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[DOCUMENT 15 — 1979] 


of the 


For the Year Ending June 30, 1978 











Director and Librarian 

4 City Document No. 15 

To the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library: 

As Director and Librarian, I have the honor to submit 
my report for the year July 1, 1977, to June 30, 1978. 

Several noteworthy events and advances have occurred 
during this period. The opening of two new branch 
libraries, Codman Square and Dudley, have promised an 
expansion and acceleration in the Library's effective 
delivery of district services to the people of Boston. An ex- 
tended National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 
which provides support for the Learning Library, brought 
about a continuation of intellectually impressive courses 
and programs. The introduction of the General Library 
book catalog and microfilm supplement to library holdings 
considerably broadened bibliographic access to hundreds 
of thousands of titles. In the area of acquisition through 
gift and purchase the Library continued to grow. Thus, in 
summation, this year can be characterized as a time of 
growth and innovation, 


A major step forward in branch facilities was achieved in 
the spring with the opening of new district libraries in 
recently completed buildings: Dudley Branch Library at 65 
Warren Street, Roxbury (designed by Kallmann, McKin- 
nell & Wood, Architects, Inc.) and Codman Square 
Branch Library, 690 Washington Street at the corner of 
Welles Avenue (designed by Eco-Tecture, Inc.). The new 
centers will substantially increase the range of collections 
and services in each district. 

The familiar Bookmobile service, curtailed last year as a 
result of the city's budget crisis, returned to Boston streets 
on March 6. Although the number of vehicles in use was 
cut from two to one, and the number of stops reduced, the 
duration time of street stops was extended. Sunday hours 
in the Central Library, eliminated in the previous year, 
were resumed in February. 

The Audio-Visual Department continued this year to be 
in the forefront of hbrary service. Nearly 120,000 films, 
recordings, and audio cassettes circulated during the year. 
In addition, the A-V center shared in film programming 
for the Eastern Region, branch libraries, and Central 
Library of the Boston Public Library. During the blizzard 

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of February the A-V department was instrumental, along 
with the Library's age-level services, in bringing film pro- 
grams to branches in snowbound neighborhoods through- 
out the city. 

Services to children, young adults, and adults continued 
sturdily in branches and central library with much program 
activity, school/library/agency cooperation, and energetic 
schedules of tours and orientation sessions for suburban 
and city groups. A total of 3,823 programs were scheduled 
throughout the branches. 

Among the programs scheduled for children was the 
visit by Laurence Yep, award-winning, Chinese-American 
author; a musical fantasy by Repertory 4 of New York, 
"Three Cheers for the Brothers Grimm"; "Ballet: A Kid's 
Eye View," a four-part event co-sponsored by the Library 
and the Boston Ballet Company. A symposium on books, 
young people, and libraries called "Writing for the Youth 
Market" brought authors, editors, and illustrators from 
throughout the country to share their expertise with local 
authors-to-be. Once again the Young Adult Department 
sponsored the annual Creative Writing Workshop for 
young people. 

The Boston Public Library served as host this year for 
the prestigious May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, sponsored by 
the American Library Association. Uriel Ofek, Israeli 
author and translator, titled his talk "Tom and Laura 
from Right to Left: American Children's Books Ex- 
perience by Young Hebrew Readers." 

The Young Adult Department continued its publication 
of the much-used ethnic bookmarks, now numbering 
twenty-seven separate items. 

Branch programs for adults included both series groups 
such as Never Too Late, Parents Discussion, and film 
events as well as special programs. Topics of speakers were 
diversified according to group interests — from alcohoHsm 
to genealogy, lead paint, and energy conservation. The 
thirtieth annual Mary U. Nichols Award program at the 
North End was highlighted by an address by eminent poet 
John Ciardi. 

A major change in FY78 was the introduction of the 
Book Catalog and microfilm supplement to patrons of 
General Library Services. As part of the new service, 
catalog information services for General Library (Central) 

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were moved from the second to the first floor. Special ex- 
planatory brochures were distributed throughout the 
library system as part of reader orientation. 

