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SIXTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

TRUSTEES 

OF THE 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 

OF THE 

CITY OF BOSTON 

1913-1914 




BOSTON 

PUBLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES 

1914 



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TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY 

ON FEBRUARY 1, 1914. 



JOSIAH H. BENTON, President. 

Term expires April 30, 1914. 

ALEXANDER MANN. JOHN A. BRETT. 

Term expires April 30, 1915. Term expires April 30, 1917. 

WILLIAM F. KENNEY. SAMUEL CARR. 

Term expires April 30, 1916. Term expires April 30, 1918. 



LIBRARIAN. 
HORACE G. WADLIN. 



ORGANIZATION OF THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT. 

The Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 
organized in 1 852, are now incorporated under the provisions of 
Chapter 1 1 4, of the Acts of 1 878, as amended. The Board for 
1852 was a preliminary organization; that for 1853 made the 
first annual report. At first the Board consisted of one aldermaui 
and one common councilman and five citizens at large, until 1 867, 
when a revised ordinance made it to consist of one alderman, two 
common councilmen and six citizens at large, two of whom 
retired, unless re-elected, each year, while the members from 
the City Council were elected yearly. In 1878 the organi- 
zation of the Boalrd was changed to include one alderman, one 
councilman, and five citizens at large, as before 1867; and in 
1885, by the provisions of the amended city charter, the repre- 
sentation of the City Government upon the Board by an alder- 
man and a councilman was abolished, leaving the Board as at 
present, consisting of five citizens at large, appointed by the 
Mayor, for five-year terms, the term of one member expiring 
each year. The following citizens at large have been members 
of the Board since its organization in 1 852 : 

Abbott, Samuel Appleton Browne, a.m.. 1879-95. 

Appleton. Thomas Gold, a.m., 1852-56. 

Benton, Josiah Henry, ll.d., 1894- 

BiGELow, John Prescott, a.m., 1852-68. 

BowDiTCH, Henry Ingersoll, m.d., 1865-67. 

BowDiTCH, Henry Pickering, m.d., 1894-1902. 

Boyle, Thomas Francis, 1902-1912. 

Braman, Jarvis Dwight, 1869-72. 

Brett, John Andrew, 1912- 

Carr. Samuel, 1895-96, 1908- 

Chase, George Bigelow, a.m., 1876-85. 

Clarke, James Freeman, d.d„ 1878-88. 

Curtis, Daniel Sargent, a.m., 1873-75. 

DeNormandie, James, d.d., 1895-1908. 

Dwight, Thomas, m.d.. 1899-1908. 

Everett, Edward, ll.d., 1852-64. 

Frothingham, Richard, ll.d., 1875-79. 

Green, Samuel Abbott, m.d.. 1868-78. 

Greenough, William Whitwell, 1856-88. 

Haynes, Henry Williamson, a.m., 1880-94. 



HiLLARD. George Stillman, ll.d., 1872-75; 76-77. 

Kenney, William Francis, a.m., 1908- 

Lewis, Weston, 1868-79. 

Lewis, Winslow. m.d., 1867. 

Lincoln, Solomon, a.m., 1897-1907. 

Mann, Alexander, d.d., 1908- 

MoRTON, Ellis Wesley, 1870-73. 

Pierce. Phineas. 1888-94. 

Prince, Frederick Octavius, a.m., 1888-99. 

Putnam, George, d.d., 1868-77. 

Richards, William Reuben, a.m., 1889-95. 

Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet, 1852-68. 

Thomas, Benjamin Franklin, ll.d., 1877-78. 

Ticknor, George, i-l.d., 1852-66. 

Walker, Francis Amasa, ll.d., 1896. 

Whipple, Edwin Percy., a.m., 1867-70. 

Whitmore, William Henry, a.m., 1885- 88. 

WiNsoR, Justin, ll.d., 1867-68. 

The Hon. Edward Everett was President of the Board 
from 1 852 to 1 864 ; George Ticknor, in 1 865 ; William W. 
Greenough, from 1866 to April, 1888; Prof. Henry W. 

HaYNES, from May 7, 1888, to May 12, 1888; SaMUEL A. 

B. Abbott, May 12, 1888, to April 30, 1895; Hon. F. O. 
Prince, October 8, 1895, to May 8, 1899; Solomon Lin- 
coln. May 12, 1899, to October 15, 1907; Rev. JaMES De 
NorMANDIE, January 31, 1908. to May 8, 1908; JosiAH H. 

Benton, since May 8. 1908. 

LIBRARIANS. 

(From 1858 lo 1877, ih chief executive officer was entitled Superintendent.) 

Capen, Edward, Librarian, May 13, 1852 -December 16, 1874. 

JeWETT, Charles C, Superintendent, 1858 -January 9, 1868. 

Winsor, Justin, ll.d.. Superintendent, February 25, 1 868 - Septem- 
ber 30, 1877. 

Green, Samuel A., m.d.. Trustee, Acting Librarian, October 1, 
1877 -September 30, 1878. 

Chamberlain, Mellen, ll.d., Librarian, October 1, 1878-Septem- 
ber 30, 1 890. 

DwiGHT, Theodore F., Librarian, April 13, 1892 -April 30, 1894. 

Putnam, Herbert, ll.d.. Librarian, February 1 1, 1895 -April 30, 
1899. 

Whitney, James L., Acting Librarian, March 31, 1 899 - December 
21. 1899; Librarian, December 22, 1899 -January 31, 1903. 

WaDLIN, Horace G., LITT.D., Librarian, since February 1, 1903. 



LIBRARY SYSTEM, FEBRUARY 1, 1914. 



Departments. 

Central Library, Copley Sq. Established May 2, 1854. 

East Boston Branch, Austin School Bldg., Paris St. 

§South Boston Branch, 372 Broadway 

jlRoxbury Branch, 46 Miilmont St. 

fCharlestown Breinch, Monument Sq. . 

■fBrighton Branch, Academy Hill Rd. . 

JDorchester Branch, Arcadia, cor. Adeuns St 

§South End Branch, 397 Shawmut Ave. 

tJamaica Plain Branch, Sedgwick, cor. South St 

$West Roxbury Branch, Centre, near Mt. Vernon St. 

f West End Branch, Ccunbridge, cor. Lynde St. 

JUpham's Corner Branch, Columbia Rd., cor. Bird St. 

■fHyde Park Branch, Harvard Ave., cor. Winthrop St 

tNorlh End Branch, 3a North Bennet St. 

Station A. Lower Mills Reading Room, Washington St. 

B. Roslindale Reading Room, Washington St., cor. Ash 
land St 

D. Mattapan Reading Room, 727 Walk Hill St. . 

E. Neponset Reading Room, 362 Neponset Ave. . 

F. Mt. Bowdoin Reading Room, Washington, cor. Eldon 
St 

AUston Reading Room, 6 Harvard Ave 



G. 
J. 

N. 
P. 



Codman Square Reading Room, Washington, cor. Nor 
folk St 

Mt. Pleasant Reading Room, Dudley, cor. Magazine St 

Broadway Extension Reading Room, 13 Broadway 
Extension ....... 

R. Warren Street Reading Room, 390 Warren St. . 

S. Roxbury Crossing Reading Room, I 1 54 Tremont St 

T. Boylston Station Reading Room, The Lamartine, De- 
pot Sq. ........ 

Z. Orient Heights Reading Room, 1030 Bennington St 

23. City Point Reading Room, Municipal Building, Broad 

way ........ 

24. Parker Hill Reading Room, 1518 Tremont St. . 



Opened. 

Mar. II. 1895 

Jan. 28. 1871 

May I. 1872 

July, 1873 

*Jaii., 1874 

"^Jan.. 1874 

Jan. 25. 1874 

Aug., 1877 
1877 

6, 1880 

I, 1896 

16. 1896 

I. 1912 

Feb. 27. 1913 

June 7. 1875 



Sept.. 
*Jan. 

Feb. 

Mar. 
*Jan. 



Dec. 3. 1878 

Dec. 27, 1881 

Jan. I, 1883 

Nov. 1, 1886 

Mar. II, 1889 

Nov. 12. 1890 

Apr. 29, 1892 

Jan. 16, 1896 

May I. 1896 

Jan. 18, 1897 

Nov. I, 1897 

June 25, 1901 

July 18, 1906 

July 15, 1907 



*Aj a branch. +ln building owned by City, and exdusively devoted to library uses. Jin City building, 
in part devoted to other municipal uses. §Occupies rented rooms. SThe lessee of the Fellowes Athe- 
naeum, a private library association. 



CONTENTS. 



Report of the Trustees . 

Balance Sheet .... 

Report of the Examining Committee 
Report of the Librarian . 
Index to the Annual Report 1 9 1 3- 1 9 14 . 




1 
18 
22 
35 
79 



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. 



Central Library Building .... 

Map of the Library System 

New Charlestown Branch Library 

New City Point Reading Room 

North End Branch: Open Air Reading Room 

Showing the group at a Story-Hour. 



. Frontispiece 

. At the end 

Facing page 22 

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To His Honor James M. Curley, 

MayoT of the City of Boston: 

Sir, — The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of the 
City of Boston present the following report of its condition and 
affairs for the year ending January 31, 1914, being their sixty- 
second annual report. 

ORGANIZAIION OF THE BOARD. 

The Board organized on May 5, 1913, by the election of 
Josiah H. Benton as President, William F. Kenney, Vice Presi- 
dent, and Delia Jean Deery, Clerk. 

Samuel Carr, a member of the Board, was reappointed, and 
qualified for the term ending April 30, 1918. 

RECEIPTS OF THE LIBRARY. 

The receipts of the Library are of two classes: First, those 
which are to be expended by the Trustees in the maintenance of 
the Library. These consist of the annual appropriation by the 
City Council, and the income from Trust funds, given to the 
Trustees but invested by the City Treasurer under the direction 
of the Finance Committee of the City. During the past year 
these receipts were as follows: 

Annual appropriation $380,000.00 

Income from Trust funds ........ 18,277.13 

Unexpended balance of Trust fund income of previous years . 18,632.19 

Total $416,909.32 

Second, receipts which are accounted for and paid into the 
City treasury for general municipal purposes. These consist of 
receipts from fines for the detention of books, from sales of find- 
ing lists, bulletins, and catalogues; from commissions paid for 



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the use of telephone facihties; from sales of waste; from pay- 
ments for lost books; and from money found in the Library. 
These receipts, during the year, have been as follows: 



From fines ........ 


$6,099.81 


From sales of catalogues, etc. 


67.52 


From telephone commissions ..... 


227.10 


From sales of waste ...... 


94.88 


From payments for lost books .... 


399.27 


From money found in the Library 


14.64 


Total 


$6,903.22 



The $399.27 received for lost books, being received only to 
replace lost library property is, when paid into the City treasury, 
added to the appropriation for library maintenance. A balance 
sheet showing all the receipts and expenditures of the Library 
Department in detail is hereinafter contained. 



CITY APPROPRIATION. 

Nearly all the money which the Trustees can use for the 
maintenance and working of the Library system comes from the 
annual appropriation by the City Council. 

During the past ten years the estimates of the Trustees, the 
recommendations by the Mayor, and the amounts appropriated 
by the City Council have been as follows : 



ESTIMATES 
OF TRUSTEES. 

1904 . . . . . 320,414.00 

1905 . .... 325,465.00 

1906 . .... 324,550.00 

1907 326,100.00 

1908 332,800.00 

1909 335,200.00 

1910 351.978.00 

191 1 359,497.00 

1912 374.665.00 

1913 391.996.00 



AMOUNTS AMOUNTS 

RECOMMENDED APPROPRIATED 
BY MAYOR. BY CITY COUNCIL. 

300.000.00 305.000.00 



310.000.00 
320.000.00 
325.000.00 
325.000.00 
335.200.00 
351,978.00 
355.200.00 
367.165.00 
380.000.00 



310.000.00 
324.550.00 
325.000.00 
310.000.00 
349.455.00 
351.978.00 
355.200.00 
367.165.00 
380.000.00 



The appropriations for these ten years have averaged $6,43 1 
less than the estimates of the Board. In 1906 and 1910 the 
appropriations equalled the estimates, but in 1913 the appro- 
priation was $1 1,996 less than the estimate. This is not said 



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by way of complaint, because we are aware of the limitations 
which necessarily govern the Council in making appropriations 
for maintenance. It is only stated to dispell the illusion which 
the Examining Committee and many others seem to have that 
the Trustees have only to ask for money to get it. 

HOURS OF SERVICE. 

The Central Library and the branches open and their work 
begins at nine o'clock in the morning. The reading-room sta- 
tions open in the afternoon at varying hours, most of them at two 
o'clock. The service continues until ten o'clock at night at the 
Central Library Building and at the West End Branch, and un- 
til nine at the other branches and reading-room stations except 
during the summer months. From June 1 5 until September 1 5 
the Central Library and West End Branch are closed at nine 
o'clock. The other branches and reading rooms during a shorter 
period close earlier than in winter, most of them at six o'clock. 
The Central Library is in operation 102 week days of twelve 
hours each, 203 week days of thirteen hours each, 1 7 Sundays 
of nine hours each, and 35 Sundays and two holidays of ten 
hours each, making an aggregate of 359 days, 4,680 hours, 
during each twelve months. 

The Sunday service as now arranged includes the Central Li- 
brary and the West End Branch throughout the year. All the 
other branches (except the West Roxbury Branch, which has no 
Sunday service) and the eight largest reading rooms provide Sun- 
day service from November 1 to May 1 only. The hours are as 
follows : 

At the Central Library and West End Branch, from twelve 
o'clock to ten o'clock, except that the closing hour is nine o'clock 
from June 15 until September 15. At the South End Branch 
from twelve o'clock to nine o'clock. At the other branches, 
and at the eight largest reading rooms (namely, Allston, Cod- 
man Square, Broadway Extension, Warren Street, Roxbury 
Crossing, Boylston Station, City Point, Parker Hill), from two 
o'clock to nine o'clock. At all of these reading rooms, except 
Codman Square the room is closed from six to seven o'clock. 



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The total number of hours of Sunday service provided cin- 
nually at the Central Library and at the West End Branch is 
507 each; at the South End Branch, 234 hours; at the other 
branches, and at the Codman Square Reading Room, 1 82 hours 
each; and at the follow^ing reading rooms: Allston, Broadway 
Extension, Warren Street, Roxbury Crossing, Boylston Station, 
City Point, Parker Hill, 1 56 hours each, 

ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY. 

During the year, 37,606 volumes have been added to the 
Library collection, as compared with 35,538 added in 1912. 
Of these, 27,316 were purchased, 6,855 were given to the 
Library, and the remainder were received by exchange, binding 
of periodicals into volumes, etc. There were purchased for 
the Central Library 1 1 ,860 volumes and 1 5,466 for the branch 
libraries and reading-room stations. 

The total amount expended for books, including $7,452.72 
for periodicals, $2,000 for newspapers, and $823.36 for photo- 
graphs, was $49,094.70, or about 12.3 per cent of the entire 
expense of the Library for all purposes. 

TTie corresponding expenditure for the year 1912 was 
$50,264.51, including $7,133.18 for periodicals, $2,000.00 for 
newspapers, and $1,022.19 for photographs, or, about 13.6 per 
cent of the entire expense of the Library. 

The average cost of all books purchased was $1.42 per vol- 
ume, as against $1 .50 in 1912. Of the books purchased, 22,445 
were bought from money appropriated by the City, at an average 
cost of $1 .02 a volume, and 4.871 were bought with the income 
of Trust funds, at an average cost of $3.23 a volume. The 
corresponding figures for 1912 were: bought from City appro- 
priation, 20,087 ; average cost $1.18. From Trust funds income, 
4,687; average cost, $3.27. 

BOOK CIRCULATION AND U.SE OF THE LIBRARY. 

There were issued during the year for direct home use 
260,965 volumes at the Central Library, compared with 264,507 



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issued in 1912, and from the Central Library through the 
branches and reading-room stations 82,782 others, while the 
branches and reading-room stations also issued 1 ,300,348 vol- 
umes for direct home use. The corresponding figures in 1912 
were 77,325 and 1,21 1,310. There were also issued from the 
Central Library, branches and reading-room stations, for use 
at schools and institutions, 204,878 volumes, as against 191,736 
issued in 1912, making the entire issue for use outside the Library 
buildings 1 ,848,973 volumes, as compared with 1 ,744,878 in 
1912. 

The use of the Library for general reference and study is un- 
restricted. It is therefore impracticable to record this use statis- 
tically. Its extent, however, is shown by the fact that about half 
a million call slips for the table use of books in Bates Hall in the 
Central Library alone are required during the year. The daily 
use of books and other library material in the Central Library 
and in the branches is doubtless many times greater than the home 
use of book drawn out upon cards. 

BINDING AND REPAIR OF BOOKS. 

During the year 38,530 volumes have been bound in the 
Bindery, as against 42,492 in 1912. Beside this, a large amount 
of miscellaneous work ha? been completed, such as the folding, 
stitching and trimming of 183,423 library publications, compared 
with 154,451 in 1912, and the mounting of maps and photo- 
graphs, the repairing of books, the making of periodical covers, 
etc. The expense of performing this necessary miscellaneous 
work is equivalent to about 1 7 per cent of the total expense of 
the Department. The ability to do it promptly in our own 
bindery, greatly promotes the convenience, economy and effi- 
ciency of the library work. 

LIBRARY COOPERATION WITH SCHOOLS. ETC. 

The Trustees continue to cooperate with the educational work 
of the schools, and, during the past year, the Library has sup- 
plied with books 28 branches and reading rooms, 1 39 public and 



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parochial schools, 62 engine houses and 36 other institutions, and 
sends out upon the average from the Central Library, about 
4 1 4 volumes every day by its delivery wagons. The number of 
volumes sent on deposit from the Central Library through the 
branch system was 53,361 , of which 1 0,533 were sent to schools. 
TTiere were also sent from the branches themselves and from two 
of the largest reading rooms 44,2 1 7 volumes on deposit, distrib- 
uted among 157 places. Of these, 18,148 were sent to schools. 
That is to say, not only is the collection of the Central Library 
used as a reservoir from which books may be drawn for use in 
the branches and reading rooms, but each of the branches and 
reading rooms is in itself a reservoir from which books are drawn 
for use by teachers in schools in its immediate vicinity. 

NORTH END BRANCH. 

TTie new North End Branch building, fully described in our 
report last year, was opened February 27, 1913. The enlarge- 
ment of the privileges of the Library, made possible by the com- 
pletion of this well-arranged building, is much appreciated by the 
public in this congested district of the City. 

The Dante Memoral bas-relief and tablet, the work of Luciano 
Campise, sculptor, given to the City by the Boston Branch of 
the Societa Dante Alighieri, as noted in our last report, was 
placed on the north wall of the reading room for adults, and 
was unveiled, with suitable ceremonies, on Sunday, June 14, 
1913. 

During the winter a course of free talks on vocational sub- 
jects has been given in the Lecture Hall by competent speakers, 
and, in cooperation with the Societa Dante Alighieri, a course 
of five free lectures in Italian, with stereopticon, has been given 
by Signorina Amy A. Bernardy. 

CHARLESTOWN BRANCH. 

The new building for the Charlestown Branch, comer of 
Monument Square and Monument Avenue, which was put 



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under contract in July, 1912, has been completed, and was 
opened to public use November 14, 1913. 

The building is of brick, with architectural features of Indiana 
limestone. The principal entrances are on Monument Square, one 
opening to the Children's Reading Room, 36 feet by 75 feet in 
size, on the first floor, the other leading to the Reading Room for 
Adults, of the same size, on the second floor. The high base- 
ment contains a lecture room, with a separate entrance from 
Monument Avenue. This room is provided with 240 chairs, 
and is to be devoted to class work, lectures, and other public uses 
appropriate to the Library. In the basement are also storerooms, 
a lunch room for the staff, heating apparatus and fuel rooms. 
In the arrangement of the building and in its fittings every pro- 
vision has been made for the effective operation of the Branch 
as a modern public library. The books are arranged on open 
shelves, so that the public may have direct access to them without 
formality. The interior finish and furnishings are of oak, the 
stairs of marble, and incombustible construction has been used 
throughout. The Architects were Fox & Gale, and the Con- 
tractors, McGahey & O'Connor. The appropriation for build- 
ing, site and furnishings was $72,200, and the expenditures to 
date are as follows: 

Site (including building thereon and brokerage) ..... $15,150.00 

Payments on contract .......... 39,981.00 

Architects' commission, on account ....... 2,243.17 

Furniture and fixtures ......... 3,306.56 

Advertising and minor items ........ 23.46 

Total $60,704.19 

The amount remaining unexpended, $1 1,495.81, is required 
to complete final payments on contract. 

