at each end and two at the center, which, being a trifle larger than the end ones, serve as a pivot, on which the truck can be easily guided through the uarrow passages. The Boston Public Library, for many years before the establishment of its six branches, (at distauces of from one to five miles from the central building, ) consisted of two separate libraries in one edifice; aud they still exist, one having the higher classifications of books, and the other the more popular literature. This dual system has the disadvantage of making the habitual frequenter of one of the departments prone to overlook the other, for the two of necessity somewhat overlap, and both need to be examined in many instances of inquiry; but its great advantage is that it separates in large measure the mere pastime readers from the studious ones, and insures such order and quiet in the higher department as would not be possible if the two were made one, beside collecting and putting under better observation more

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  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950151
  • 9781236950154