The Book Catalog comprises sixty-four printed volumes 
represented the circulating collections of the Central 
Library through 1974. All books added to the collections 
after 1974 are represented in the computer-produced sup- 
plement on microfilm. This supplement is totally 
cumulated and reproduced regularly every three months. A 
significant feature of the computer-generated catalog is" 
that it is a "Union" Catalog, i.e., it contains information 
not just for new books added to the Central collections but 
in addition it has full information and location symbols for 
all books added to the branches. This improvement in 
bibliographic access has encouraged stepped-up in- 
tralibrary loan throughout the total library system. 


Requests for on-site use of materials from the Research 
Library reached a record high of 149,291 this year. Of this 
figure, 46 percent of the assistance was directed to Bos- 
tonians and 54 percent to non-residents of whom 5,715 
came from out of state. 

In 1977-78 telephone queries continued to demand the 
"Uon's share" of staff attention in Humanities Reference. 
Telephone questions rose by more than 2,000 over last year 
to reach a total of 29,559. In-person reference questions 
numbered approximately 10,000. In addition to fulfilling 
these basic reference functions, the staff has been involved 
in mounting six major exhibits as well as collection 
development and selection. 

In addition to serving the public and selecting materials 
for the Allen A. Brown Music Collection and the Research 
Library Music Collection, the staff of the Music Depart- 
ment was involved in many professional activities: mount- 
ing exhibits, serving in music library associations. Impor- 
tant in the months (and years) ahead will be the contribu- 
tions of the Koussevitzky and Handel and Haydn Society 
archives to the department's scholarly resources. 

Particularly evident in Fine Arts — beyond heavy con- 
sultation of books and periodicals — is the use of Boston 
files compiled within the department: the Boston Architec- 

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ture file, Boston picture file, the Boston art archives, and 
the Boston portrait file. 

The Print Department continued to grow in diversified 
directions, presently numbering 150,000 prints, drawings, 
watercolors, and photographs and ranked probably among 
the top ten museum/library print collections in the world 
today. Despite staffing problems, the department mounted 
several major exhibitions in the Wiggin Gallery, acquired 
important gifts, and developed special collections, among 
them the Impressions Workshop Collection and the Paul 
Szep Collection, A summary of the Wiggin Gallery Exhibi- 
tions shows an impressive range of subjects and art media: 

Wiggin Gallery Exhibitions 
Clare Leighton July 25-September 30, 1977) 
Italy: an exhibition of prints (October 4-November 1, 

Claire Van Vliet and the Janus Press (November 10, 

1977-January 4, 1978) 
Stars of the Summer Night: illustrated American sheet 

music covers, 1825-1900 (January 6-March 5, 1978) 
Samuel Chamberlain, Photographer (March 8-April 

30, 1978) 
Drawings by George Bellows, Charles Woodbury and 

Gustave Wolf (May 24-June 18, 1978) 
The Americans: The Nineteenth Century (June 23- 

September 17, 1978) 

Among staff activities in the Science Reference Depart- 
ment were preparation of a supplement to Medical Books 
for the Layperson by Marilyn Philbrook and an evaluation 
of mathematics holdings in the Research Library by Judith 
Friedman. As a Patent Depository Library, the depart- 
ment participated in a patent use survey designed by the 
U.S. Patent Office. The survey documented the significant 
numbers of patents being photocopied for business and in- 
dustry with more than 45 percent of the 1,000 patents re- 
quested for use in this fiscal year photocopied and mailed. 

In a year when Kirstein Business Branch faced closing 
due to budgetary stringencies, this high-demand reference 
facility continued to provide full service. The clientele of 
the unit included stock brokerage firms, lawyers, con- 
sultants, accountants, manufacturers, investors, small 
businesses, and students. Statistics reveal the extensive 

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range of service: 27,272 items were delivered from closed 
areas of the branch to users; 30,574 telephone inquiries 
were received; and approximately 40,000 in-person ques- 
tions were handled. 


With an extension grant of $70,000 from the National 
Endowment for the Humanities for an additional year, the 
Boston Public Library continued its several in-depth 
seminars, this time under the umbrella theme, "The Indi- 
vidual and Society." Dr. Robert Coles, research 
psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, 
led off the series with a course titled "Growing Up: Here 
and Abroad," in which he analyzed the shaping of 
childhood and youth in sections of the United States, 
Northern Ireland, and South Africa. In a second, totally 
different course. Dr. Joseph Boskin, professor of history 
and Afro-American studies at Boston University, con- 
ducted a course on "Humor: Making It Through the 
Twentieth Century." 