EAST BOSTON BRANCH. 

The site for this building, 276-282 Meridian Street, with the 
buildings thereon, selected by the Trustees, January 28, was 
approved by His Honor the Mayor, January 31, and on the 
1 9th of April proposals were solicited, by advertisement, upon 



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plans prepared by James E. McLaughlin, Architect, 
following proposals were received: 



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John F. Griffin G>. . 

A. Varnerin Co. 

Connors Bros. Co. 

J. E. Locatelli Co., Inc. 

McGahev & O'Connor 

Geo. A." Cahill . 

Patrick Rich 

Whifon & Haynes Co. 

Mack Bros. 

Joseph Slotnik 

Hapgood, Frost Co. 



$65,394.00 
67,857.00 
68,079.00 
71.193.00 
73,075.00 
73,313.00 
75,875.00 
78.300.00 
80,565.00 
83,500.00 
86.786.00 



The John F. Griffin Company were the lowest bidders, their 
proposal was accepted, and a contract made with them for the 
construction of the building. It will be completed early in the 
spring, and the East Boston Branch will then be operated in a 
structure properly arranged for its important work. 

The appropriation, for this building, including site and fur- 
nishings is $100,000. The expenditures to date have been as 
follows : 

Cost of site, including brokerage ....... 

Payments on contract ......... 

Architect's commission, on account ...... 

Advertising .......... 



$20,500.00 

32,355.25 

2,932.48 

3.90 



Total 



$55,791.63 

The unexpended balance of the appropriation, $44,208.37, 
is sufficient to meet the remaining contract obligations and the 
expense of furnishings. 

CITY POINT READING ROOM. 

This Reading Room was removed to the new quarters pro- 
vided for it in the new municipal building on the Perkins Insti- 
tution lot on Broadway, and opened to the public there on 
January 21, 1914. 

The arrangements for the reading room in this building are 
excellent. A separate entrance is provided, apart from other 
departments in the building, the floor space is adequate to our 
present requirements, and the furnishings are in every way 
adapted to our needs. 



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BROADWAY EXTENSION, MT. PLEASANT AND ROSLINDALE 
READING ROOMS. 

Provision has been made for these reading rooms, in new 
municipal buildings in process of erection. For all of them the 
requirements of the library have been met, and when the buildings 
are completed the reading rooms will be provided with rooms 
adequate to their needs, and far superior to the leased premises 
heretofore occupied. 

ANDREW SQUARE AND FANEUIL READING ROOMS. 

TTie City Council, at the suggestion and with the approval of 
the Mayor, has authorized the establishment of reading rooms 
in the Andrew Square district of South Boston and in the Faneuil 
district of Brighton. For establishing each reading room an 
appropriation of $3,500 was made by the Council, and ar- 
rangements are now going forward for opening these rooms 
as soon as the premises selected for them have been made ready. 
The Andrew Square Reading Room will be established in the 
Nolen Building, 392—394 Dorchester Street, and the Faneuil 
Reading Room in a building on Brooks Street formerly known 
as the Brooks Street Chapel. These buildings are cen- 
trally located with reference to the population of the districts, 
and will provide suitable and convenient quarters for our purpose. 
The rental of the Reading Room in Andrew Square is $780 a 
year and the rental of the Reading Room on Brooks St. is $650 
a year, each exclusive of heating and care. These rentals and 
the expenses of heating and care do not come out of the $7,000 
appropriation for establishing the rooms; but must be paid from 
the general maintenance fund of the Library. 

As we have frequently stated, after the appropriations for estab- 
lishing such reading rooms as these are exhausted the annual 
expense of operating them must be borne by the general appro- 
priation for the Library, which is constantly increasing by reason 
of factors over which the Trustees have no control. 



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BEQUEST OF MEHITABLE C. C. WILSON. 

The Library received on October 10, 1913, notice of a bequest 
under the will of Mehitable C. C. Wilson, of Cambridge, 
amounting to $1,000. Of this sum, $866.13, being 78 per 
cent of the total, with interest at 6 per cent for one year, has 
been paid to the Trustees, and sent to the City Treasurer to be 
funded as the "Mehitable C. C. Wilson Fund," for the purchase 
of books. 

ESTIMATES FOR 1914. 

The estimates of the amount required for the maintenance of 
the Library during the coming year, sent in as required by 
City ordinance, amount to $430,619. This is an increase 
of a little more than 1 3 per cent over the estimated expenditures 
of the present year. But the amount that was appropriated by the 
Council last year was $1 1 ,996, or about 3 per cent less than the 
Trustees asked for, and was not sufficient to enable the Library to 
be operated to the point of highest efficiency. Even in the up- 
keep of the plant we were obliged to defer certain repairs which 
would have been carried out if the funds at our command had 
permitted. 

In the estimates presented the following specific increases are 
provided for: 

1 . In the printing department, $2,000 to meet the second 
payment on account of new linotype machines acquired in 1912. 
This is in the nature of a capital expenditure, not current mainte- 
nance, and is imperative. 

2. Under the head of repairs, $800 has been included for 
extensive repairs of the wiring system at the Central Library to 
meet the requirements of the Wire Department of the City. This 
wiring, chiefly for table and bookcase lighting in certain reading 
rooms was put in some time ago, and does not conform to modern 
methods. This expenditure is imperative. 

3. An allowance of $9,764, about 3|/2 per cent of the present 
authorized salary schedule, is included to meet changes in trade 
union scale, to employees affected thereby, and to provide for 



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other equitable salary increases during the year. No other 
allowance is made for individual salary increases above the 
schedule now fixed as shown in the detailed estimate sheets. 

There are in the regular service of the Library 320 persons 
and those required in the Sunday and evening and extra ser- 
vice raise the total number of persons who must be paid to 573. 
This number has been and will be increased during the coming 
year by about 25, at an estimated increase in expense of about 
$15,000. This gives about $600 a year or about $12.00 a 
week for this additional service. It surely is not too much. 
About $23,000 is estimated to be required for other necessary 
expenses, caused largely by the opening of new branch 
buildings and stations requiring additional expense for fuel, 
light, cleaning, transportation, and the proper care of the 
enlarged buildings with many other minor items. It will all 
be required in our judgment for the proper maintenance of the 
Library during the coming year. This is not an unreasonable 
burden upon the tax levy. The expense of the whole Library 
system last year was only 25 cents of the $17.20 of the tax 
levy. This increase asked for this year is only 3|/^ cents of 
the tax levy, which will make the total expense of running the 
Library about 28 cents of the tax rate. 

THE NEED OF ADDITIONAL BOOKS FOR BRANCH USE. 

We desire to call attention to the immediate and imperative 
necessity of an appropriation for additional copies of standard 
books for the branches and for the deposit collection of the 
branches. We find it impossible to satisfy the reasonable de- 
mands of the public with the present supply of such books. This 
matter we shall deal with in a communication to Your Honor 
early in the coming year. We wish now to say that it is a 
need which is imperative and as to which something must be done. 

RETIREMENT OF EMPLOYEES. 

We repeat our previous recommendations for some provision 
which will enable the Trustees to retire employees who 



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become worn out in the service of the Library. The Examining 
Committee in 1910 said in its report "it is manifestly impossible 
for persons receiving such rates of compensation to create and 
maintain any adequate fund to which resort can be had in the 
emergencies of life which confront or are likely to confront them." 
In this statement, as we then said, we entirely concur, and 
we wish again to press earnestly upon the consideration of the 
City Government and of the people of the City, the importance, 
not only from humanitarian but also from business considera- 
tions, of some provision which will render it unnecessary to 
retain in our service those who have been worn out by years 
of work in it. Their retirement with suitable provision for their 
proper support is demanded, not only because it is humane but 
because it is for the best business interests of the City. 

There is a means at hand which could easily be used, and 
would in our judgment be sufficient for this purpose. The fines 
which are imposed and collected by the Library upon overdue 
books and are now paid into the City Treasury, amount to about 
$6,000 each year. If this sum, which is really an income that 
the Library creates by imposing fines and collecting them in 
small sums, could be placed at the disposal of the Trustees to 
be expended in their discretion in the retirement of superannuated 
employees, we think it would accomplish our purpose. 

TRUST FUNDS. 

The Trust Funds, that is, property given to the Trustees in 
trust for the uses of the Library, are by law required to be in- 
vested by the City Treasurer under the direction of the Finance 
Committee of the City. 

A detailed statement of these funds and the income therefrom 
is contained in the report of the City Auditor, but a condensed 
statement of the funds is as follows: 

Ariz Fund $ 10.000.00 

Bates Fund 50.000.00 

Bigelow Fund 1,000.00 

Robert Charles Billings Fund 100.000.00 

CarrieJ forward . ' $161,000.00 



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Brought forn>ard $161,000.00 

Bowditch Fund 10.000.00 

Bradlee Fund 1.000.00 

Joseph H. Center Fund 39.543.14 

Henry Sargent Codman Memorial Fund ...... 2.854.41 

Cutter Fund 4.000.00 

"Elizabeth Fund" under Matchett will 25.000.00 

Daniel Sharp Ford Fund 6,000.00 

Franklin Club Fund 1,000.00 

Green Fund 2.000.00 

Charlotte Harris Fund 10.000.00 

Thomas B. Harris Fund 1,000.00 

Abbott Lawrence Fund 10,000.00 

Edward Lawrence Fund ......... 500.00 

Mrs. John A. Lewis Fund 5,000.00 

Charles Greely Loring Memorial Fund ...... 500.00 

Charles Mead Fund 2,500.00 

John Boyle O'Reilly Fund 1.000.00 

Phillips Fund 30.000.00 

Pierce Fund 5.000.00 

Scholfield Fund 61.800.00 

South Boston Branch Library Trust Fund 100.00 

Ticknor Fund 4.000.00 

William C. Todd Newspaper Fund 50,000.00 

Townsend Fund 4,000.00 

Treadwell Fund 13.987.69 

Nathan A. Tufts Fund 10,131.77 

Twentieth Regiment Memorial Fund 5,000.00 

Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund 1,825.98 



Total $468,742.99 

The income of these Trust Funds is used only for the purchase 
of books, and the income of $1 54,533 can be used only for books 
in special classes of literature or to be placed in certain designated 
Branches or departments of the Library. The income of 
$121,750 must be spent for books designated as of "permanent 
value" only. The income of only $ 1 92,500 is unrestricted. 

Besides the amount enumerated the Trustees have received 
and paid to the City Treasurer the sum of $2,314.79 under 
a bequest of James L. Whitney, formerly librarian, to be held 
and used for bibliographical purposes; and, from the same 
source, the sum of $765.43 to be added to the amount of 
the Alice Lincoln Whitney Fund, which is included in the 
foregoing statement. They have also received and paid to the 
City Treasurer, as previously herein noted the sum of $866. 1 3 
part payment of the principal of the Mehitable C. C. Wilson 
Fund. 



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The City Treasurer also holds $399.54, unexpended balance 
of the Patrick F. Sullivan bequest of $5,000, to be used for the 
purchase of standard catholic books under the terms of Mr. 
Sullivan's will. 

PUBLIC TOILET ROOMS AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY. 

The position of the public toilet rooms at the Central Library 
is open to just criticism. When the new building was built these 
rooms were placed on the principal floor, side by side, opening 
from the main corridor. It was soon found impossible to operate 
them properly in that prominent position, and they were re- 
moved to the rear part of the building, the entrance being 
through the courtyard arcade. The room for men is in the base- 
ment and that for women on the first floor, but the approaches 
are in common, and the rooms themselves are not as large or as 
well adapted to their purpose as they should be. 

The proper care of these toilet rooms has always been com- 
plicated by the resort to them of persons who are not patrons of 
the Library. There is no public comfort station near Copley 
Square, as there should be, and during certain hours of the day 
the general public use of the Library toilet conveniences is embar- 
rassing to those for whom these rooms were especially intended. 
The difficulty continually increases, and it is imperative that some- 
thing be done to overcome it. 

It would be possible to place toilet rooms in the basement in a 
better location and to separate the approaches entirely, to equip 
the rooms with modern fittings of a better type than now in use, 
and to subject them to closer supervision. We regard this matter 
as urgent and requiring immediate attention. It would involve an 
expenditure of at least $10,000, according to an estimate ob- 
tained by the Trustees sometime ago. It is plain that this re- 
arrangement can not be carried out unless the expense is provided 
for by special appropriation. 

ANNUAL INVENTORY 

An annual inventory is made at the end of each year of the 
personal property of the Library, except books and other material 
shown on the catalogue or included in the catalogue shelf list. 



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EXAMINING COMMITTEE. 

As required by the City Ordinance, we appointed an Examin- 
ing Committee for this year, and joined the President of the Li- 
brary Board with it, as Chairman. The names of those persons 
who were appointed and who have served as members of the 
Committee are as follows: 

Mr. Timothy J. Ahern. Mr. Albert Levis. 

Mrs. Elisha S. Boland. Dr. George A. McEvoy. 

Mr. Sewall C. Brackett. . Mrs. Colin W. Macdonald. 

Mrs. R. Brindisi. Rev. Timothy J. Mahoney. 

Mr. George E. Cabot. Mr. Henry B. Miner. 

Miss Alice R. Cole. Mr. Hugh Nawn. 

Mr. John F. Cronin. Mr. John Ritchie, Jr. 

Mr. John S. Flanagan. Mr. John J. Sheehan. 

Mr. Charles C. Haines. Rev. Philo W. Sprague. 

Mr. James F. Hopkins. Mr. Arthur L. Spring. 

Mr. M. A. deWolfe Howe. Mr. Michael J. Sughrue. 

Mr. Arthur S. Johnson. Mrs. William Taylor. 
Rev. Joseph V. Tracy, D.D. 

In order to enable this Committee to perform its duties with 
convenience and efficiency the following sub-committees were 
appointed : 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE. 

This Committee considered the administration of the Library, its work- 
ing as an entire system, including the Central Library and all Branches and 
Reading-room Stations, and, in connection with this, its financial manage- 
ment, including the sources from which its revenue is derived, and the man- 
ner in which it is expended. Its members were: 

Mr. Cabot, Chairman. 
Mr. Nawn. Mr. Spring. 

Mr. Johnson. 

books and fine arts. 

This Committee gave attention to all matters connected with the acqui- 
sition and use of books and other library material, and to the Department 
of the Fine Arts and Music. Its members were: 

Mr. Hopkins, Chairman. 
Miss Cole. Mr. Howe. 



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PRINTING AND BINDING. 

This Committee examined and considered all matters connected with the 
Departments of Printing and Binding, with special attention to the expenses 
of the Departments and the products of each of them. Its members were: 

Mr. Ritchie, Chairman. Mr. Cabot. 

BRANCHES AND READING-ROOM STATIONS. 

It was thought best to divide the Branches and Reading-room Stations 
into groups in different parts of the City, and appoint a Committee of three 
to examine and report with regard to each group. These groups and the 
several Committees thus appointed were as follows: 

SOUTH BOSTON AND SOUTH END BRANCHES, CITY POINT AND BROADWAY EXTENSION 

READING ROOMS. 

Rev. T. J. Mahoney, Chairman. 
Dr. McEvoy. Mrs. Boland. 

CHARLESTOWN AND EAST BOSTON BRANCHES, ORIENT HEIGHTS READING ROOM. 

Mrs. Taylor, Chairman. 
Mr. Flanagan. Rev. P. W. Sprague. 

BRIGHTON, JAM.MCA PLAIN, WEST ROXBURY AND HYDE PARK BRANCHES, ROSLINDALE, 

BOYLSTON STATION, WARREN STREET, ROXBURY CROSSING, PARKER 

HILL AND ALLSTON READING ROOMS. 

Mr. Miner, Chairman. 
Mr. Brackett. Rev. J. V. Tracy. 

DORCHESTER, ROXBURY AND UPHAM's CORNER BRANCHES, CODMAN SQUARE, MT. 

PLEASANT, MT. BOWDOIN, LOWER MIL S, MATTAPAN AND NEPONSET 

READING ROOMS. 

Mr. Cronin, Chairman. 
Mr. Ahern. Mr. Sheehan. 

WEST END AND NORTH END BRANCHES. 

Mr. Levis, Chairman. 
Mr. Sughrue. Mrs. Brindisi. 

children's department and work with schools. 

This Committee gave special attention to the work which the Library is 
doing for children and also to what it is doing in connection with schools. 



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with regard not only to the way In which the work is done, but also as to 
its extension and its limitation. Its members were : 

Mr. Haines, Chairman. 
Mrs. Macdonald. Mrs. Taylor. 

general committee. 

For the purpose of receiving the reports of the work of the various other 
sub-committees, and preparing a draft report of the Examining Committee 
to be considered by it in a meeting of all its members, and for any other 
general purpose connected with the examination of the Library system, a 
sub-committee, called the General Committee, was appointed. Its mem- 
bers were: 

Mr. Howe, Chairman. 
Mr. Miner. Miss Cole. 

The report of the Committee is hereto annexed and included 
as part of this report. 

CONCLUSION. 

The Trustees have held regular weekly meetings during the 
entire year except in the summer months. One or more of 
them have visited all the branches and reading room stations at 
least once during the year, and have given constant supervision 
to the construction of the Charlestown Branch building and the 
East Boston Branch building. The Library affairs have moved 
smoothly and well during the year, owing to the loyal and faith- 
ful service of the librarian and heads of departments and other 
persons in our employ. We are glad to be able to commend 
the substantially uniform excellence of their work. 

JosiAH H. Benton, 
William F. Kenney, 
Samuel Carr, 
Alexander Mann, 
John A. Brett. 



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BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS^ AND 



Dr. 



Centrai, Library and Branches: 
To expendihires for salaries — 
General administration 
Sunday and evening force . 

To expenditure for books — 
From City appropriation . 
Trust funds income 
Carnegie gift, Galatea collection 
Sullivan bequest 

To general expenditures — 

Newspapers from Todd fund income 

Periodicals .... 

Furniture and fixtures 

Gas 

Electric lighting 

Cleaning 

Small supplies . 

Ice 

Stationery 

Rents 

Fuel 

Repairs 

Freights and cartage 

Transportation betweei 

Telephone service 

Postage and telegrams 

Typewriting 

Travelling expenses (i 

library service) 
Grounds 
Lecture account (including 

operator) 
Miscellaneous expense 

Printing Department: 

To expenditures for salaries . 
To general expenditures — 

Stock .... 

Equipment 

Electric light ^'nd power . 

Contract work . 

Rent .... 



n Central and 



including street 



slide 



hes 



carrares on 



Freights and cartage 
I 



nsurance 



Gas ........ 

Cleaning ....... 

Small supplies, ice, repairs, furniture and fixtures 



Carried forroard 



$204,809.52 
28.050.37 



$23,707.74 

15,503.93 

35.49 

394.82 



$2,000.00 

lAblll 

4,940.28 

2,863.10 

2,890.39 

9,275.80 

3,890.68 

231.74 

2,037.58 

14,710.64 

13,268.70 

3,680.40 

1,963.33 

5,299.20 

647.94 

1.074.00 

16.25 

452.66 
267.31 

259.23 
764.63 



$7,208.42 

2,169.10 

68.44 

77.17 

469.52 

450.00 

158.20 

258.14 

255.92 

153.15 

74.63 



$232,859.89 



39,641.98 



77.986.58 



11.342.69 
$361,831.14 



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EXPENSES, JANUARY 31. 1914. 



By City Appropriation, 1913-14 
Income from Trust funds 
Interest credited on bank deposits . 
Payments received for lost books . 
Sullivan bequest .... 
By transfer, by City Auditor, from unexpended 
balances of other City appropriations . 



