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and may be hastened by anything that tends 1877. (See Library journal, v. 2, p. 274; L. to broaden and liberalize that sentiment, and, A. U. K. Proceedings, 1877, p. 171):—"I when the time is ripe, by taking advantage of think the hours that a library is open must any propitious occasion for introducing it. correspond to the hours in which any
From what has been said, I conclude that considerable number of people will come public libraries, for the use of books in the to it. All night, if they will come all night; building ought to be open on Sunday. I can in the evening certainly, and on Sundays by see no reason for circulating books on that all means. We have fought and are fighting day. The objections urged against such open- the “Sunday question” as to libraries in ing are of little weight, compared with the America. People who were once tortured urgent claims of the unprivileged classes for with the idea now accept it. I appreciate the such a work as the highest conception of merits of conservatism; I do not believe in Sunday and the ideal library spirit call upon forcing, but I do believe in ripening. In any us to do. It has been in successful operation community the time for benefactions and philfor a term of years in many prominent anthropy on Sunday will ripen in the end." American and in several English libraries. My object in bringing this subject before Just the people who, as we maintained, need you has been to induce thought and to proed to be reached by Sunday opening, have voke discussion. I cannot hope to have conresponded to the opportunity and proved the vinced any one who did not believe in Sunday demand by a constant and growing use of such opening. If I have shown that it is a subject privileges. It is approved by most of our worthy of serious thought from every student leading librarians, and always gets a good of library science and from every practical word from the Library journal. The ob- librarian, I shall be content. stacles of prejudice and limited means in the smaller libraries may be overcome by time.
I hope to continue the study of this subject, and will grate
fully welcome any bit of experience throwing new light on it, The final word on this subject was, I think, whether it confirms or contradicts present conclusions. Adsaid by Mr. Winsor at the L. A. U. K. in dress M. S. Cutler, New York State Library, Albany, N.Y.
r For the discussion on this paper, see the PROCEEDINGS (Third session).
Andover theol. sem. Andover, Mass.
Yes; personally. Not informed. General theol. sem. of
P.E. Church. New York City. Gettysburg theol. sem. Gettysburg, Pa.
Used by few of students. Hartford theol. sem. Hartford, Ct.
Growing fav’rble Rather disapprove of Sunday openNewton theol. inst. Newton, Mass.
Do not think it Against in sem.
Ning, but not decided.
#2. No demand. #3. It would not be keeping the Sabbath. #4. Do not believe it right. *5. Never heard expression. *6. Librarian quotes, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy," as argument against Sunday opening. *7. Have no special objection, only library would be used but little.
Alleghany City, Pa. Public school. No
Grosvenor. Burlington, Vt. Fletcher. Cambridge, Mass. Public. Chicago, Ill.
No Lowell, Lynn,
Yes Natick, Mass. Morse inst.
* To be open on Sunday.
*4. 453 periodicals, 425 readers. *5. Well patronized. *6. Rooms filled. *7. 338 yolumes, 127 readers.
*8. Sunday and evening assistants. *9. Volunteers from staff for extra pay. *10. 2 of 4 regular assistants. *Circ. dept., Sunday 128, daily 262.
Is it a different class from daily patrons?
Do you consider it
Why is it not open!
State of sentiment.
Open since 1882.
Yes Against Sun'y labor.
Decidedly in favor.
Can supply with't op'ng Sun. “ No desire for it.
Most em- None if extra service.
Librarian favors it.
Many not seen sooo per yr. Perfect.
Universal approbat'n 1 on week days. S1000 per yr. Perfect.
5. $8 per week. Yes. No.
R. R. so small, no object. No Sun. best spent home
No demand, no objection. | *6 Indifferent.
Expense; not open 6 days. Better class. None. Most deci’ly
In favor. About the same. $9 per week. I think it is.
Trustees voted it w'ld not pay Yes Do not know,
s Presume majority
I Lib. too far from cen| tre to attract readers.
Librarian favors decid'ly
New York City, Cooper Union Yes
Y. M. C. A. No
t. No No
es Yes St. Louis, Mo. Public. St. Johnsbury, Vt. Athenæum. St. Paul, Minn.
Public. Salem, Mass. Public. San Francisco, Cal. Free. I Somerville, Mass. Public.
* Circulating dep't, Sun. 128, daily 262. † Circulating department, annual 96,000.
Circulating dep't, Sun. 50, daily 204.
Young Men's Association. *, Has been. *2 Larger than on other days.
*3 No record. *4 Reading-room and Reference dep't 235. *5 2 extra assistants and librarian 3-5. p. m