By Balance brought forward, February 1, 
Trust funds income on deposit in London 
City appropriation on deposit in London . 
Trust funds income balance, City Treasury 
Carnegie gift for Galatea collection 



1913: 



$380,000.00 

18,277.13 

66.58 

399.27 

394.82 

414.28 



$1,899.73 

1,378.18 

16,732.46 

315.28 



Cr. 



$399,552.08 



20.325.65 



Carried forruarJ 



$419,877.73 



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BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS AND 



Dr. 

Brought foTTDard . . • . 
Binding Department: 

To expenditures for salaries . . . . • 

To general expenditures — 

Stock .....■•• 

Equipment .....•• 

Electric light and power 

Contract work . . . • • 

Rent 

Freights and cartage ...... 

Insurance ....... 

Gas ......•• 

Cleaning ....... 

Small supplies, ice, repairs, furniture and fixtures 



To Amount paid into City Treasury 
From fines ..... 
Sales of catalogues, bulletins and lists 
Commisison on telephone stations 
Sale of waste paper 
Money found in Library 
Interest on deposit .... 



To Balance, January 31, 1914: 

Trust funds income on deposit in London . 
City appropriation on deposit in London . 
Trust funds income balance. City Treasury 
Carnegie gift for Galatea collection 



$29,296.04 

3.591.71 

671.00 

85.20 

9.25 

1,350.00 

747.50 

169.50 

55.70 

155.05 

158.72 



$6,099.81 
67.52 
227.10 
94.88 
14.64 
66.58 



$6,950.24 

2,005.16 

12,455.15 

279.79 



$361,831.14 



36.289.67 



6,570.53 



21.690.34 



$426,381.68 



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EXPENSES, JANUARY 31, 1914. 



Brought forward ...... 

By Receipts: 

From fines ........ $6,099.81 

Sales of catalogues, bulletins and lists . . . 67.52 

Commisison on telephone stations .... 227.10 

Sale of waste paper ...... 94.88 

Money found in Library 14.64 



Cr. 

$419,877.73 



6.503.95 



$426.381 .68 



REPORT OF THE EXAMINING COMMITEE. 

To THE Trustees of the Public Library of the City of 
Boston, 

Gentlemen: 

We beg to transmit through you to the City Government the 
Report of the Examining Committee appointed by you, accord- 
ing to ordinance, and organized and guided by the President 
of your Board. Recognizing and acknowledging most heartily 
the pains and courtesy with which our organization was effected 
and our investigations were aided, we are yet obliged to ques- 
tion whether in future years it might not be possible to devise 
a system under which the work of this Committee might be ren- 
dered more effective. The question is raised rather with regard to 
a system which has gradually grown out of developing circum- 
stances than in any spirit of criticism of its present application. 
Might not a smaller body, made up of persons not only qualified 
to make special investigations, but of ascertained willingness and 
freedom, in point of time, to pursue their inquiries with thorough- 
ness, serve the City to better purpose than the Examining Com- 
mittee, as now constituted, can hope to 6o7 We are glad, in 
spite of this query, to take the situation as we have found it, and, 
as the result of three well-attended meetings of the entire com- 
mittee, of various consultations of the sub-committees, and of much 
individual inquiry and thought, to present the following con- 
siderations : 

In every institution with constantly extending fields of use- 
fulness, the opportunities to spend money to advantage are prone 
to increase more rapidly than the funds. Previous Examining 
Committees have laid emphasis upon the fact that this is con- 
spicuously true of the Boston Public Library. Our own inves- 



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ligations have led us to the same conclusion. More money is 
needed for certain fundamental purposes. One of these is the 
purchase of books for the Central Library, for the Branch Li- 
braries, for the Reading Rooms. In particular, the books for 
children are used so much that their condition renders constant 
replacement both desirable and, on sanitary grounds, necessary. 
Yet this replacement, through lack of funds, is often too long 
deferred or left undone. Additional funds, moreover, could 
be used, not only in the purchase of single copies of books, but 
also in enlarging the supply of duplicate copies in the fields of 
standard imaginative literature for children, of standard technical 
works and standard fiction. The demands of the Branch Li- 
braries could thus be more satisfactorily met from the Central 
Library. Another of the fundamental purposes for which more 
money is needed is the increase of salaries — a subject to which 
a later paragraph of this report is devoted. 

The sub-committees appointed by your Board have made 
investigations of special subjects. The Committee on Admini- 
stration and Finance has considered some of the most important 
questions affecting the welfare of the Library. This committee 
has held several meetings at the Library, and in company with 
the Assistant Librarian has made a personal examination of all 
the departments with the exception of the Printing and Bindery 
Departments. The heads of these departments have been in 
all cases most courteous in explaining the work in their charge; 
and the members of the committee have individually given a 
considerable amount of time to familiarizing themselves thorough- 
ly with the many intricate operations connected with the admini- 
stration of the Library and its branches, as operated from the 
Central Library. 

The General Committee joins with this sub-committee in 
repeating the recommendation in the report for 1913 that a 
definite amount of money should be appropriated for buying 
books each year in order that the annual supply of newly pur- 
chased books may be placed on a definite basis. We wish 
also to call attention again to the importance of Pension Legisla- 
tion in connection with the Library employees. On this point the 



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General Committee begs to lay a special emphasis, believing it 
to be a point of the highest moment. 

TTie method of distribution and exchange of books between 
the Central Library and its branches has been improved during 
the past year by the use of motor cars. It is encouraging to hear 
from the Librarian that a further extension of motor service is 
in contemplation. 

The Committee on Administration and Finance is impressed 
with the lack of room in the Central Library which necessitates 
not only the housing of the departments of printing and binding 
elsewhere at cost and inconvenience, but also the use of the 
cellar for a stack. Either the policy of the Library must change 
soon or means must be secured for an extension of the present 
building. The latter seems the consistent course. 

We desire, therefore, to bring to the attention of the City 
Government the fact that such extension is urgently needed. 
We beg to call special attention to the suggestion that there 
is a strip of land in the rear of the Central Library building which 
seems adequate to the needs of some years to come. The land 
on the Boylston Street end belongs to Boston University, and 
is unoccupied so far as buildings are concerned. The strip 
measures roughly 28 feet on Boylston St. by 1 28 feet deep, and 
contains between 3500 and 3600 square feet, assessed at $21 
per foot. On the Blagden Street end there are two buildings 
which it would be advisable to take. These estates. No. 1 5 and 
No. 1 7 Blagden Street, contain 4880 square feet, assessed for 
$75,000, the total assessed valuation of the proposed taking 
therefore being in the neighborhood of $150,000. 

If this strip were seized for an addition to the Central Li- 
brary, it would have certain advantages in point of convenience 
and expense. A building could probably be erected on this land 
for less than $200,000. Ready access might be had through 
a passageway from Exeter Street, and shipments of books might 
here be made under cover instead of across a sidewalk. The 
addition would be large enough to add materially to the stack 
room, and perhaps afford a chance to re-arrange some of the 
utilities and afford greater space for the public rooms of the 



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Library. If the chance to re-arrange utiHties could be seized 
for improving the public toilet rooms, a sorely needed betterment 
of bad conditions might well be accomplished. The top story, 
with roof lighting, would be admirably adapted for mechani- 
cal purposes. We are well aware that the adoption of the sug- 
gestion will involve a transaction of some magnitude, but the 
need for increased space is great and immediate, and the longer 
the meeting of this need is deferred, the more difficult the prob- 
lem is likely to become. 

TTirough the sub-committee on Books and Fine Arts we learn 
that the Ordering and Cataloguing Departments have been 
visited, and the work of Bates Hall and the Delivery Room has 
been inspected. 

TTie system of ordering seems well devised to bring to the 
attention of the Trustees the books which ought to be purchased, 
and the processes of elimination seem equally well planned to 
exclude undesirable additions. Hie process of dealing with 
works of fiction, with the help of a Reading Committee made 
up of men and women of widely various interests and tastes, 
serves well the purpose of selecting the comparatively small num- 
ber of novels and collected short stories which are purchased 
under the Library's system of limited supply in this field of litera- 
ture. This system appears to be based upon a wise policy, 
not only in the service of the public, but also in the expenditure 
of the Library funds. Since the accession of a single novel 
means the purchase of twenty or more copies — to supply all 
the shelves, in different parts of the city, on which it must be 
placed — the limiting of purchases is imperative. A Reading 
Committee, made up of representatives of diverse races and 
religions, and acting merely in an advisory capacity, is well 
calculated to give the Trustees the help they need. We do not 
find that any racial or religious influence is predominant in the 
working of this plan. 

The cataloguing is thorough from the technical point of view, 
and practical in its aids to the average unskilled seeker for books. 
TTie handling of books desired for use in Bates Hall and for 
home use appears as expeditious and exact as the physical con- 
ditions will permit. 



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In the practice of many necessary economies, it is highly 
important that the value of the Library to scholars in special 
fields should be maintained unimpaired by the failure to purchase 
any of the best fruits of scholarship. Is it not possible that 
some funds might be conserved for these special purchases by 
extending the cooperation which already exists between the 
Boston Public Library, the Harvard College Library, the Boston 
Athenaeum and the State Library? The details of any such 
arrangement, involving a special emphasis upon separate fields 
of purchase by the individual libraries, would have to be de- 
termined by the persons in charge of each. Especially in the 
binding of newspapers, perhaps the bulkiest volumes a library 
has to house, some economies by the avoidance of duplication 
in a single community may be practicable. The fact that the 
paper on which most of the daily journals are printed is destined 
to early dissolution makes such preservation a peculiarly thank- 
less task. One newspaper in Greater New York prints a few 
copies of each issue on durable paper, for purposes of preserva- 
tion. With encouragement from the libraries, might not other 
journals be persuaded to pursue the same course? Could not 
the Boston Public Library take the lead in such a movement? 

The organization, work, resources, opportunities, and accom- 
plishments of the Department of Fine Arts and Music have 
received close attention. This Department has, since its organi- 
zation, been one of the most important influences in the Boston 
Public Library. The City of Boston is most fortunate in being 
the home of influential schools of art. It is a museum centre 
of importance. In musical education and in popular appreciation 
of music the city is probably second to none. Not only do 
these institutions and their student following turn to the Public 
Library for assistance and research, but the Library must meet 
the demands of its art-loving and art-studying citizens. The 
Department of Fine Arts and Music has reached a stage of 
usefulness at which its work may well be compared with that done 
in Bates Hall. On the occasions of many visits practically 
every table has been occupied by students working under the 
conditions which sooner or later must be amplified as the number 
seeking the use of the collections increases. 



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Only commendation can be offered concerning the work of 
the employees of the Department. This section of the Library 
administration requires unusual training, the broadest insight into 
important subjects, rare courtesy, and executive ability of the 
highest order. These desirable qualities in staff employees are 
not easily obtainable. The Boston Public Library is fortunate 
in possessing men and women of such training in the service of 
this department. Particularly we would recommend con- 
sideration of the hours of service given by certain members 
of the staff. The Library attendant, a teacher in very truth, 
must come to his or her work free from fatigue, refreshed by 
hours of reading or relaxation, and equipped with power to keep 
abreast of the times. This he or she cannot do if, for the sake of 
additional income, they give night service or Sunday service in 
addition to full daily hours. We believe it to be a short-sighted 
policy to wear out loyal workers before their time. We believe 
that Library hours in this department should not be longer than 
from nine to six o'clock, and we do not feel it consistent with the 
dignity of the work and the wide appreciation of this department 
on the part of the citizens of Boston to expect attendants to attain 
desired salaries by a system of night and Sunday work in addition 
to full daily service. The same objections to night cind Sunday 
service are applicable throughout the staff of Library employees. 

More assistance in the Fine Arts Department could be used 
to excellent advzmtage, especially in expediting the labeling, 
cataloguing, and general preparation of the photographs which 
are constantly coming to the Library in large quantities. As 
many as five thousand photographs which would undoubtedly 
be in valued active service if only prepared for public use have 
been seen waiting their turn on the preparation tables. 

The growing use of the collection of lantern slides in the 
possession of the Library, now amounting approximately to forty 
five hundred examples, is a matter of special interest. There 
has been an increase in the nimiber of slides circulated, which 
is probably close to three thousand examples for the current 
year. It is learned from inquiry that many Boston schools are, 
to a greater or less extent, purchasing collections for the several 



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school buildings, undoubtedly in many instances piling up dupli- 
cates purchased with money which could be made to go farther 
if the slide collection could be administered by some central 
body. This the Library is well equipped to do. It would seem 
as if some constructive scheme of cooperation between the School 
Committee and the Trustees of the Boston Public Library might 
be worked out under which annual appropriations might be ex- 
pended by a joint committee made up of representatives of the 
School Board, the Trustees of the Library, and the Teaching 
Corps of the City of Boston. 

The admirable Music Department offers unusual opportunities 
for study and reference. This department is used constantly 
by students and musicians and is managed with efficiency and 
success. The department is, like the others of the Public Li- 
brary, outgrowing its quarters, but we would urge that the present 
setting for the music collection be improved by tinting the ceil- 
ing and by placing a few bas-reliefs of classic musical figures, 
already owned by the Library, in the large wall spaces. It 
would also be of value to the student emd of interest to other 
visitors if autographs, rare programs, and short manuscripts were 
framed and hung in available places. 

The sub-committee on Printing and Binding finds these depart- 
ments housed in a commercial building at considerable distance 
from the Central Library. The disadvantages of this arrange- 
ment are obvious, including haulage, risk from fire which might 
destroy what is not to be replaced, and the handicaps attending 
the use of premises not particularly well adapted to the purposes. 
The committee believes this to be a strong reason, among others, 
for an extension of the Central Library which will again bring 
these departments within its walls. 

The Bindery appears to be conducted with modern efficiency 
and needs more than anything else repair or replacement of a 
few worn-out machines. The Printing Office is known the 
world over as the pioneer in its line. Modern machines make 
it possible to handle all kinds of legitimate library composition 
zmd printing. Its main mechanical need seems to be additional 
sets of matrices for the linotypes. 



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The sub-committee appointed to inspect the South Boston 
and South End Branch Hbraries and the City Point and Broad- 
way Extension Reading Rooms reports that the most obvious 
need of the South Boston Branch is a new building, or at least 
larger quarters more in keeping with the demands of a population 
of over eighty thousand people. There should be more books, 
and some provision for the separation of the adult and juvenile 
readers, to the manifest advantage of both. Meanwhile, the 
experiment of allowing the young girls to use the small reading 
room at present reserved for adults is suggested. It is realized 
that this plan is open to objection, but it offers the only means of 
relieving the overcrowding of the limited space now occupied by 
both boys and girls. The ceilings of this library are dingy and 
need whitening. 

The South End Branch was found to be in a very satisfactory 
condition, but the lights in the upper room are much too high. 
Those directly over the tables should be lowered at least two feet, 
and should be shaded in order to give better service to the 
readers and to shield their eyes from the intolerable glare which 
now prevails. 

Inasmuch as the City Point and Broadway Extension Reading 
Rooms are soon to be removed to new Municipal Buildings, no 
special recommendations are made in regard to them. The 
common demand for more books will doubtless be met in the 
new quarters which provide for more stacks and shelves, cmd 
certain improvements in administration can be made, when these 
reading rooms are established in new buildings. A word of 
special commendation must be said for the several custodians 
and their assistants, all of whom seem to be thoroughly interested 
in their work and to be rendering the best service possible under 
present conditions. 

At the Charlestown Branch there is a crying need for a sys- 
tem of ventilation. Neither at this Branch nor in the East Bos- 
ton Branch now in process of construction, has any provision 
been made for a public convenience station. This should be 
corrected. In visiting both these branches the representatives 
of our committee have been impressed with the intelligence and 
excellent character of the young women employed. 



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At the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, everything has been 
found in excellent condition. The single suggestion offered is 
that the lights, as at the South End Branch, might with advan- 
tage be lowered very considerably. 

TTie Warren Street Reading Room appears to be doing very 
good work under great disadvantage. It is in a single rather 
ill-lighted room designed for a store. The circulation from its 
own shelves in 1912-13 was 26,772; in 1913-14, 43,094. In 
addition to these numbers, the Reading Room gave out from 
the Central Library about 6,000 volumes in 1913-14, making 
a total of nearly 50,000 books. Thus in one small room there 
appears to be about the same circulation as in the Jamaica Plain 
Branch with its spacious and well appointed rooms. It would 
seem, then, that the Warren Street Reading Room should have 
better quarters, perhaps by adding to its present room the adjoin- 
ing store which is at present vacant. 

At the Roxbury Crossing Reading Room there is a call for 
more shelves. The room is very large and would accommodate 
quite a number of permanent books; and as there seems to be a 
good deal of demand there for books to be taken out directly 
from the reading room, it would add to the usefulness of the 
room to increase the number of bookcases. 

The children's reading room is an important element in the 
Hyde Park Library. Although the room, situated in the ad- 
dition, has been completed for about one year, its furniture did 
not arrive until about three weeks ago, and the lights called for 
under the system of lighting adopted in this room have not yet 
been furnished. In greater detail it may be said that the room 
is lighted by an overhead lighting system. The hcmging recep- 
tacles are in position and are supposed to carry forty candle- 
power lamps, but as they have not yet been inspected the lamps 
cannot be inserted and the light intended by the plcins for this 
room cannot be obtained. Some inquiry might well be made 
to ascertain why so long a time has elapsed during which this 
addition to the library has been idle. In addition a simple elec- 
tric light should be introduced in the basement under the addition 
in the Hyde Park Library, for the use of the janitor. 



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The sub-committee assigned to visit the Dorchester, Roxbury 
and Upham's Corner Branch Hbraries and six reading rooms has 
visited all these places. The fine enthusiasm displayed by the 
custodians and their assistants in the great work of assisting the 
public in selecting and making the best use of the pictures and 
magazines impressed the visitors strongly. The children seem 
to be the greater readers, giving promise that when they grow 
older they will show an increasing interest in the use of the 
Library and its branches. 

The Dorchester Branch of the Library has the same entrance 
as the Dorchester District Court. This is very objectionable for 
many reasons, especially since the defendants and witnesses use 
the Library as a waiting room, and are very often objectionable 
persons whose example and condition are not fit for older per- 
sons and, especially, children to see. 

The reading room at Mt. Bowdoin is doing excellent work. 
The Upham's Corner Branch seems to be ideally situated, with 
its separate room for children and with its very capable custo- 
dian catering to an ever-increasing population. Mr. Sheehan 
of the sub-committee, was fortunately present one day when 
Mrs. Cronan was having her hour for telling stories to the chil- 
dren, using the stories to excite an interest in the children so 
that they might acquire greater knowledge and love for the best 
in books and life. 

The Mt. Pleasant Reading Room is far less desirably situated 
than it will be when the new Municipal Building for that sec- 
tion of the city can accommodate it. The business-like system 
by which receipts are given for fines, here as throughout the Li- 
brary system, is specially commended. 

Conditions in other branch libraries, all of which were visited, 
seem to be satisfactory, save that there is general complaint of 
shortage of books, particularly fiction. One of the Reading 
Room custodians stated that she had received about one hun- 
dred and fifty books since January 15, 1913, and only two 
since last August. The Codmam Square Reading Room is in 
need of four more sections of shelves. 

Conditions at the North End and West End Branches are 
greatly improved. There is a marked increase in number of 



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readers cind demand for books. There is no complaint whatever 
of the service. It has been noted that the ItaHan element at the 
North End Branch would be very much better accommodated 
if more Italian books could be obtained from the local shelves. 
There have been repeated demands, which could not be granted, 
for the following publications: Reviews: La Lettura (Milan) ; 
La Rassegna Contemporanea (Rome) ; La Donna (Turin) ; 
Corriere dei Piccoli (Milan) ; II Marzocco (Florence) ; Books: 
Viaggi in Affrica della Duchessa D'Aosta (Milan) ; Collezione 
ItaHana Artistica (Istituto d'arte Geografica, Bergamo) ; Biblio- 
teca dei Ragazzi — 40 volumes (Istituto Editoriale, Milan); 
Collezione Profili (Formizzini, Genoa). 

At the Lecture Room in the North End Branch, much interest 
is taken in the illustrated lectures. At the present time, the prep- 
arations for these lectures are openly made, and much of the 
effect from the lectures is thereby lost. It would be advisable 
to provide a suitable curtain. 

The special committee on the work the Library is doing for 
children conmiends the wisdom and foresight of the Trustees in 
developing so excellent a system. No device is suggested for 
the furtherance of this important work. The masters of the 
Girls* Latin and several grammar schools report that the Library 
is usually able to supply them with the books they require. 
These teachers could offer no suggestions for further cooperation. 

With particular reference to children it is reported, as in the 
special report upon the Jamaica Plain Branch, that the lights 
are here placed too high above the tables for comfort in reading. 
This complaint has been frequently made to the custodian. 
There are desk lights which are not in use, because it has been 
found the children are very likely to interfere with them. The 
Roslindale Reading Room seems to be difficult to keep at a 
comfortable temperature and some children who were reading 
said they frequently found it cold. At the Boylston Station 
Reading Room the custodian reports that there are frequent 
calls by the children for German books which the Library cannot 
supply. This reading room is in the heart of a large German 
colony. The Warren Street Reading Room was found so un- 



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comfortably crowded by people waiting in line for books to 
take home that the children reading at the tables were disturbed. 
This reading room is altogether inadequate in size for the 
demands of the district. The custodians are working under great 
difficulties and their desk space is very limited. Their dis- 
cipline under these trying conditions is much to be commended. 
More shelf room and books are needed in all the branches zind 
reading rooms. Roxbury Crossing Reading Room especially 
asks for more books for children, as it cannot supply the demand 
for them. 

Among many matters brought to our attention smd covered by 
the various sub-committees as well as by the General Committee, 
was the question of the salaries paid in the Library. We feel 
that this difficult matter must be treated with much care and 
deliberation. The Library employees are not isolated groups 
which can be treated separately, especially in the matter of their 
compensation. The compensation paid in one part of the Li- 
brary is of necessity intimately connected with that paid in every 
other part. We should be sorry in touching upon salaries, to 
embarrass the Trustees in their efforts to treat the subject justly, 
but with due regard to the money placed at their disposal by 
the City Council. Yet upon such consideration as we have 
given to the matter, our opinion is that the salaries paid in the 
Library are on the whole incommensurate with the qualifications 
and service required of the employees. In the discussion of this 
matter at our meetings it was learned that the Trustees have 
under consideration and are about to propose a comprehensive 
scheme for the increase of salaries. In order, therefore, to avoid 
complication by advocating other schemes, the Examining Com- 
mittee passed the following vote: 

"RESOLVED: That it is the sense of the Examining Committee 
that a sum not less than Ten thousand dollars ($1 0,000) should be added 
to the appropriation of the Library this year to meet the increases in 
salary which may be deemed necessary by the Trustees." 

We hope the City Council may furnish the Trustees at least with 
this sum, so that salaries not only just in themselves, but measur- 
able with the value of the work in the Library and with the good 



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name of the City, may be paid. This is an important matter. 
The personnel of the Library service will surely suffer under the 
existing conditions, and indeed many instances indicate that it has 
already suffered. The personal influence of the employees over 
the children and others who resort to the reading rooms cannot 
be overestimated. The incentive of good salaries, — not a living 
wage, — should be held out in order to attract persons of edu- 
cation and refinement to the important work of directing the 
reading of children and aiding, in the best and most helpful ways, 
the persons who use the Library. 

In conclusion we can but recognize the fact that many of the 
definite suggestions of this report lie in the direction of increased 
expenditures. We should have been glad to point out advan- 
tageous ways by which money could be saved. But the com- 
mercial and industrial growth of Boston must be paralleled — if 
the city is to maintain its place — by a corresponding growth 
in the things that minister to the mind and the spirit. The Li- 
brary is the chief public reservoir and distributor of these things. 
The present Trustees have formed and are carrying out many 
admirable plans for continuing and extending the usefulness of 
the Library. We join in commending the spirit and the execu- 
tion of these plans, and in urging upon the City the wisdom of 
providing in every way for their fulfillment. 



REPORT OF THE LIBRARIAN. 

To the Board of Trustees: 

I respectfully submit my report for the year ending January 
31, 1914. 

REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS. 

Such usual and customary repairs have been made at the 
Central Library and Branches as were required to keep the 
plant in operative condition. The fire boxes to the boilers at 
the Central Building have been re-lined and new bridge walls 
built. These boilers are regularly inspected by the Hartford 
Steam Boiler and Inspection Company, and their present con- 
dition is satisfactory. 

TTie repairs upon the overhead system of steam piping, on the 
Special Libraries floor, amounting to complete replacement after 
seventeen years of service, have been completed. The elevators 
in this building, subjected to regular monthly inspection, are in 
good order, and they have been continously operated during the 
year, without accident. 

Gradually, as need arises for new lamps, those having tung- 
sten filaments have been substituted for the ordinary carbon type, 
and lamps of the new style are now in use in all the corridors, 
in Bates Hall, and in the Fine Arts and Children's Departments. 
Extensive repairs were made during the summer upon the plas- 
tered surface of the groined arches in the Courtyard Arcade. 

The new buildings at Charlestown and on North Bennel 
Street, have been completed and opened, enlarging our oppor- 
tunities for effective work in those districts. A new iron fence 
has been erected by the Fellows Athenaeum, the owners of the 
building occupied by the Roxbury Branch; the Public Buildings 
l^epartment has repainted and otherwise improved buildings in 
iheir control but partly occupied by the Library in West Rox- 
bury, at Upham*s Corner, and in Dorchester, and the owners have 



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similarly cared for buildings held by us under lease at Matta- 
pan, on Warren Street, and at Orient Heights. 

About 50 framed pictures have been hung at various branches 
and reading rooms, adding to the attractive appearance of the 
rooms. 

THE USE OF BOOKS. 

During the year 1 ,848,973 books have been lent for use 
outside the various library buildings. This may be compared 
with 1,744,878, the number similarly lent during the preceding 
year. To prevent misleading use of these figures the follov^ing 
statement is repeated from former reports: 

"The tabulated figures are of value in comparison with our 
own similar figures presented in other years, but they should not 
be closely compared with the records of other libraries, unless 
it is certain that such records have been made upon exactly the 
same system as that in use by us." 

TTie statistical tables follow, showing the recorded circulation 
in detail. The figures for the Central Library are based upon 
the annual report of Mr. Frank C. Blaisdell, Chief of the Issue 
Department. The figures for the Branches are from the reports 
of the Custodians, made month by month. 

The figures reported by months are presented in detail : 

CIRCULATION FROM CENTRAL BY MONTHS. 





HOME USE 
DIRECT. 


HOME USE 

THROUGH 

BRANCH DEPT. 


SCHOOLS AND 
INSTITUTIONS 

THROUGH 
BRANCH DEPT. 


TOTALS. 


February, 191 3 . 


30,096 


10,145 


10,388 


50,629 


March, 


26,671 


9,069 


10.299 


46.039 


April, 


26,035 


8,523 


9,862 


44,420 


May, " . 


21,904 


7,119 


10,472 


39,495 


June, 


18,998 


6,085 


9,500 


34.593 


July, ;; . 


14,032 


4,131 


2,748 


20,91 1 


August, 


14,643 


3,797 


2,717 


21,157 


September, 


14,898 


3.304 


3,460 


21,662 


October, " . 


18,816 


4,655 


6,251 


29,722 


November, 


25,346 


7,896 


8,083 


41,325 


December, 


25,258 


8,026 


8,887 


42,171 


January, 1914 . 


24.268 


7,370 


9,540 


41,178 



Totals 



260.965 



80,120 



92,207 



433.292 



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The figures for the entire system are condensed into a single 
statement as follows: 

Boo^s lent for Home Use, including Circulation Through Schools and Institutions. 

From Central Library (including Central Library books issued through the 

branches and reading-room stations) ....... 433,292 

From Branches and reading-room stations (other than books received from 
Central) L415.681 

Total number of volumes lent for home use and through schools and 

institutions 1,848,973 

Comparative statements for two consecutive years follow : 

1912-13. 1913-14 

Central Library circulation (excluding 
schools and institutions) : 

260,965 

80,120 
341,832 341,085 



Direct home use ... . 
Through branches and reading-room 
stations for home use . 


264,507 
77.325 


Branch Department circulation (exclud- 
ing schools and institutions): 
Direct home use 

From branch collections 
From reading-room stations . 


781,324 
429,986 



852,124 
448,224 

1.211,310 1,300,348 

Schools and institutions circulation: (in- 
cluding books from Central through 
the Branch system) . . . 191,736 207,540 



1.744,878 1,848,973 

The unrecorded circulation of the Library, that is, the use 
of books in the various reading rooms, by students and general 
readers, is very much greater than the recorded circulation which 
appears in the preceding tables. It is as important, and in some 
respects more important than the recorded circulation. It in- 
cludes an extensive use of books by scholars engaged in serious 
research, by pupils from the schools and colleges, by study 
classes which are investigating special subjects, as well as the 
use of books by those who, for various reasons, prefer to read in 
the Library instead of at home. 

At least 300,000 volumes in the Central Library, Branches 
and Reading-Room Stations are now on open shelves, to be used 
freely by the public. It is impossible to record this use statis- 
tically, but it should not be forgotten in connection with the 
inspection of the usual tables of recorded circulation. 



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The Branch Department draws very heavily from the Central 
Library collection. It is one of the distinctive features of this 
Library that any borrower may be supplied with books from the 
Central Library upon a request made at a Branch, the desired 
volumes (unless already in the hands of other borrowers) being 
sent out by means of our daily wagon system of delivery. This 
facility of use of Central books through the Branches tends to re- 
duce somewhat the direct Central circulation for home readers. 
It will be noted from the tables that this circulation shows a slight 
decline for the past year as compared with the year preceding. 
On the other hand, the circulation from the Central Library 
through the Branches and Reading-Room Stations shows an 
almost equal increase, leaving the total Central Library circula- 
tion for home use virtually unaffected. Year by year the use of 
the Branches as the chief agencies for obtaining popular books 
for home reading whether from the Branch collections themselves 
or from the Central Library is likely to increase. But the use 
of the Central Library as the chief agency for reference work 
increases, and undoubtedly will continue to increase. 

The number of places supplied with books on deposit from the 
Central Library shows an increase of three, and the number of 
volumes sent on deposit was 42,828 as against 42,587 in 1912. 
There is at the Central Library a distinct collection of books for 
use in deposits, thereby diminishing the demand for books from 
the Stacks, which would otherwise be drawn upon for deposit use. 
This prevents the alienation of Stack books from the regular 
patrons of the Central Library or from those who call for such 
books upon cards at the Branches. 

During the year 22.200 unbound copies of periodicals have 
been sent to public institutions, to the coffee rooms of the Church 
Temperance Society, or to the State Prison. 

A tabular statement follows of books lent or borrowed on the 

Inter-Library Loan arrangement with other libraries, showing 

the operations of two successive years: 

1912-13. 1913-14. 

Lent to libraries in Massachusetts ...... 987 1,179 

Lent lo libraries outside of Massachuseftis ..... 264 230 

Total 1.251 1.409 

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Applications refused: 1912-13. 1913-14. 

From libraries in Massachusetts 307 270 

From libraries outside of Massachusetts 62 84 

Total 369 354 

Borrowed from other libraries ....... 25 22 

The Inter-Library Loan plan enables us to borrow occasionally 
from other libraries books which we do not possess for the tem- 
porary use of our card holders. In the same way, we occa- 
sionally lend to other libraries, for temporary use, books which 
they do not own, which may be needed by their readers. Books 
are never lent in this way which are in urgent demand at the 
home library, and, in general, the books lent include only those 
required for study, and those which the borrowing library can 
not easily obtain by purchase. 

BOOKS RECEIVED. 

A statistical statement of the number of books received follows : 

Doolfs acquired by purchase. 

For the Central Library: 1912-13. 1913-14. 

From City appropriation 8,353 8,493 

From Trust Funds income . 3,711 3,367 

12,064 11.860 

For branches and reading-room stations: 

From City appropriation . 11 ,734 1 3,952 

From Trust Funds income .... 926 1,504 

12,660 15.456 

24,724 27,316 

By Fellowes Athenaeum (for the Roxbury 

Branch) 943 1,017 

Totals 25,667 28,333 

The following statement shows whether the books added to 
the Library during the year have been obtained by purchase, 
gift or exchange: 

CENTRAL, BRANCHES, TOTAL, 
VOLUMES. VOLUMES. VOLUMES. 

Accessions by purchase (including 1017 volumes by 

Fellowes Athenaeum, for Roxbury Branch) 11.860 16,473 28.333 
Accessions by gift (including 24 volumes through 

Fellowes Athenaeum, for Roxbury Branch) 6,294 585 6.879 

Accessions by Statistical Department 489 .... 489 

Accessions by exchange ...... 339 106 445 

Accessions of periodicals (bound) .... 2.000 401 2,401 

Accessions of newspapers (bound) . . . . 100 .... 100 

Totals 21,082 17.565 38,647 



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PURCHASES OF FICTION. 

Hie number of volumes of fiction (new publications) ex- 
amined during the year was 932, and from these a selection of 
175 titles was made, (including fiction for young readers), and 
2,758 copies were bought. Replacements and additional copies 
of fiction already in the catalogue were bought to the extent of 
8,541 volumes. This statement covers all fiction, whether in 
English or other languages; and its total cost was $10,892.33 
or about 28 per cent of the amount expended for all books. 

NOTEWORTHY ACCESSIONS. 

The report of Miss Theodosia E. Macurdy, Chief of the 
Ordering Department, furnishes the following details as to impor- 
tant accessions: 

PURCHASES. 
Almanacs. 

Almanack of Almanacks, collected from Poor Job, and others. For the 

year of our Lord, 1752. Boston: Printed and sold by Fowle in 

Queen-Street. 
BickerstafF's New England Almanack for the year of our Lord, 1 780. 

Norwich: Printed ... by J. Trumbull. 
Connecticut Almanack, for 1 768. By Clark Elliott. New London, 

Printed and sold by Timothy Green. 
Franklin Almanack for the year . . . 1795, Boston: Printed and sold 

by Joseph Bumstead. 
Freebetter's Connecticut Almanack, for the years 1 774, 76, 77, 78. New 

London, Printed and sold by T. Green. 
Freebetter's New-England Almanack, for the year 1 776. New London, 

Printed and sold by T. Green. 
New England Town and Country Almanack, containing an Ephemeris 

... for the year 1 769. ... By Abraham Weatherwise, Gent. 

Providence: Printed and sold ... by Sarah Goddard and John 

Carter. 
N. England Kalendar, 1 704, or an Almanack for the year ... 1 704 

By a Lover of Astronomy. Boston: Printed by B. Green and J. 

Allen. ... 1 704. 
New England Town and Country Almanack, containing an Ephemeris 

... for the year of our Lord, 1 769. By Abraham Weather^v^se, 

Gent. Providence: Printed and sold ... by Sarah Goddard and 

John Carter. 



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Philo's Essex Almanack, for the year ... 1 770. Salem: Samuel Hall. 
Poor Robin, 1682. An almanack after a new fashion . . . Wherein 

the Reader may see (having before his eye-sight with a good mornings 

Draught) many remarkable things worthy of precious observation. 

Containing a twofold kalendar ; . . . Written by Poor Robin, Knight 

of the Burnt-island, a well-wisher to the Mathematicks. London: 

Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1 662. 
Travis, Daniel. An Almanack of Coelestial Motion and aspects for the 

years 1711, 19, 20. Boston. 
Weatherwise, Abraham. Father Abraham's Almanack, for the year of 

our Lord, 1770. Philadelphia: John Dunlap. 
Wheten, George. An astronomical Diary : or. An Almanack for the year 

... 1 754. Boston; Printed and Sold by D. Fowle, next the Prison 

in Queen Street. 
Whittemore, Nathaniel. An almanack for the year 1 728. Printed for 

Nicholas Boone. Boston. 

Boolis. 

Aubert, Edouard. Tresor de I'Abbaye de Saint Maurice d'Agaune. 

45 plates. Many of the plates are colored. Paris. 1 872. 
Baker, C. H. Collins. Lely and the Stuart portrait painters before and 

after Van Dyck. With 240 reproductions after the original pictures. 

2 v. London. Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society. 

1912. 
Bible. [BibliaLatina.] Vol.1. Leipzig. Der Insel Verlag. 1913. 

[A facsimile edition of the 42-line Bible, assumed to have been printed 

in 1453 and by some ascribed to Gutenberg as printer.] 
Bibliophile Society. Publications: — 

Burns. Robert. The Geddes Burns. [Poems, chiefly in the Scottish 
dialect. Edinburgh. MDCCLXXXVIL] [Boston. 1908.] 
Manuscript facsimile. 

Reprinted in facsimile from William K. Bixby's copy of the 1 st 
Edinburgh edition, formerly presented by Burns to Alexander 
Geddes: with facsimiles of Geddes's book-plate and of an autograph 
letter and autograph poems of Burns. Inserted is a portrait of Burns 
by W. H. W. Bicknell. 

Keats, John. John Keats unpublished poem to his sister Fanny, April, 
1818. Boston. 1909. Facsimiles. Portrait. 

Lamb, Charles. The letters of Charles Lamb, in which many mutilated 
words and passages have been restored to their original form . . . 
5 V. Boston. 1905. 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Romance of Mary W. Shelley, John 
Howard Payne and Washington Irving. Portraits. Engraved title- 
page. Boston. 1 907. 



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Thoreau, Henry D. Walden : or. life in the woods. Portrait. Plates. 
Facsimile. 2 v. Boston. 1909. 

Edition limited to 483 copies. The original manuscript of the 
above is in the collection of Mr. W. K. Bixby. 
Bibliophile Society. Tenth Year Book. 1911. Engraved title-page. 

Boston. 1911. Edition of 500 copies. 
Bibliophile Society. Eleventh Year Book. 191 2. Boston. 1912. 
Edition of 500 copies. 

Boston Aqueduct Corporation, 1 795. Original records of. The Presi- 
dent's and Directors' records. A corporation formed for bringing 
fresh water from Jamaica Pond to Boston : — Records of meetings of 
the Corporation from the beginning, to the time of the transfer to the 
City of Boston. 1 85 1 . 2 v. 

Brabourne, (Lord), and Charles Chubb. The birds of South America. 
V. 1. Colored plates. London. Porter. 1912. 
(To be pubHshed in 16 volumes.) 

Broadside. An humble intercession for the distressed Town of Boston, 
Now almost deserted by its former rightful inhabitants, many of whom 
have fled, chusing to take refuge in the woods and caves, for the sake 
of liberty, rather than to live in splendor and affluence among slaves and 
tyrants. . . . Salem. Printed by E. Russell. . . . 1775. [Verse.] 
Two column broadside with woodcuts at the top. The poem in the 
right-hand column reads "A new liberty song. Composed at the Camp 
Prospect Hill, August, 1775." 

Cescinsky, Herbert. English furniture of the eighteenth century. Illus- 
trated from drawings by the author and from photographs. 3 v. Lon - 
don. 1911. 

Demaison, Louis. Album de la cathedrale de Reims. 2 v. Reims. 
1902. 300 plates. 

Dennis, John. A defence of Sir Fopling Flutter, a comedy. . . . By 
Sir George Etheridge . . . London. (1722.) [An attack on Sir 
Richard Steele.] For Brown Dramatic Collection. 

Egger, Hermann. Romische Veduten. Handzeichnungen aus dem XV- 
XVIIL Jahrhundert. Band L Wien. [1911.] 115 plates. 

Euclid. Euchdis megarensis philosophi acutissimi mathematicorumqj 
omnium sine controuersia principis opaa Carapano interprete fldissimo 
tralata. . . . Colophon: Venetiis impressum . . . MDVIIII. 
[Title printed in red and black. ] For Bowditch Collection. 

Geiler von Kaisersberg, Johann. SErmoes Prestantissimi sacrarum litera- 
rum Doctoris Joanis Geilerii Keiserspergii Cotionatoris Argentineii- 
fructuosissimi de tepore & de sctis accomodandi. . , . Colophon . . . 
[Strassburg. 1515.] F°. Gothic letter. 

German Classics, The. Edited by K. Francke and W. G. Howard. 
New York. German Publication Society. (In 20 volumes.) V. 
1-5. 



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Horsbrugh, Boyd Robert. The game-birds & water-fowl of South 
Africa. London. 1912. Colored plates. 

Leisching, Julius. Schabkunst. Ihre Technik und Geschichte in ihren 
Hauptwerken von XVII. bis zum XX. Jahrhundert. Wien. 1913. 

Longfellow. The song of Drop-o'Wather, by Harry Wadsworth Short- 
fellow (Mary Cowden Clarke). London. 1856. 
The song of Milgenwater. Translated from the original Feejee, by 
Marc Antony Henderson. Cincinnati. 1856. 

Hiawatha, or ardent spirits and laughing water, a musical extravaganza. 
Also, two autograph letters of Longfellow relating to his books, the 
parodies and translations. For Artz Collection. 

Lowell, James Russell. The Biglow papers. Second series. London. 
1865. 

A rare edition published two years previous to the first American edition. 
For Artz Collection. 

Martin, Camille. L'art roman en France: L' architecture et le decoration. 
2 V. Paris. 1910. 1911. 

New England Primer, improved, for the more easy attaining the true read- 
ing of English. To which is added the Assembly of Divines and Mr. 
Cotton's catechism. Boston. Printed and sold by Nathaniel Coverly, 
in Newbury Street. 1 762. 

New England Primer, improved, or, an easy and pleasant guide to the art 
of Reading to which is added The Assembly's catechism. Adorned 
with cuts. Boston. Printed by Benjamin True. No. 73 State St. 

Pennsylvania Evening Post, Jan. 2, 1776 to Dec. 28, 1776. Contain- 
ing the first appearance in print of the Declaration of Independence, issue 
of July 6. 

Shakespeare. Works. 10 volumes. Edited by A. H. Bullen, Strat- 
ford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare Head Press. 1904-07. 

Smith, William. The history of the Province of New York, from the 
first discovery to the year MDCCXXXII to which is annexed a de- 
scription of the Country, with a short account of the inhabitants. Lon- 
don. 1757. 

Tresor de l'art beige au XVII siecle. Memorial de I'Exposition d'art 
ancien a Bruxelles en 1 9 1 0. 2 v. Bruxelles. 1913. 

Turrell, Charles. Miniatures: a series of reproductions in colour & photo- 
gravure of ninety-eight miniatures of distinguished persons, including 
Queen Mary, Queen Alexandra . . . with an introduction by George 
C. Williamson. London. 1913. 

Unicorni, Giuseppe. De I'arithmetica universale . . . Parte prima, 
seconda. In Venetia ... 1 598. For the Bowditch Collection. 

Vallance, Aymer. The old colleges of Oxford. Their architectural 
history illustrated and described. Illustrations. Plates. Plans. 
London. Batsford. (1912.) 



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West, Mrs. George Cornwallis-, editor. 1616—1916. Shakespeare 
Memorial Souvenir of the Shakespeare Ball. Published for the Com- 
mittee by F. Warne & Co. London & New York. [1913.] (The 
portraits, many of them colored, show the historical costumes worn at 
the ball which was held in support of the Shakespeare Memorial 
Fund.) 

Whitman, Walt. The complete writings of . . . issued under the edi- 
torial supervision of his Hterary executors. 10 v. London. 1902. 
The Book-Lover's Camden edition. For the Artz Collection. 

The following books, bought for the Brown Music Collection, were 

secured at the Sotheby and Anderson Sales. 

Calliope, or English harmony. A collection of the most celebrated Eng- 
lish and Scots songs, engraved throughout with frontispieces and 400 
beautifully engraved head-pieces representing the subject of each song. 
2 v. in 1. Bound in morocco by F. Bedford. (1739.) 

Lyon, James. Urania: or, A choice collection of Psalm tunes, anthems, 
and hymns ... to which are prefixed the plainest and most necessary 
rules of Psalmody. Engraved title and music by Henry Dawkins. 
Philadelphia. 1761. 

New Calliope, The, or English harmony in taste. A collection of cele- 
brated songs and cantatas by the most approv'd masters. Volume the 
first (all pubhshed) containing 100 airs with transpositions for the flute, 
engraved throughout, with an engraving adapted to each song, and 
frontisipece. In original calf. Roberts. 1 743. 

Playford, H. Harmonia Sacra: or. Divine hymns and dialogues, with a 
thorough-bass for the Theorbo-lute, Bass-viol, Harpsichord, or organ. 
London. W. Pearson. 1714. 

Pleasant Musical Companion, The: being a choice collection of catches, 
for three and four voices. Composed by Dr. John Blow . . . and 
other eminent masters. The tenth edition, corrected, and several 
new catches. London. J. Johnson. (N.d.) 

Syren, The. Containing a collection of 430 of the most Celebrated 
English songs, nine of which are contain'd in the Collection of the same 
size, caird the Nightingale. Second edition, with the addition of 
many new songs. London. Osborn. 1 738. 

Universal Harmony, or, the Gentleman and Ladies Social Companion: 
consisting of a great variety of the best . . . English and Scots songs, 
cantatas, etc. Engraved throughout. London. Printed for J. Hen- 
ry. .. . 1745. 

Universal Musician: or Singster's deUght, consisting of the most celebrated 
English and Scotch songs, favorite cantatas, etc., designed for the enter- 
tainment of lovers, country sportsmen, jovial companions, etc. V. 1 
(all published). London. W. Raynor. 1738. 



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Especial attention has been paid to the acquisition of books relating to 
architecture and city planning. There have been acquired collections of 
Bohemian literature (in the Bohemian language) and of books in Polish, 
Swedish, Yiddish and Italian, the Yiddish and Italian collections being 
principally translations from English works adapted to the needs of the 
North End Branch. 

GIFTS. 

The gifts received during the year from 3595 donors number 10,858 

volumes, 23,939 serials, 1,141 photographs and 80 newspapers. The 

following list represents the gifts of especial importance; except as other- 
wise noted, the givers are residents of Boston: 

Andersen, Hendrik Christian, Rome, Italy. Creation of a world centre 
of communication. By Hendrik Christian Andersen. Paris. 1913. 
English edition. Folio. Plates. Plans. Maps. 

Barny, Everett Hosmer, Springfield. Everett Hosmer Barney — A 
record of his life work. George Murray Barney. (Compiled by 
Frederick WilHam Adams.) Springfield. 1912. Privately printed. 
Illustrated. Portraits. Plates. Facsimiles. 

Benton, Josiah H. Twenty-seven bound volumes, 52 unbound pamphlets 
and serials and 46 large framed photographs of the Tyrolese Mountains. 

Bixby, W. K., St. Louis. Facsimiles of Swinburne manuscripts. 

Bradley, Mrs. Leverett. Portrait of Dr. Johnson by Sir Joshua Reynolds. 
(Copy of the portrait in the National Gallery, London.) 

Brown, Allen A. Seventy-six volumes of music. 

Case, Mrs. James B. One hundred and thirty-nine pamphlets, reports, 
and 76 numbers of periodicals. 

Cheney Brothers, So. Manchester, Connecticut. Cheney silk exhibits. 
Twelve sets of charts illustrating the process of silk manufacture. 
(Placed in the Central Library and Branches.) 

Collins, Frank S., Maiden. Two hundred and seventy-one volumes, in- 
cluding music, text books and Bibles, 2 1 numbers of periodicals and 3 1 
engravings. 

Crowninshield, Francis B. The story of George Crowninshield's yacht 
Cleopatra's Barge, on a voyage of pleasure to the Western Islands and 
the Mediterranean, 181 6—1 7. Compiled by Francis B. Crowninshield. 
Boston. Privately printed. 1913. Portraits. Maps. Facsimiles. 

Davis, Simon. Two hundred and one volumes, chiefly text books and 
including Apple ton's Cyclopaedia in I 6 volumes. 

Eliot, The Misses, Cambridge. Ames' Almanack for 1775 and 1777; 
Poor Richard Almanac. 1 764. Printed by B. Franklin; Weather- 
wise's Almanack for the year 1 789 ; A mournful lamentation for the 
death of Mr. Old Tenor, who expired the 31st. day of March, I 750. 
(Broadside.) 



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Freer, Charles L., Detroit, Michigan. Facsimile of the Washington 
Manuscript of the Four Gospels in the Freer Collection in the Univer- 
sity of Michigan. 

Hannigan, W. T. Two hundred and fity-six volumes, government and 
law documents. 

Harvard University, Cambridge. One hundred and ninety-two pam- 
phlets, catalogues and reports. 

Hersey, Miss Heloise E. Sixty-two volumes, miscellaneous works, in- 
cluding three volumes of The Vassarion. 

Itahan Consulate, The., New York City. A large wall map of Italy for 
the North End Branch. 

Jeffries, Miss Marian S. Two hundred bound volumes, 1 33 unbound 
volumes, I 32 numbers of periodicals, chiefly Littell's and Boston Sym- 
phony Orchestra programs, and 202 unmounted photographs. 

Kellen, William V. One hundred and fity-six photographs of views of 
Itahan cities, including those of Palermo, Messina, Naples, Pompeii, 
Florence and Rome. 

Kilham, Walter H. One hundred and seventeen lantern slides. 
Subjects: — Boston, France, Spain and historic ornament. 

Knapp, George B. A collection of old playbills, theatre and concert 
programmes. 

Lee, WilHam H. Deaths in the dramatic and musical professions 1901 — 
1912. Compiled by William H. Lee. 2 volumes. (Collection of 
newspaper clippings bound.) 

3437 cartoons of the Presidential campaign of 1912. Collected and 
mounted by William H. Lee. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Catalogue of a loan 
exhibition of paintings by old Dutch masters, held at the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in connection with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 
1909. By William R. Valentiner. Edition de Luxe. 

Morgan, J. Pierpont, New York City. Babylonian Records in the Li- 
brary of J. Pierpont Morgan. Part 1 & 2. Edited by Albert T. 
Clay. 

Norton, Mrs. Jacob. One hundred and twenty-five volumes, a miscel- 
laneous collection, and 1 3 volumes of Puck. 

Oliver Ditson Company. Fifteen pieces of new music. 

Peabody, Miss C. E., Cambridge. Four hundred and forty-six theatre 
and concert programs. 

Powers, J. H., Bureau of University Travel. Forty-seven photographs 
of works by Ghiberti, Velasquez, Turner, Michelangelo and others. 

Preston, William Gibbons, Estate of, through James Calderwood, 
Ejtecutor. Fifty volumes of architectural plans, drawn by W. G. Pres- 
ton. (These include many of the commercial buildings in Boston.) 



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Richards, Dr. George E. Fifty-six volumes, including fourteen volumes 
of "Der Salon", lacking in the Library set, and 32 volumes of Spanish, 
Itahan, French and German literature. 

Ross, Mrs. Waldo O. Forty volumes, miscellaneous works, including 
nine bound volumes of Country Life, also 415 numbers of periodicals, 
McClure's, Country Life, The Christian Register and the World's 
Work. 

Sampson & Murdock Co. Directories of various cities and towns of the 
United States and Canada. 345 volumes. 

Sears, Herbert M. Ninety-two publications of the Chaucer Society 

Stone, Miss Ellen, Lexington. A collection of old theatre and conccr; 
programs, periodicals and newspapers. 

Walcott, George H. Fifty-six volumes, unbound, and 1 03 numbers 
relating to chess. 

Warren, Miss Bessie E. Two hundred and twenty-four volumes, chiefly 
documents and reports, 2,200 periodicals and 400 newspaeprs. 

White, Smith Music Publishing Co. Sixty pieces of new music. 

Women's Education Association. Seventy-nine volumes of Italian litera- 
ture for the North End Branch. 

For the Teachers' Reference Collection, the following publishers have 

contributed text books published by them, in use in the Boston Public 

Schools. 

Allyn & Bacon. Sixteen volumes. 

Atkinson, Mentzer & Company. Sixteen volumes. 

Beattys, Frank D., & Co., New York City. Seven volumes. 

Ginn & Company. Two hundred volumes. 

Gregg Publishing Company, New York City. Fourteen volumes on short- 
hand instruction. 

Harper & Brothers, New York City. Three volumes. 

Holt, Henry, & Company, New York City. Twelve volumes. 

Houghton, Mifflin Company. Twenty-two volumes. 

Jenkins, William R., Company, New York City. Twenty-one volumes, 
French and Spanish text books. 

Lippincott, J. B., & Co., Philadelphia. Three volumes. 

Little, Brown & Company. Thirty-four volumes. 

Macmillan Company, The, New York City. Fourteen volumes. 

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York City. Forty-three volumes. 

Thompson Brown Company. Twenty-three volumes. 

THE CATALOGUE DEPARTMENT. 

During the year 57,664 volumes and parts of volumes, cover- 
ing 37,306 titles, have been catalogued under the direction of 
Mr. S. A. Chevalier, Chief of the Catalogue Department. The 



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disposition of these volumes and titles is shown in the followng 
statement, which also permits a comparison with the preceding 
year. 





VOLS. AND 


TITLES. 


VOLS. AND 


TITLES. 




PARTS. 




PARTS. 






1912-13. 


1913- 


-14. 


Catalogued (new) : 










Central Library Catalogue 


19.270 


13,352 


17,422 


12.244 


Serials ..... 


6,069 




6.687 




Branches .... 


14,872 


13,612 


17.624 


15.594 


Re-catalogued .... 


22.881 


11,888 


15,931 


9.468 


Totals .... 


63,092 


38,852 


57.664 


37.306 



There have been added to the catalogue cases throughout the 
system 1 64,535 cards, the number added to the catalogue cases 
in the Central Library being 154,813. In order to obviate in- 
convenience on account of the unavoidable delay in filing the 
printed cards for new purchases, a temporary card, cataloguing 
the books under the name of the author, is placed in the Bates 
Hall catalogue cases within a few days after the receipt of the 
volumes. 

In addition to the current work of cataloguing, a large number 
of subject headings in the public catalogues have been revised, 
divided and made more convenient for public use. Many of the 
old cards in the Bates Hall cases carrying titles cut from the old 
printed indexes, have been replaced by new printed cards, fuller 
in their descriptive matter; and this work will be carried still 
farther by the Department during the coming year. Eventually 
all these old cards will be eliminated. 

The important catalogue of the works in the Library relating 
to Architecture and allied subjects is in type, and the completed 
volume will be issued during the coming summer. A printed 
catalogue of the Allen A. Brown Dramatic Collection is in 
process. In the Catalogue Department also, several valuable 
bibliographical lists have been compiled during the year, and 
various items of bibliographical information furnished through 
correspondence to patrons of the Library. 

In the transfer of duplicate volumes from the Library, for sale 
on exchange account, the services of expert cataloguers are re- 



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quired in comparing the editions of the dupUcates in order that the 
most valuable and perfect copies may be retained. Frequently, 
in addition to the comparison of the volumes, changes in all the 
records of the titles are required, and during the progress of this 
work, and in other examinations of the shelves, many works in 
the general collection have been transferred to special collections 
for greater safety and convenience of access. In all such cases 
new numbering and new records are necessary, and all this work, 
performed in regular course by the Catalogue Department, does 
not admit of statement in statistical tables. 



SHELF DEPARTMENT. 

The usual Shelf Department statistics are presented below, 
from the report of Mr. W. G. T. Roffe, in charge : 

Placed on the Central Library shelves during the year: 

General collection, new books (including continuations) .... 17,701 

Special collections, new books ........ 6,704 

Books reported lost or missing in previous years, but now found, transfers 

from Branches, etc. ......... 771 



Removed from the Central Library shelves during the year: 

Books reported lost or missing, condemned copies not yet replaced, trans- 
fers, etc. ........... 



25.176 



7.339 

17.837 
255 



Net gain at Central Library 

Net gain at Branches and Reading-room stations 

Net gain, entire library system 18,092 

The total number of volumes available for public use at the 
end of each year since the formation of the Library is shown in 
the following statement. 



1852-53 
1853-54 
1854-55 
1855-56 
1856-57 
1857-58 
1858-59 
1859-60 
1860-61 
1861-62 
1862-63 
1863-64 
1864-65 



9,688 


1865-66 


16.221 


1866-67 


22.617 


1867-68 


28.080 


1868-69 


34.896 


1869-70 


70,851 


1870-71 


78.043 


1871-72 


85,031 


1872-73 


97,386 


1873-74 


105,034 


1874-75 


110.563 


1875-76 


116.934 


1876-77 


123.016 


1877-78 



130,678 
136.080 
144,092 
1 52.796 
160,573 
1 79,250 
192.958 
209,456 
260,550 
276,918 
297.873 
312.010 
345,734 



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1878-79 
1879-«0 
I880-«I 
1881-82 
1882-83 
1883-«4 
1884-«5 

1885 . 

1886 . 

1887 . 

1888 . 

1889 . 

1890 . 

1891 . 

1892 . 

1893 . 

1894 . 

1895 . 



Volumes in enliie library system 

In the branches and reading-room stations 



360.963 


1896-97 


377.225 


1897-98 


390,982 


1898-99 


404.221 


1899-00 


422.116 


1900-01 


438.594 


1901-02 


453.947 


1902-03 


460,993 


1903-04 


479,421 


1904-05 


492.956 


1905-06 


505.872 


1906-07 


520.508 


1907-08 


536.027 


1908-09 


556.283 


1909-10 


576.237 


1910-11 


597,152 


1911-12 


610,375 


1912-13 


628,297 


1913-14 



These volumes are located as follows; 



Central Library . 


813,533 


Brighton .... 


18,900 


Charlestown 


15,055 


Dorchester .... 


19,526 


East Boston 


16,259 


Hyde Park 


26,195 


Jamaica Plain 


15,008 


North End . 


3,774 


Roxbury Branch: 




Fellowes Athenaeum 29,042 




Owned by City 8.229 




Total, Roxbury Branch 


37,271 


South Boston 


17,426 


South End .... 


1 5,985 


Upham's Corner . 


8,012 


West End . 


17,129 


West Roxbury . 


8.758 



Lower Mills (Station A) . 
Roslindale (Station B) 
Mattapan (Station D) 
Neponsel (Station E) . 
Mt. Bowdoin (Station F) . 
Allston (Station G) 
Codman Square (Station J) 
Mt. Pleasant (Station N) . 
Broadway Ext. (Station P) 
Warren Street (Station R) . 
Roxbury Crossing (Station S) 
Boylston Sta. (Station T) 
Orient Heights (Station Z) . 
City Point (Station 23) 
Parker Hill (Station 24) . 



Net gain at Central Library 

Net gain at branches and reading-room stations 



663.763 
698.888 
716,050 
746,383 
781,377 
812,264 
835.904 
848.884 
871.050 
878.933 
903,349 
922,348 
941,024 
961,522 
987,268 
1,006,717 
1,049,011 
1,067,103 

1,067.103 
253,570 



792 
6,798 

885 
1,018 
4,367 
1,493 
4,786 
1,600 
3,113 
1,466 
1,229 
1,405 
1,788 
2,459 
1,073 



Net gain, entire library system 



17,837 
255 

18.092 



CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT — CENTRAL LIBRARY. 

Besides the provision which the library makes for children 
at the Branches, the Children's Reading Room at the Central 
Library serves youthful readers from every part of the City. Its 
large collection of juvenile books on open shelves arouses their 
interest, and the general attractions of the beautiful Central build- 



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ing are also influential in promoting the large use of this Depart- 
ment. The trained attendants in the Department are continually 
employed in helpful service, showing the children how the books 
may be found, the way in which the catalogue may be used, and 
in other ways aiding in extending the knowledge of the Library 
among these young readers. Certain phases of the work of the 
Department are thus referred to in the annual report of Miss 
Alice M. Jordan, the Custodian: 

... It has its place as a pleasant resort in leisure hours, a friendly 
encouragement toward forming a reading habit. It serves also as an 
introduction to a general use of libraries, making them more accessible 
because of this early association. Evidence that this has been the effect 
upon children w^ho have left this city for other homes is received by our 
hearing of their prompt connection with other libraries. What is gained by 
association with the dignity and beauty of the building, by the inspration of 
ideals gathered from books here, cannot be measured. 

Service is rendered to the community by this Department in other ways 
than in providing a reading room for children. From its beginning, it has 
been drawn upon to furnish information on educational topics to Investi- 
gators in various pursuits. Demands of this kind increase each year. An 
increasing number of requests for help in choosing books for children's 
ownership is noticed with satisfaction. For this purpose, the collection of 
special editions of children's classics has a wide sphere of usefulness. It 
is also greatly appreciated by art students, illustrators and designers. From 
the collection of pictures, 2,073 were circulated to teachers and pupils 
during the year. In this work a type of picture different from that pro- 
vided in the Fine Arts Department is used, thus avoiding duplication of 
work. 

The special collection of books in this Department is drawn 
upon for issue through the Branches, 1 4,861 volumes having been 
lent in this way during the year, besides the general issue direct 
to readers for home use. 

No part of the Library excites greater interest on the part of 
the distinguished visitors from abroad who from time to time 
come to the Library. It is noticeable to them that, with attend- 
ance voluntary, so many children wish to read here. 

BATES HALL. 

The use of Bates Hall, the principal reading room at the 
Central Library, continues to increase. The Chief of the Refer- 
ence Department, Mr. Oscar A. Bierstadt, remarks : 



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No attempt is made to count the many thousands of volumes brought 
from the stacks to be used by students at the reading tables. The nine 
thousand reference books on the open shelves of the Hall are consulted 
more than any other works in the entire library system, and it w^ould be 
impossible to keep a complete record of this use. Consequently there is 
lack of statistics to show the quantity of work done here. In quality it 
is even more remarkable. If one could inspect what is in use by the readers 
il would be surprising to note how few volumes of light literature are in hand 
and how many serious works are aiding in the advancement of learning. 
Readers of fiction usually take their books home, while students frequent 
Bates Hall. The attendants are called upon for help on a great variety 
of subjects, and the amount of reference work is constantly increasing. 
In calling for books during the year readers used 575,000 hall use and 
255,000 home use slips, a total of 830,000 slips. 

THE SPECIAL LIBRARIES. 

Under the name of Special Libraries are grouped the special 
collections on the upper floor of the Central Library. These in- 
clude the books relating to the Fine Arts, Architecture and the 
allied subjects of design and building technique; the Allen A. 
Brown Music Collection; The Barton-Ticknor Room, in which 
are placed the Barton Collection of Shakesperiana, the George 
Ticknor Collection of Spanish literature, the Allen A. Brown 
Dramatic Library, and many special collections. 

The valuable books in this group are especially used by scho- 
lars and students engaged in literary research. Many of the 
volumes can be found in no other library in this country, and the 
reading tables m the Barton Gallery are in constant use under 
reservation by authors, educators, and others who find in this 
retired reading-room the quiet and privacy necessary to their 
work. In the Fme Arts reading-room the tables are usually 
fully occupied, and the considerable number of books on open 
shelves are freely used, as in Bates Hall. The West Gallery 
leading from this reading-room is especially devoted to reserva- 
tions for classes from the schools of art and design, to various 
other study classes, and to conferences in connection with the 
University Extension Courses. In the Allen A. Brown Music 
Room students of music find material obtainable in no other 
place. The entire work of the special libraries is in the highest 



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sense educational, and the training and experience of the atten- 
dants is an essential element in the effective public service which is 
given in these rooms. 

A statistical record can indicate the use of these various de- 
partments, but, as in other parts of the Library, cannot fitly por- 
tray the w^ide-reaching influence of the use of the books, nor the 
personal assistance in selection given to readers, who are also 
students and who must be directed to the best sources. Without 
this assistance the best books would often remain unused upon 
the shelves. The miscellaneous activities of the special libraries 
are also extensive, as will be seen from the summary below. 

The total number of volumes in the Special Libraries is now 
139,198, the net accessions for the year being 4,072. The 
Allen A. Brown Dramatic Collection, numbering 4,372 volumes, 
now included in the Special Libraries, is an extremely valuable 
addition to the resources of the Library, and when its printed 
catalogue is completed will no doubt receive the attention it de- 
serves. 

The number of photographs and photo-print pictures of various 
kinds added to the Fine Arts collection during the year is 6, 1 07 ; 
the total number now being 41,329. Some of these are still in 
process of preparation for use by mounting, titling, etc. A 
rough, but comprehensive catalogue of the circulating collection 
has been printed and distributed to teachers and others through 
the Branch Department. The use of the picture collection is 
increasing. 

The Library has gradually acquired a collection of lantern 
slides, brought together principally for use in our own lecture 
courses, but available for lending, under proper restrictions. The 
total number is now 4,406, and during the year 2,662 slides 
have been lent to 83 borrowers. Among the slides acquired 
during the year are 111, illustrating the scenery of France and 
Spain, given to the Library by Mr. W. H. Kilham. 

TTie statistical record, as reported by Mr. Frank H. Chase, 
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FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT. 

The direct circulation of books for home use from this Depart- 
ment (included in the statement of total circulation, page 37) 
was 20,668, as compared with 19,752 for the preceding year. 
Pictures (illustrating history, geography, fine arts, etc. for edu- 
cational work) have been sent to public and private schools, and 
to clubs and classes, and for other similar uses, as follows : 

PORTFOLIOS 
BORROWERS. ISSUED. 

Public schools 2,044 

Private schools ........... 18 

Clubs 17 

Classes ............. 14 

Sent to Branches for exhibition or study ....... 263 

Miscellaneous ........... 155 

2.511 

The total may be compared with 2,473 the number of port- 
folios circulated under the same classification in the preceding 
year. 

BARTON-TICKNOR ROOM. 

Barton-Ticknor books issued ......... 12,664 

Maps issued 933 

Books from other departments, issued for readers in this room . . . 6319 

ALLEN A. BROWN MUSIC ROOM. 

Volumes issued for use 9,755. Volumes added to the collec- 
tion 303, of which 88 were given by Mr. Brown. The impor- 
tant additions include: 

Mraczek's Symphonische Burleske iiber Max und Moritz; Noren's 
"Vita" Sinfonie; Stravinski's suite, L'oiseau de feu; Messager's Madame 
Chrysantheme ; Several early English song books of the first half of the 
eighteenth century; and Play ford's Ayres and Dialogues, (London, 
1714). 

MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES OF SPECIAL LIBRARIES. 
Visits of Classes. 

The total number of meetings held by classes and study clubs, 
by arrangement with the Fine Arts Department, during the year 



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was 164, with an attendance of 1,427 students or members. 
The University Extension Conferences brought together an esti- 
mated number of 1 , 1 00 students ; or under the two heads named, 
a total of 2,527, as compared with 2,456 under the same classifi- 
cation, during the preceding year. 

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LECTURES AND EXHIBITIONS. 

The free public lectures given in the Central Library Lecture 
Hall during the year, and the exhibitions in the Fine Arts Ex- 
liibition Room (many of which are given in connection with the 
lectures) are enumerated in the following list; which also includes 
the exhibitions given in the rooms opening from the Entrance 
Hall on the first floor: 

Lectures. 

1913. January 16. The Land of the Montezumas.* Dr. Francis 

Henry Wade. 
January 19. Types of Modern Drama. III. Frank W. C. Hersey. 
January 22. Children as Theatre-Goers. Edward Vroom. (Under 

the auspices of Fathers and Mothers Club.) 
January 23. The Hawaiian Islands. Past and Present.* Frank Her- 
bert Palmer. * 
January 26. The Making of Americans.* Dr. George W. Tupper. 
January 30. Whaling Ventures and Adventures.* George H. Tripp. 
January 31. Roman Africa.* Prof. Gordon J. Laing. (Under the 

auspices of Archaeological Institute of America.) 
February 2. The Short Story. With illustrative selections. I. Horace 

G. Wadlin. 
February 6. Savonarola.* Rev. Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. 
February 9. The Opera. V. Verdi and the Latter-Day Italians. 

Olin Downes. 
February 10. The Islands of Japan.* Harvey N. Shepard. (Under 

the auspices of Field and Forest Club.) 
February 1 3. The Construction of the Panama Canal. Louis K. 

Rourke. 
February 16. Reading: Maeterlinck's Blue Bird. Helen Weil. 
February 20. Knights and Knighthood.* Rev. Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. 
February 23. Types of Modern Drama. IV. Frank W. C. Hersey. 
February 26. Egypt.* Edgar A. Carleton. (Under the auspices of 

Museum of Fine Arts.) 



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February 27. Charms of the White Hills.* George N. Cross. 
March 2. The Short Story. With illustrative selections. II. Horace 

G. Wadlin. 
March 6. Pompeii and Amalfi.* Louis C. Newhall. 
March 9. Robert Louis Stevenson. E. Charlton Black, LL.D. 
March 10. The Land of the Magyar.* Arthur Stanley Roberts. 

(Under the auspices of the Field and Forest Club.) 
March 1 3. A Summer Vacation in Europe with a Camera.* Henry 

Warren Poor. 
March 1 8. The Opera. VI. Modern French Operas. Olin Downes. 
March n . Manual Training To-day. — ^What it is and What it does.* 

John C. Brodhead. 
March 28. The Development of the General Type of the Theatre 

interior.* Hugh Tallant. (Under the auspices of American Drama 

Society.) 
March 30. King Arthur — the Evolution of a Hero. Frank H. Chase. 
April 3. The Land of the Incas.* (Peru and Bolivia.) Cav. L. 

Melano Rossi. 
April 7. Constantine the Great; the Transformation from Paganism to 

Christianity. Rev. Walter Lowrie. (Under the auspices of Archae- 
ological Institute of America.) 
April 10. The Nibelungenlied.* Dr. Helen L. Webster. 
April 13. A Summer Vacation in Europe with a Camera.* Henry 

Warren Poor. (Repeated from March 13 by request.) 
April 14. Australia and its People.* Lionel H. Lehmeier. (Under 

the auspices of Field and Forest Club.) 
April 1 7. Froebel and his Influence on Handicraft.* James Frederic 

Hopkins. 
April 24. Constantinople.* Arthur Stoddard Cooley, Ph.D. 
April 26. Esperanto: the International Language. Edmond Privat. 

(Under the auspices of Boston Esperanto Society.) 
May 1. Joan of Arc* Rev. Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. 
May 12. Camping in the Yellowstone National Park.* Edmund A. 

Whitman. (Under the auspices of Field and Forest Club.) 
October 1 2. Holland and the Art of Rembrandt.* Minna Eliot Tenney. 
October 1 4. In and Around the Chinese Seas.* Herbert D. Heathfield. 

(Under the auspices of Field and Forest Club.) 
October 1 6. Christopher Columbus, the Discoverer of America.* Rev. 

Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. 
October 19. Color in Dress. Mrs. Ruth Butts Carson. Illustrated 

with flowers, fabrics and dolls. 
October 23. Styles of Architecture.* C. Howard Walker. 
October 26, The Civil War.* John Kennedy Lacock, 
October 30. Picturesque Philippines.* Lieut. Edward O'Flaherty. 



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November 2. With Liszt in Weimar. Lecture Recital. John Orth. 
November 4. Esperanto ; the Elements and Progress of the International 

Language. D. O. S. Lowell. 
November 6. Rhodesia.* Horace Philip Salmon. 
November 9. The Wild Pets of the North Woods.* Dr. Edward 

3 reck. 
November 10. Welfare Work for Wild Birds.* Winthrop Packard. 

(Under the auspices of Field and Forest Club.) 
November I 3. The Land of Shakespeare.* Edmund H. Garrett. 
November I 5. Arts, Costumes, Customs, and Folk Lore of Italy.* Mrs. 

Ruth Butts Carson. (Under the auspices of Fathers and Mothers 

Club.) 
November 1 6. Itahan Opera. Old and New. Henry L. Gideon. 

With musical illustrations. 
November 20. New Brunswick; Scenes in the Land of the New 

England Loyalist.* A. T. Kempton. 
November 23. Democrats in Literature: Burns, Mark Twain, Kipling, 

Markham, Whitman. With illustrative readings. Anna Johnson, 

A.M. 
November 24. The Imperial Idea in Roman Art.* Mrs. Arthur Strong. 

(Under the auspices of Archaeological Institute of America. 
November 30. The Stage of To-day. I: The Structure of Plays. 

Frank W. C. Hersey. 
December 4. Raphael, the Decorator.* Mary Augusta Mullikin. 
December 7. The Ides of March and PompeyV Theatre. S. Richard 

Fuller. 
December 8. The Conquest of the Ocean.* Hon. Joseph A. Conry. 

(Under the auspices of Field and Forest Club.) 
December I 1 . Mexico.* Dr. Francis Henry Wade. 
December 1 3. Canadian Wonders.* Rev. Frederick W. Johnson, 

D.D. 

December 14. Old Almanacs. Nathan Haskell Dole. 

December 18. The Temple of Peace; Art and Scenery in Piedmont.* 

Cav. L. Melano Rossi. 
December 21. How to Listen to Music. I. With musical illustrations. 

Arthur M. Curry. 
December 27. Little Citizens of the World. Mrs. Anna Stevens Dur- 

yea. (Under the auspices of Fathers and Mothers Club.) 
December 28. The Stage of To-day. II: The Art of the Theatre.* 

Frank W. C. Hersey. 
1914. January 1. Joan of Arc* Rev. M. L. Fortier, S.J. 
January 4. How to Listen to Music. II: Musical Architecture. With 

musical illustrations. Arthur M. Curry. 
January 8. Picturesque Nuremberg.* Martha A. S. Shannon. 



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January 1 I . The Sistine Chapel.* Harriette Hersey Winslow. 
January 12. The Canadian Rockies, the Pacific Coast, and the Santa 

Fe Country.* Guy Richardson. (Under the auspices of the Field 

and Forest Club.) 
January 15. How the Masters Drew.* Wilbur Dean Hamilton. 

Exhibitions, Central Library. 

A. In Fine Arts Department. 
1913. January 16, Mexico. 
January 20. Hawaiian Islands. 



January 27. 
January 27. 
February 3. 
February 10. 
February 1 1 . 
February 1 2. 
February 1 7. 
February 2 1 . 
February 24 
March 3. 
March 13. 
March 13. 



Shipping Ports of New England. 
Whaling Industry. 
Florence. 
Japan. 

Panama Canal. 
Portraits of Lincoln. 
Knights and Knighthood. 
Portraits of Washington. 
White Mountains. 
Pompeii and Amalfi. 
Pictures appropriate to Easter. 
Books and pictures illustrating the life of David Living- 



ston. 
March 27. South America. 
April 7. Joan of Arc (collection of books, pictures, statues, and 

other objects lent by Joan of Arc Statue Committee, New York) . 
May 1 6. Philippine Islands (collection of products, implements, 

costumes, and photographs lent by Miss A. D. Slocum). 
September I 3. Books and pictures illustrating life of Giuseppe Verdi. 
September 1 3. Paintings in American Galleries. 
September 20. Early American books on banking. 
October 8. Holland. 

The Art of Rembrandt. 
Canadian pictures. 
The Parthenon. 
Life of Christopher Columbus. 
Rome and the Vatican. 
Philippine Islands and Hawaii. 
South Africa. 
Shakespeare's England. 
Canada. 
Decorative work of Raphael. 
Florence. 
Turin. 



14. 
18. 



October 8. 
October 1 1 . 
October 1 1 
October 
October 
October 27. 
November 4. 
November 10. 
November 1 7. 
December 1 . 
December 
December 



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15. 



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1914. January 5. Nuremberg. 
January 5. The Sistine Chapel. 
January 12. Drawings by Old and Modern Masters. 
B. Street Floor Exhibition Room. 

1913. January 16. American Indians. 

February 6. Greek and Roman Art. 

March 27. Dutch East Indies. 

May 29. Tyrolese Houses. 

August 1 1 . Panama Canal. 

September 1 3. German Sanitaria for the State-Insured. 

November 14. United States (recent accessions). 

December 1 8. Paintings of Raphael. 

BRANCHES AND STATIONS. 

During the year covered by this report, the Branch System of 
the Library has included 1 3 principal branches and 1 5 reading- 
room stations. The reading-room stations are really minor 
branches, differing from the branches proper only in size. In all 
of them there are small permanent collections of books, all of 
them have helpful relations with the schools in the immediate 
vicinity, from all of them applications for books from the Central 
Library are sent forward, upon the requests of card holders in the 
neighborhood, and the books are distributed from and returned 
to reading-rooms on such applications. The work performed in 
the reading-room stations differs from that in the Branches, only in 
degree. As pointed out in other reports, the larger part of the 
Library circulation for home use is through the Branch System, 
either directly or indirectly by means of Central Library books 
sent out through applications made at the Branches and Reading- 
room Stations. 

The subsidiary agencies of distribution supplied during the 
year, through the Branch System, include 62 engine houses, 36 
institutions of various kinds, and 1 39 public and parochial schools ; 
in all, 265 agencies, as compared wth 25 1 in the preceding year. 

The following figures summarize the activities of the Branch 
System and the cost of administration for the year: 

VOLUMES. 
Circulation through the Branches for home use (recorded also on page 37) 1,588,008 

Gain, as compared with preceding year ....... 108,000 

Total cost of operation, chargeable against the City appropriation . $124,318.12 



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The demand for books increases steadily, stimulated in part 
by the opening of new branch buildings, for example, the new 
North End Branch and the new building in Charlestown. The 
knowledge of what the Library offers is constantly increasing, 
the co-operative work with schools and study classes, the use of 
books by various clubs and the University Extension Courses, 
— these are important influences in enlarging the demand for 
books. Apart from the direct demand at the Brcmches, there 
have been issued on borrowers' cards from the Central Library 
through the Branch System 82,782 volumes during the year, as 
compared wth 79,684 volumes in the preceding year, and the 
number would have been larger if the books had been on our 
shelves. The percentage of unsuccessful applications was 43. 
That is, 43 requests in every 1 00 were unsuccessful in obtaining 
any book, usually because, at the time of application, the book 
or books wanted were already in the hands of another borrower. 
No public library can undertake to supply all the books that are 
asked for immediately upon request, but a larger supply of certain 
books for which the demand is persistent would undoubtedly 
reduce the percentage of unsuccessful requests. 

A summary of certain extracts from the reports of Branch 
Custodians made to Mr. Langdon L. Ward, Supervisor of 
Branches, and included in his annual report, indicates the demand 
for books, and shows some of the kinds of books asked for : 

. . . We have received from the Central Library, upon request, books 
and pamphlets on minimum wage, Welsh and Irish folk music, telephonic 
formulae, and the history of printing. 

The gain of 709 in the Central issue is gratifying, but not so satisfactory 
when the larger number of requests for books is considered. The result 
is a disappointing percentage of unsuccessful cards. 

The record of Central Library books received rises as the shelves in 
the children's room of the branch become empty. The number of cards 
requesting books sent to Central during the year was 3439, a gain of 
47 per cent. The number of books received was 3290, a gain of 54 per 
cent. The percentage of unsuccessful appHcations was 1 9. 1 per cent, 
an increase of six-tents of 1 per cent. There were only 657 volumes re- 
ceived in response to the requests of adults. 

The daily issue of books from Central, on application from the branch, 
is increasing. There were 7 1 more applications this year than last and 
I 33 more volumes received. 



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The demands for books are as varied as our classification and through 
the issue from Central we are able to supply the requests for books we could 
not possibly have permanently in the reading-room. 

Foreigners are coming in increasing numbers, especially Poles, who are 
now numerous. The first book asked for by an adult Pole was "A life 
of George Washington." The children of foreign parentage want English 
books, but adult foreigners want books in their own language. 

The total circulation of 1 2,95 1 books sent on deposit from this branch 
was larger than ever before. Last year this circulation was 1 0,9 1 7 vol- 
umes. During the present year deposits have been sent to one reading- 
room, three engine houses, nine grammar schools, and seven primary 
schools; a total of twenty agencies with eighty-four teachers supplied. 
Some idea of the time and work spent in this field may be obtained when 
it is noted that 1 74 deposits have been sent out during the year, and that 
each deposit must be selected carefully, have its schedule written, have the 
book cards filed, be tied up in small bundles, and finally have each bundle 
properly tagged. 

A large proportion of the requests for books on deposit from this branch 
have been received from teachers who have never before requested them. 
This work has apparently been stimulated by the letter sent from the 
Library to the schools and by the "Guide to aid pupils in the selection of 
books" prepared by a committee of teachers. 

Our deposit circulation increases with the growth of our deposit col- 
lection and the large gain achieved this year is of course small to what 
it might be if we were able to fill all requests received. There are 93 
teachers in four of the schools in this district, all eager to have deposits 
* * * The teachers of the upper primary grades are particularly solicitous, 
and for them we have nothing. They are of the opinion that classes of 
bright nine-year old children who have no Library privileges need dep)Osits 
more than all others. 

We have located here a small collection of books in Bohemian which 
have surely been used during the year, but the demand for books in 
Lithuanian and Polish has been very great and there would be much more 
use for any number of books in both these languages, if we had them. 

Our boys request Indian stories, histories and fairy tales, our girls, 
stories about girls and fairy tales. We have frequent calls from adults 
for books on art, crafts, trades, and civil government. 

Seventeen years ago the collection, at this Branch, numbered 13,145 
volumes. Since then the total losses number 14,755 volumes, the acces- 
sions 18,339 and the volumes bound 24,036. The total of volumes is 
now 1 6,259. Thus the collection has been practically renewed once and 
re-bound twice in that time. It includes: 

VOLUMES. 

Books for the young . 4,354 

Fiction for adults ........... 3,693 

8.047 



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These 8,047 volumes were issued 82,981 times, or more than 10 times 
each. In spite of replacement and rebinding, they look shabby. It is 
evident that to keep pace with such wear, much more radical measures must 
be employed. Of course, their shabbiness would be even more apparent by 
contrast with a new building. Indeed, the first question the people ask 
in looking forward to a removal to a new building is apt to be "Will you 
have all new books?" It is evident that they care much more about the 
books than about the building. 

We are feeling as always the laclc of books and especially of suitable 
books. The trend of education is changing. Things are being viewed 
more from a commercial and statistical point. Not one child has asked for 
the "Natural wonders of the United States" this year, but nearly every 
one has wanted something on Panama, tariff, harbor, shipping and indus- 
tries. 

One important feature of the Branch work, as indeed of all 
Library work, is the personal assistance given to readers by the 
Library staff. In any city containing a large number of persons 
of untrained literary taste, who have not long had an opportunity 
to use books, this personal influence is essential. Without it, the 
Library can never fulfil its highest function, the cultivation of the 
love of books and the extension of their proper use. This is 
especially true in districts sei-ved by some of our branches, largely 
populated by those who have recently come here from abroad. 
The results of this personal influence cannot be expressed in 
figures. Figures are cold and lack the human element, which 
is never absent from the effective operation of any large public 
library. Interesting incidents reported by Branch Custodians 
illustrate it: 

The adults' room is used by intelligent and ambitious men (women 
are in the minority), mechanics, carpenters, clerks, laborers, and students; 
and students come night after night. Loafers do not come, the room 
is too light and clean and open to view to attract them. Our Italian 
patrons are fairly well educated. They desire books in Italian by Italian 
authors. With regard to our Jewish patrons I quote from some notes 
made by one of our attendants: "A young man, a student who comes 
here, brought a friend to the Library the other evening. This friend 
was a young Russian Jew, a student of electrical engineering, who had 
arrived in America that day. Our young friend introduced him to me 
and said: 'I brought him to the Library first, because I wanted to show 
him what advantages American libraries offer to the student.' I addressed 
the young man in Yiddish, using the universal Jewish welcome: 'Peace be 



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unto you. From whence cometh a Jew?' I never saw a more sur- 
prised person. For a moment he couldn't answer me. Then he said, 
"Is it possible that in America they even employ Jews in pubhc places 
and that these same Jews are neither afraid nor ashamed to speak Yiddish)* 
I then explained to him that in America, officials worked for and with the 
public rather than as in Russia, the public for the officials." ... I sent 
'Uncle Tom's Cabin' in Yiddish to a grocer a short time ago. He was 
much surprised to hear that we had Yiddish books. At once, he told his 
friends, and in a few weeks the book mentioned had circulated 1 8 times. 

Our constituency still includes all nationalities and languages. Indeed 
we need to be polyglots to serve the people adequately. Three of our 
force are studying French, one German, and one Italian. Attempts to 
practise strange tongues on those to whom they are native brings out a 
joyous flood of language in response, quite bewildering to unaccustomed 
ears. There is a steady demand for books in ItaHan and German 
especially. The general demand is from persons of all ages for a very wide 
range of subjects. Considerable time was spent one afternoon trying to find 
in print the motto of the French Revolution, known, of course, to the one 
questioned, but verification wanted from a book. Over the telephone come 
questions such as, "What famous man was born in 1 756?" and "Why 
was Hartford, Conn, called the Charter Oak City?" The number of 
Parochial School children coming for reference work and cards has 
increased perceptibly. This is probably due to the list of books by 
Catholic writers distributed in some of the churches. 

Our readers come to us for much more than the books which we give 
them — for advice, for sympathy, for help in many ways. They feel 
that we are their friends, and always, our knowledge of our readers grows, 
and we are better able to understand their requirements, and to give them 
the personal help, in recommending and directing their reading, that means 
so much. In our district at least 1 different types are well represented: — 
Poles, Greeks, Russian Jews, Swedes, Syrians, Italians, French, Scotch, 
Chinese, Americans, and a smaller sprinkling of Germans. And that 
the adult non-English speaking foreigner does not come to us for books, 
is often because he is illiterate, and has not learned to read his own language. 
The children, however, do come, and our books are carried into their homes 
and have an influence in moulding their characters, and in their outlook 
on life. 

Under the heading "Books for New Americans" we grouped all the 
readers for foreigners, and on the first Sunday after they were so placed, 
five were issued. We are apt to make the mistake of thinking that those 
who come to the Library have the knowledge of books that we possess, 
but they do not. To many people a catalogue is merely a collection of 
names. Paragraphs calling attention to certain books and book lists have 



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been published in the local paper almost every week. These are some 
of the headings used: 

A little Hst of profitable essays. Boston. 

Books of practical interest to ama- Dorchester. 

teur artists. Books for European tourists. 

Books of practical interest to men Good stories for a hot day. 

engaged in various occupations. Brief books for a railroad journey. 

Books that answer "How." Books for a camping trip. 

Books on vocational guidance. Books on Nature. 

Books on gardening. Clifton Johnson's books. 

Books on adventure, travel, and ac- Mexico. 

tion. Columbus. 

Novels of humor. Books for parents who are interested 
Books in connection with the Aliens in better children. 

bill in Cahfornia. Books on Civic Pride, Civic House- 
Memorial Day. keeping. Civic Opportunities, etc. 

Attention is also called to the new books, and to good articles in the 
current magazines. 

The Library is greatly appreciated by these people and they are eager 
lo grasp all the opportunities for improving themselves. Books to them 
are valuable, the Library means to them "education", and it is evident 
how much help they derive from the use of the books and periodicals 
they are able to get through the Library. Not unusual is the case of a 
Russian Jew, who, on his first visit to the Library, brought an interpreter 
lo aid him in obtaining a card, and who, in a very short time afterward, 
asked for some of the "best Enghsh books." 

Although reference work of the highest grade, such as is re- 
quired by students of the higher schools and colleges, and by 
persons generally who are engaged in extended literary research, 
is concentrated at the Central Library, on account of its scholarly 
collections of books, and the opportunity which it offers for serious 
study, nevertheless the elementary reference work at the Branches 
constantly increases. This is shown in the following extracts 
condensed from reports of Custodians: 

That the excellent reference collection is appreciated is attested by its 
constant use by school children, high-school pupils, normal students and 
adults (including teachers, club members, lecturers). A number of 
volumes have been recommended during the year to keep pace with the 
demand for books on Natural Science, Scientific and Government Depart- 
ment subjects. Our reference work is broadening and is becoming more 



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technical, due to the more general attendance at the Schools of Commerce 
and to the University Extension Classes. 

Of the 349 volumes reserved for reference use on special shelves, 64 
were selected at the request of the Superintendent of the Hebrew Sunday 
School during the summer vacation. They were called for and issued 
to adults as well as children. The subjects included were Hebrew history 
and Bible stories. 

There is a small group of college students who use the Library almost 
constantly. One of these, a Radcliffe student, has won a three hundred 
dollar scholarship and says that she has the Library and its assistants 
to thank for it. With a result Hke that, any amount of work is worth 
while. I hope there may be many more similar instances. 

A test of the value of a Branch to its constituents is the use to which 
it is put. "This one is certainly used to the utmost." remarked a high-school 
teacher, as he watched, one evening, with interest, our regular body of 
reference students, magazine readers and borrowers. The station is cer- 
tainly used to its capacity ; and the scope of its usefulness is enlarging. 

The reference work with the Evening Center has been gratifying this 
year. Ihe director, Mr. Hawley, had cards printed, giving the schedule 
of his lecture course, with a line added calling attention to the Library. 
We have had several members register for cards, and the members of the 
Mothers' Club come, or send their children for books on the subjects of 
the popular talks. 

Occasional free lectures have been given at some of the 
Branches, w^here there are convenient lecture rooms adapted to 
the purpose. 

THE STORY HOUR. 

The Story Hour for Children has been observed during the 
year at the Central Library and at the foUow^ing Branches and 
Stations : Brighton, Jamaica Plain, North End, Roxbury, South 
Boston, South End, West End, Upham's Corner, Parker Hill. 
At Roxbury, stories have been given by the Children's Welfare 
League, without expense to the Library, and at the other places 
by Mrs. Cronan, employed by us. Of the success of this element 
of the Library work, as conducted here, there is no doubt. It 
is not carried on for the amusement of the children merely, but 
it is educational in its effect and leads to acquaintance with books 
and to their profitable use. 

The story hour at the Central Library attracts children from all 
parts of the City, and many of them would not otherwise become 



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familiar with the Central building and its opportunties for young 
readers. At the Branches the audiences are largely from the 
immediate neighborhood, although it has been found that some 
children become so much interested in the subjects of the stories 
that they go from Branch to Branch, in order to become better 
acquainted with them. It is not uncommon to have a child in 
attendance at the Central Library remark "I have heard this 
story told at one of the small libraries, but I want to hear it 
again." 

During he past year there has been a total attendance of 
2,682 at the story hour sessions at the Central Library. Espe- 
cial effort is made to interest children of from ten to thirteen 
years of age in the great world epics, folk legends, and nar- 
ratives that are noted in classic literature. It is of importance 
that the work be carried on consecutively with the groups estab- 
lished at the Central Library and at the Branches. Thus the 
story teller is able to carry the plan toward definite ends and to 
stimulate a progressive interest in her hearers, leading up from 
elementary beginnings to final educational results. 

Under this arrangement the members of the different groups, 
at first particularly interested in stories of Indians or other sen- 
sational narratives, are easily led to prefer, and to find equally 
interesting, stories which are intei-woven with literature and which 
naturally attract attention to the books in which they appear, 
thereby promoting the love and use of books; and incidentally the 
gap between so-called children's books and books for the general 
reader is bridged. Abundant proof is given of the hold the 
stories have upon the children. The Custodian of the Children's 
Department at the Central Library reports that one regular 
attendant spent the Friday reading-hour at school in looking up 
the story-hour characters in the encyclopaedia. "They were 
all there," he said, "I didn't think it was true, but I found them 
all. Agamemnon and Achilles and Hector were all in the en- 
cyclopaedia." 

The following from the reports of Custodians, indicate their 
opinion of the value of the story hour: 

I cannot speak too liighly of the value of the story hour. When it 
was introduced our boys were so restless I wondered if they would ever 



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listen. Now with large numbers, usually more than 100 boys, the 
attention is almost perfect, and the books from which the stories are told 
are invariably called for. 

Children of varying ages listen breathlessly to all the stories told. * * * 
When the story teller steps into the Children's Room after a story hour 
she is besieged with requests for names of books to read. 

The story hour has continued once a week throughout the year, with 
an intermission of two months in the summer. The attendance, very large 
during the winter, diminished when out of door attractions multiplied. We 
began again in September with a class of 35 the first day, the number 
steadily increasing to 1 20, in attendance last week. The boys predominate 
in number on these occasions, but are usually well-behaved, and listen 
attentively. The class shows the effect of the past year in improved 
power of concentration. 

The story hour opens to them in a most vivid and interesting way, much 
that is best of the literature of the world. In the "story hour" the gods 
and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome live again; the imagination of 
the child is awakened to appreciate and love the beauty of much that would 
otherwise remain a sealed book to him. A world of romance and poetry 
is unlocked, and lessons of bravery, generosity and kindness inculcated, and 
unconsciously absorbed. No one seeing the eagerness and attention with 
which the children listen for every word that falls from the lips of the 
story teller, watching the sparkling eyes, the changing expressions on their 
faces as the tale progresses, and the long deep sigh when it is finished, 
could doubt the value of this method of making them familiar with the 
great world of books." 

REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT. 

The Chief of the Registration Department, Mr. John J. 
Keenan, reports that the number of borrower's cards in force, 
January, 1913, was 92,599, a gain of 3,906, for the year. 
These cards are classified as follows: 



Held by men and boys .... 
Held by women and girls .... 
Held by persons over 16 years of age 
Held by persons under 16 years of age 
Pupil's cards (public and parochial schools) 
Student's cards (higher institutions of learning) 



42,489 
54.016 
54,182 
42.323 
34.016 
26.312 



This classification shows the following percentages of increase, 
for the year: men and boys, 1.8 per cent; women and girls, 4.1 
per cent; persons over 16 years, 6.9; persons under 16 years, 
1.0; pupils (public and parochial schools), 3.1 ; students (higher 
institutions), 4.0. 



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VARIOUS STATISTICS. 

Distribution of Documents. 

During the year the distribution of library pubHcations has 
been as follows: 

Sent to departments for free distribution 100,799 

Sent to departments for sale 857 

Free direct distribution 37,741 

Distributed for library use 145 

These documents include the bulletins and weekly lists, and 
other special catalogues issued to promote the public convenience 
in the use of the Library, and to enable borrowers to acquaint 
themselves with the titles of current additions to the Library. 

Publications. 

Under the editorial supervision of Mr. Lindsay Swift the fol- 
lowing publications have been issued: 

1 . Quarterly Bulletin. Four numbers, in editions of 2,000 copies 

each; total number of pages, 436. The issue for September 30 in 
each year contains the announcements of the free lectures to be 
given at the Library and by the Lowell Institute, and also the 
prospectus of the University Extension Courses. The public de- 
mand for all the issues is virtually up to the limit of the editions. 

2. Weekly Book List. Fifty-two numbers. Editions, 2,500 copies. 

Total number of pages, 362. This list appears promptly every 
Saturday morning and supplies a current finding list, in condensed 
form, of the weekly accessions. 

Besides the foregoing there has been published a useful finding 
list of books for Boys and Girls, for which the copy was pre- 
pared by Miss Alice M. Jordan of the Children's Department 
at the Central Library. This is a useful aid in the selection of 
books for young readers who are unable personally to use the 
open shelves. An earlier edition was published some years ago, 
but the present issue has been carefully revised. 

The Library has co-operated with the School Department in 
the preparation of a guide to aid pupils in the selection of books 
in the Library, published as School Document No. 5 — 1913. 
This guide was prepared by a committee of teachers appointed 



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by Dr. Franklin B. Dyer, Superintendent of Schools. Of this 
committee, Mr. A. L. Rafter, Assistant Superintendent, was 
Chairman, and Miss Jordan, representing the Library, was a 
member. 

The Bates Hall Centre Desk, Newspaper and Patent Rooms, 
Central Librar}). 

The following items are reported by Mr. Pierce E. Buckley, 
Custodian. 

Centre Desk- The number of readers, always large as recorded 
at the Centre Desk, Bates Hall, reached its maximum for the 
year, 303, on February 5, 1913; at 5 o'clock. 
Newspaper Room. There are now 323 newspapers regularly 
filed in this room, as issued. This number includes 243 dailies 
and 80 weeklies. During the year four papers were added to 
the subscription list, and 2 1 dropped or ceased publication. Of 
the papers now taken, 225 are published in America, and 98 are 
foreign. We bind for preservation all the local papers, and a 
selected list of the more important papers published in other 
cities. The total number of bound volumes in the newspaper 
files is 7,643. The number of persons who consulted the files 
during the year was 12,681, who used 30,232 volumes. This 
sufficiently illustrates the large use which is made of this impor- 
tant collection. The Library is slowly completing, as opportun- 
ity occurs, its files of early papers. These contain much valuable 
historic material. One of the important additions made during 
the year is the Philadelphia Evening Post, for 1 776, January 2 to 
December 28, complete. This paper was the first to give to the 
public the news of the Declaration of Independence. The text 
is published in full over the name of John Hancock. 
Patent Room. The collection of volumes of Patents has been 
enlarged by 452 volumes during the year and now numbers 
12,595 volumes. The recorded use of this room is: 

1913-14. 1912-13. 

Volumes consulted, as recorded 97,945 89,437 

Persons using the collection 13,430 13,946 



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It is impossible to give quite accurately the number of volumes 
consulted and the recorded number is probably below^ the real 
total, since readers may freely use the volumes from the open 
shelves. 

The Periodical Room, Central Library. 

The following table shows the number of readers in the Period- 
ical Room, Central Library, at certain hours, as totalized in each 
of two successive years: 

HOURS, 10 12 2 4 6 8 10 

A.M. M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. P.M. 

1913-14 . 9,933 13,972 20,830 26,483 19,861 23,362 8,314 

1912-13 . . . 9,896 13,928 20,714 26,419 17,720 23,334 8,219 

These figures indicate an increased use of the room, which is 
generally well filled with readers. Not only are the current 
periodicals widely read, but the bdund files are in constant and 
increasing use as will appear from the following comparative 
statement : 

1913-14. 1912-13. 
Bound volumes consulted during the year, in the day lime 

(week days) 33,228 32,987 

In the evening or on Sundays • . . . . . 11 ,893 1 1 ,360 

TTie use, by students, of the Periodical Room especially the 
bound files, is extensive, particularly for the purpose of obtaining 
data bearing upon subjects of study in the schools and colleges 
in this vicinity. On a single day, March 20, 474 unbound 
magazines were used during the day, and on December 23, 541 
bound volumes were consulted. 

The periodicals currently published and regularly filed in the 
Periodical Room at the Central Library number 1 , 1 50. Besides 
these the following relating to special subjects are placed on open 
files in different departments: 

Fine Arts Department and Music Room ....... 122 

Newspaper Room 99 

Teachers' Reference Room ......... 35 

Statistical Department .......... 37 



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Documents and Statistics. 

The following additions to the Statistical Department are 
reported by Mr. Horace L. Wheeler, in Charge of the Depart- 
ment : 

By exchange with and gifts to the American Statistical Association 
(whose collection is held in this Department) 504 volumes and 1,536 
pamphlet parts. There have been 449 volumes placed on the shelves 
from regular library accessions. The total number of volumes in the 
collection is now 18,337. 

The circulation for home use directly from this Department 
for the year, is 1 ,950 volumes; but apart from this recorded cir- 
culation probably 10,000 volumes have been used w^ithin the 
reading-room. Books are reserved here for the University Ex- 
tension Courses in economics and the theory of statistics. Regular 
reservations are also made for student use in connection with 
the schools of business administration and the School for Social 
Workers ; and much use is made of the Department by individual 
students and by persons investigating problems in economics, 
social questions, and allied subjects. The public documents, 
state and national, and municipal reports on various subjects of 
present interest are in constant demand here. 

Sunday and Evening Service, Central Library. 

The average number of books lent on Sundays and holidays 
from the Central Library, for use outside the building was 744. 
The largest number lent on any single Sunday (or holiday) was 
1 ,259. The largest number of readers present in the Bates 
Hall Reading Room on any single Sunday was 295 on February 
9, 1913. 

The Printing Department. 

The following table compiled from the report of Mr. Francis 
Watts Lee, Chief, presents a comparative statement of the work 
in the Printing Department, in two successive years: 

1912-13. 1913-14. 

Requisitions on hand at opening of year ..... 11 7 

Requisitions received during the year ..... 187 172 

Requisitions on hand al end of year ..... 7 .... 



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Requisitions filled during the year ...... 191 179 

Card Catalogue (Central) : 

Titles (Printing Dept. count) 

Cards finished (excluding extras) 

Titles in type but not printed 
Card Catalogue (Branches) : 

Titles (Printing Dept. count) 

Cards (approximately) 
Pamphlets not elsewhere enumerated 
Call slips ..... 

Stationery and blank forms 

Signs ...... 

Blank books ..... 

This report does not cover the publications issued during the 
year, reported by the Library editor, nor does it include a large 
amount of work done during the year upon publications in pro- 
gress, but incapable of satisfactory statistical statement. These 
two items cover a large portion of the work of the Department. 



11.022 


17.844 


109.709 


164.335 


438 


5.220 


336 


296 


18.480 


16,280 


8.150 


29.876 


2.137,700 


186.500 


1.003.742 


937.735 


609 


645 


16 


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The Bindery. 

Mr. James W. Kenney, Chief of the Bindery presents figures 
upon which the following table is based : 

1912-13. 1913-14. 

Number of volumes bound, various styles .... 42,499 38,530 

Volumes repaired 2,644 2,833 

Volumes guarded ........ 1.637 2.284 

Maps mounted 805 311 

Photographs and engravings mounted ..... 5,61 1 6,694 

Magazines stitched . . . 216 217 

Library publications, folded, stitched and trimmed . 154.451 183.423 

A large amount of miscellaneous work has been done in the 
Bindery, as usual. The delivery of certain bound volumes, 
(in all about 1,500 branch books and about 1,000 volumes 
awaiting lettering only) has been retarded, and if completed at 
the time of closing the foregoing account would have brought 
the total number bound during the year to 40,780. 

The other principal items of work performed during the year, 
as shown by the table, have increased, as compared with the year 
preceding. 

A vacancy in the position of finisher has existed since the 
death of Mr. Collins, an expert employee of long service. It 
was thought best, in order to make certain improvements in ma- 



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chinery without enlarging the total expense of the Department, 
to defer, temporarily, the filling of this vacancy. It seems, how- 
ever, that if the Bindery is to be kept up to the level of present 
requirements, as fixed by the demand for re-binding over the 
entire Library system, the force cannot be permanently reduced. 
We are endeavoring to extend to the highest point the use of our 
books. It is for this purpose that the Library exists. The 
larger the use, the larger will be the demand for re-binding. The 
number of volumes bound is not an exact measure of the work 
performed, since the character of the volumes differs, and there 
may be a larger number of cheap books of the popular type car- 
ried through in some years than in others. On the whole we do 
not defer re-binding quite as long as formerly; and for sanitary 
reasons it would be well not to defer it as long as, for reasons 
of economy, we even now find necessary. Books in constant use, 
especially books used by children, rapidly become defaced, soiled 
and generally unattractive, and these defects can only be over- 
come by re-binding. 

In the summer of 1 909 the number of employees was enlarged 
to provide for re-binding an accumulation of about 10,000 vol- 
umes, the number requiring re-binding each year for several pre- 
vious years, having outrun the capacity of the Bindery. The 
virtual completion of this special work, however, does not permit 
the dropping of the employees then taken on, unless the output 
is again to be allowed to fall behind, since the ambunt of current 
re-binding required is increasing, and books upon the shelves are 
in constant need of repair to keep them in order. For example, 
a re-arrangement of the location of certain volumes in the Stacks, 
necessary for the purpose of conserving space, involving careful 
inspection of the books transferred, has disclosed many which 
require re-binding. 

The total expense of the Bindery in each year beginning with 
1911 is shown here : 

TOTAL 
YEARS. TOTAL EXPENSE. WAGE EXPENSE. 

1911 36.367.65 29.847.17 

1912 37.539.92 29.517.39 

1913 36,289.67 29,296.04 



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A comparison of this kind based upon years preceding 1911 
cannot be made fairly, owing to differences in conditions which 
would vitiate any conclusions which might be drawn. 

This table shows no material increase in expense (measured 
in dollars expended, without any reference to actual cost of pro- 
duction based on output). In 191 1 there was an increase in 
the wage expense on account of an advance in trade union rates 
to which the Library has conformed. Two employees less than 
in 1 9 1 1 enter into the wage expense in 1913. Rent has increased 
from $929 in 191 1 to $1,350 at present paid. Disregarding 
the varying elements of cost of rent and expense for equipment, 
and allowing for the considerable amount of miscellaneous work, 
which is estimated to cost at least 1 7 per cent of the entire cost 
of maintenance, it seems that the average cost per volume bound 
has not increased since 1910, although working time has de- 
creased and wages increased, under trade union rules. 

A comparison of expense, accurately made, would, of course, 
rest on cost of production per unit of product of every kind, rather 
than upon comparison of money expense merely. The cost of 
stock has increased, following the general advance in prices. 
Only a complete and careful audit, taking into exact account 
all of the items produced and work done in each year, would 
show whether or not the actual expense of the Bindery has 
diminished or increased, or whether the work could be done 
under contract at less expense, disregarding convenience. On 
the score of quality of work, as well as of convenience, includ- 
ing the possibility of getting what is required promptly, especially 
the articles included in the large quantity of miscellaneous work, 
there are obvious advantages in having our own Bindery immedi- 
ately at hand. 

The expense of binding, however performed, will always be 
large in a large library. As at present operated, the cost of 
the Bindery constitutes about 9. 1 per cent of the total expense 
of the Library. If the cost of the Printing Department be added 
to this, the percentage of the total cost of the Library mainte- 



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nance and operation is raised to nearly twelve. The cost of the 
Printing Department annually since 1911 is as follows : 

TOTAL 
YEARS. TOTAL EXPENSE. WAGE EXPENSE. 

1911 $12,760.56 $7,118.22 

1912 . 12,271.86 6.493.32 

1913 11,342.69 7.208.42 

The wage account in 1912 was reduced by reason of the 
removal of the plant in that year, causing partial suspension of 
work, the saving in wages being offset however, by other expenses 
connected with the removal and re-fitting, leaving the total cost 
of the Department for the year about as usual. 

There has been little change in the expense of the Printing 
Department within the period covered by the comparison. This 
Department is, of course, not affected by the wear and tear, due 
to circulation, as is the Bindery, with proportionate increase in 
cost. Its output is comparatively even. It is not easy to measure 
its cost of production by any standard of measurement common 
to ordinary printing establishments. The kind of printing which 
the Library requires demands special equipment and trained 
efficiency, in producing results conforming to the conventional 
library forms and methods. Printing establishments operated 
for general book or commercial printing do not have this special 
equipment. The training of the employees results from exclu- 
sive attention to the kind of work the Library requires, and con- 
sequent familiarity with the standard forms used in cataloguing, 
whereby they become specialists. 

What has been said of the convenience of having the work of 
binding done in our own Department, applies also to our printing. 
Both Departments are well arranged for effective operation, in 
their present quarters, both are well directed, and the employees 
in both are efficient. The physical condition of the plant is 
excellent, with the exception of a slight improvement that might 
be made in the Bindery, without great expense, by the substitu- 
tion, in a few instances, of more modern machines for those now 

in use. 

EXAMINATIONS. 

Examinations for library service were given as follows : Grade 
E, March 1 5, 74 applicants of whom 49 passed; Grade B, Sep- 



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lember 5, 8 applicants of whom 5 passed; Grade C, September 5, 
48 applicants of whom 21 passed; and Grade E, September 6, 
38 applicants of whom 23 passed. 

CHIEFS OF DEPARTMENTS AND CUSTODIANS OF BRANCHES 
AND READING-ROOM STATIONS. 

As at present organized, the various departments of the Li- 
brary and the branches and reading-room stations are in charge 
of the following persons: 

Samuel A. Chevalier, Chief of Catalogue Department. 

William G. T. Roffe, In charge of Shelf Department. 

Theodosia E. Macurdy, Chief of Ordering Department. 

Oscar A. Bierstadt, Custodian of Bates Hall Reference Department. 

Pierce E. Buckley, Custodian of Bates Hall Centre Desk, Patent and 

Newspaper Departments. 
Frank H. Chase, Custodian of Special Libraries. 
Barbara Duncan, Custodian of Brown Music Library. 
Walter G. Forsyth, Custodian of Barton-Ticknor Room. 
Frank C. Blaisdell, Chief of Issue Depeartment. 
Langdon L. Ward, Supervisor of Branches and Stations. 
Alice M. Jordan, Chief of Children's Department. 
John J. Keenan, Chief of Registration Department. 
Horace L. Wheeler, First Assistant, in charge of Statistical Department. 
Francis Watts Lee, Chief of Printing Department. 
James W. Kenney, Chief of Bindery Department. 
Henry Niederauer, Chief of Engineer and Janitor Department. 
Marian W. Brackett, Custodian of Brighton Branch. 
Katherine S. Rogan, Custodian of Charlestown Branch. 
Elizabeth T. Reed, Custodian of Dorchester Branch. 
Ellen O. Walkley, Custodian of East Boston Branch. 
Elizabeth Ainsworth, Custodian of Hyde Park Branch. 
Mary P. Swain, Custodian of Jamaica Plain Branch. 
Edith Guerrier, Custodian of North End Branch. 
Helen M. Bell, Custodian of Roxbury Branch. 
Mary J. Minton, Custodian of South Boston Branch. 
Margaret A. Sheridan, Custodian of South End Branch. 
Josephine E. Kenney, Custodian of Upham's Corner Branch. 
Alice M. Robinson, Custodian of West End Branch. 
Carrie L. Morse, Custodian of West Roxbury Branch. 
Mary A. Hill, Custodian of Station A, Lower Mills Reading Room. 
Grace L. Murray, Custodian of Station B, Roslindale Reading Room. 
Emma D. Capewell, Custodian of Station D, Mattapan Reading Room. 



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Mary M. Sullivan, Custodian of Station E, Neponset Reading Room. 
Isabel F. Wetherald, Custodian of Station F, Mt Bowdoin Reading 

Room. 
Katherine F. Muldoon, Custodian of Station G, Allston Reading Room. 
Gertrude M. Harkins, Custodian of Station J, Codman Square Reading 

Room. 
Florence M. Bethune, Custodian of Station R, Warren Street Reading 

Room. 
Katrina M. Sather, Custodian of Station S, Roxbury Crossing Reading 

Room. 
Elizabeth P. Ross, Custodian of Station 7 , Boylston Station Reading 

Room. 
Edith F. Pendleton, Custodian of Station Z, Orient Heights Reading 

Room. 
Alice L. Murphy, Custodian of Station 23, City Point Reading Room. 
Mary F. Kelley, Custodian of Station 24, Parker Hill Reading Room. 

I wish to acknowledge the loyal support of these chiefs of 
departments and custodians of branches and stations, and that of 
the members of the staff generally. 

I also place on record here my appreciation of the faithful 
and efficient services of Mr. Otto Fleischner, Assistant Librarian. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Horace G. Wadlin, 

Librarian. 



INDEX. 



Accessions and Additions. (See 
Books.) 

Appropriations. (See Finance.) 

American Statistical Association, collec- 
tion, 72. 

Balance sheet, 18-21. 

Barton-Ticknor room, 55. 

Bates Hall, 52. 

Bates Hall Centre Desk, 70. 

Benton, Josiah H., elected President, I. 

Bernardy, Amy A., lectures, 6. 

Bindery, should be housed in Central 
Library, 24, 28; work of, 23. 73. 

Binding and repair of books, 5. 

Boiler inspection, 35. 

Books, additions, 4. 40, 41-46, 55, 70; 
average cost of, 4; binding and repair, 
5; catalogued, 48; circulation, home 
and reference, 4, 5, 26, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 52, 53, 54, 55, 60, 61. 65, 70, 72; 
deposits, 6, 39, 60; duplicates sold, 
49; exchanges, 40; fiction, 25. 41; 
fiction reading committee, 25; foreign 
languages, 46; for foreign population, 
32, 62, 64; gifts, 40, 46; inter-library 
loans, 39; location of, 51, 52, 54; 
more needed, 1 1 , 23 ; ordering, 25, 41 ; 
on open shelves, 38, 51, 53; placed 
on shelves, 50; total by years, 50; 
trcmsportation, 24, 39; unsuccessful 
applications. 61 . 

Branch department, 39, 60. 

Branches: 

Books, expenditures, 4; issued through 
Children's Dept., 52; location, 51 ; 
more needed, 11, 23 ; transporta- 
tion, 24, 39. 
Circulation, 4, 5, 36-38, 60, 61; 
deposits, 6; Examining Committee 
report on, 29—33; extracts from 
custodiem's reports, 61 ; hours of ser- 
vice, 3; lectures, 6, 32, 66; pictures 
hung at, 36; reference work, 60-65; 
repairs and improvements, 35; story 



hour, 66; trustees inspect, 17; Andrew 
Square, 9; Broadway Extension, 9; 
Charlestown, 6; City Point, 8; East 
Boston, 7; Faneuil. 9; Mt. Pleasant, 
9; North End, 6; Roslindale, 9. 

Brown, A. A., music room, 26, 28, 53, 
54, 55; dramatic collection and cata- 
logue, 49, 54. 

Card holders. (See Registration.) 

Carr, Seunuel, reappointed trustee, I . 

Catalogue department, 25, 48; cards 
added, 49; cards printed, 73; cata- 
Igues printed, 49, 69. 

Central Library loo small for present 
need, report on enlargement, 24. 

Chiefs of departments, list of, 77. 

Children's department, 32, 51, 66, 67; 
more books for, 23. 

Circulation, home and reference, 4, 5, 
36, 37, 38, 39, 52, 53, 55, 60, 61 , 70. 
72. 

Clubs and classes, 53, 55, 56, 65. 71, 72. 

Co-operation with other libraries, 26; 
with School Committee, 28. 

Dante Memorial unveiled, 6. 

Deposits, 39, 60. 

Documents and Statistics, dept., 72. 

Duplicates sold and exchanged, 49. 

Employees, chiefs of departments, 77; 
hours of service, 3, 27 ; number of , 1 1 ; 
retirement fund for, 11, 23 ; fine 
money for retirement fund, 12; sala- 
ries and wages, 10, 23, 33; should 
not work extra hours, 27. 

Estimates, 10. 

Examinations, 76. 

Examining Committee, 1 5 ; report of, 
22—34; smaller body recommended. 
22; resolution regarding salaries and 
wages. 33. 

Exhibitions, 56, 59. 

Fiction, purchases of, 25, 41 ; reading 
committee, 25. 



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Finance: 

Appropriations, 1,2; for ten years, 2 ; 
less than estimates, 2; Charlestown 
Branch, 7; East Boston Branch, 
8; Andrew Square and Faneuil, 9. 
Cost to enlarge Central Library, 
24; estimates, 10; cost of printing 
and bindery depts., 75; expendi- 
tures for books and periodicals, 4, 40 ; 
fine money for retirement fund, 12; 
more money needed for books, 1 1 , 23 ; 
receipts, 1,2; trust fund income ex- 
pended for books, 4; trust funds, 12; 
P. F. Sullivan bequest, 14; Mehitable 
C. C. Wilson bequest, 10, 13; James 
L. Whitney bequest, 13. (See also 
balance sheet.) 

Fine Arts Department, 26, 27, 53-60. 

Foreign languages, books in, 46. 

Foreign population, books for, 32, 46, 
62, 64. 

Fox & Gale, architects, Charlestown 
Branch, 7. 

Gifts, 10, 46, 54. 

Griffin, John P., Co., contractors. East 
Boston Branch, 8. 

Hours of service, 3, 27. 

Inter-library loans, 39. 

Inventory, 1 4. 

Institutions, work with, 5, 36, 37, 38, 
60; periodicals sent to, 39. 

Issue Department, 36. 

Kenney, William P., elected Vice Pres- 
ident, 1 . 

Lantern slides, 27, 54. 

Lavatories. (See Public toilet rooms.) 

Lectures, 6, 32, 56, 66. 

Librarian's report, 35—78. 

McGabey & O'Connor, contractors. 
East Boston Branch, 7. 

McLaughlin, James E., architect. East 
Boston Branch, 8. 

Music Room. (See Brown, A. A.) 

Newspaper Room, 70. 

Newspapers, preservation of, 26. 



Ordering Department, 25, 41. 
Patent Room, 70. 
Pensions. (See Retirement.) 
Periodical Room, 71. 
Periodicals sent to institutions, 39. 
Photographs and other pictures, 27, 52, 

54; hung at branches, 36. 
Printing Department, 23, 72, 76; pay- 
ments on linotype machines, 10; should 

be housed in Central Library, 24, 28. 
Public toilet rooms, suggested changes in, 

14, 25. 
Publications, issued and distributed, 49, 

69. 
Receipts. (See Finance.) 
Reference work, 5, 26, 38, 39, 52, 53, 

54, 55, 60, 61, 65, 70, 71, 72. 
Registration Department, 68. 
Repairs and improvements, 35. 
Retirement of employees, II, 12, 23. 
Salaries and wages. (See Employees.) 
School for social workers, 72. 
Schools and institutions, 5, 26, 32, 36, 

37, 38, 53, 54, 56, 60, 72. 
School Committee, co-operation with, 28. 
Service. (See Employees.) 
Shelf Department, 50. 
Special Libraries, 26, 53. 
Story-hour, 66. 
Students, use by, 26, 38, 53, 56, 65, 71, 

72. 
Sullivan, P. F., bequest, balance, 14. 
Sunday and evening service, 3, 72. 
Teachers' reference collection, 48. (See 

also Schools.) 
Transportation, 24, 39. 
Trust funds. (See Finance.) 
Trustees, inspect branches, 1 7 ; meet- 
ings, I 7. 
University Extension courses, 53, 56, 

72. 
Whitney, James L., bibliographical 

fund, 13. 
Wilson, Mehitable C. C, bequest, 10. 
Working hours. (See Hours of service.) 



The Public Library of the City of Boston: Printing Department. 



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1 . Central Library, Copley Square. 

Branch Libraries, February I, 1914. 

2. Brighton Braach, Holton Library Building, Academy Hill Road. 

3. Charlestown Branch, Monument Square, cor. Monument Ave. 

4. Dorchester Branch, Arcadia, cor. Adams St. 

3. East Boston Branch, Austin School BIdg., Paris St. 

6. Jamaica Plain Branch, Sedgwick, cor. South St. 

7. Roibury Branch, 46 Millmont St. 

6. South Boston Branch, 372 Broadway. 

9. South Elnd Branch, 397 Shawmut Ave. 

10. Upham's Comer Branch, Columbia Road, cor. Bird St. 

1 1 . West Elnd Branch, Cambridge, cor. Lynde St. 

12. West Rozbuiy Branch, Centre, near Mt. Vernon St. 

13. Hyde Park Branch, Harvard Ave., cor. Winthrop St. 

14. North End Branch, 3a North Bennet St. 

Delivery Stations, February I, 1914. 

A. Lower Mills Reading Room, Washington, cor. Richmond St. 

B. Roslindale Reading Room, Washington, cor. Ashland St. 

D. Mattapan Reading Room, 727 Walk Hill St. 

E. Neponsel Readbg Room, 362 Neponset Ave. 

F. Mount Bowdoin Reading Room, Washington, cor. Eldon St. 

G. Allston Reading Room, 6 Harvard Ave. 
H. Faneuil Reading Room, 100 Brooks St. 

J. Codman Square Reading Room, Washington, cor. Norfolk St., Dorchester. 

N. Mt. Pleasant Reading Room, Dudley, cor. Magazine St. 

P. Broadway Elxtension Reading Room, 1 3 Broadway Ejrtetuion. 

R. Warren Street Reading Room, 390 Warren St. 

S. Roxbury Crossing Reading Room, 1 134 Tremont St. 

T. Boylston Station Reading Room, The Lamartine, Depot Square. 

V. City Point Reading Room, Broadway, near H St. 

X. Parker Hill Reading Room, 1318 Tremont St. 

Y. Andrew Square Reading Room, 396 Dorchester St. 

Z. Orient HeighU Reading Room, 1930 Bennington St. 




Area o( City (Land only) 43.27 Square miles. 



Population (Census of 1910). 686.092. 



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