Two courses turned attention to film, "The Changing 
Face of Women on the Screen" and "The Changing Face 
of Man on the Screen." Delivered by Roger Manvell, 
noted author and former director of the British Film 
Academy, the courses offered incisive interpretation and 
commentary with the screening of significant feature films. 

Creative arts formed the nucleus of the course, "The 
Performer and the Public." In this series distinguished 
professionals lectured on the present state and future direc- 
tions of the performing arts. Lecturers were Alfred Nash 
Patterson (Chorus Pro Musica); Boris Goldovsky (New 
England Conservatory of Music); Aloysius Petruccelli 
(Boston Ballet Company); Harry Ellis Dickson (Boston 
Symphony Orchestra); William Morris Hunt (theatre his- 
torian); Tom Wolf (New England Foundation of the Arts). 

The fifth course of the 1977-78 season directed attention 
to the individual: an exploration of the social components 
which make each of us what we are. Titled "Who am I? 
Who are you? Who are we? Exploring the Social Self," the 
course included lectures by Kenneth Benne (professor 
emeritus, Boston University); Max Birnbaum (professor 
emeritus, Boston University); Helen Hyman (author); 

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Preston Williams (Harvard Divinity School) and Con- 
stance Williams (Boston University); Harold Isaacs (pro- 
fessor emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology); 
Robert Chin (Boston University). The course was coor- 
dinated by Ai-Li Chin (University of Massachusetts, 

Also funded by the National Endowment for the 
Humanities was a dynamic series highlighting the role of 
the writer in his world — the historian, novelist, dramatist, 
essayist, biographer, poet, philosopher. "The Writer and 
Society," brought several eminent writers to the podium: 
John Ciardi, Yehuda Amichai, Monica Dickens, William 
Alfred, May Sarton, Joseph G. Brennan, Richard Hugo, 
and Charles H. Trout. 

Other programs sponsored by the Library paid tribute to 
various nations and cultures. Bright, dramatic exhibits, 
musicales, and film showings often augmented lectures in 
each series. Salutes to Arabic culture, to Italy, to Israel, to 
Spain (under the title "Viva Espana"), to Black History, 
and to Latvia each celebrated the rich diversity and 
creativity of ethnic heritages. 

Musical events were featured on several occasions in the 
Rabb Lecture Hall. Strings of the National Philharmonia 
Orchestra of Boston offered a performance of TorelH, 
Mendelssohn, Grieg, and Mozart. The Baroque Ensembles 
of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School 
gave a concert built around renderings by harpsichord, 
violin, flute, and cello. The Wellesley High School singers 
presented a holiday concert in December. And once again 
the Library joined with the Boston Opera Association to 
offer a preview of the Metropolitan Opera in Boston. 
Several other concerts and musical events were presented 
as part of the ethnic tributes. 

The Boston PubHc Library joined other Boston groups 
in observing Kahhl Gibran Week (September 18-25). The 
eminent native of Besharri, Lebanon, who made his home 
in Boston, was remembered in several programs and by 
dedication of a memorial plaque across from the McKim 
building on Dartmouth Street. 

Once again programs supported by endowments 
brought stimulating, eminent speakers to the Ubrary 
podium. In the fifth annual William A. Dwiggins Lecture, 
Charles A. Rheault, Jr., employed at the Press from 1949 

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to 1969, spoke on "The Riverside Press in Retrospect: 
1852-1971." The annual Wiggin Symposium called upon 
three accomplished members of Boston's gallery world to 
speak on the art and personalities of three artists: Victoria 
Munroe (Impressions Gallery) on George Bellows; D. 
Roger Howlett (Childs Gallery) on Charles Woodbury; 
Nina Nielsen (Neilson Gallery) on Gustav Wolf. For the 
sixth annual Maury A. Bromsen Lecture on Humanistic 
Bibliography, Dr. Whitfield J. Bell, Jr., executive officer 
and librarian of the American Philosophical Society, 
Philadelphia, spoke on "Toward a National Spirit: Col- 
lecting and Publishing in the Early Republic: 1830-1972." 
Dr. Bell is noted for his contributions to the history and 
bibliography of colonial American history, particularly his 
publications concerning Benjamin Franklin and the history 
of science and medicine. 

The Never Too Late weekly programs on Thursdays at 
two p.m. in the General Library continued to reach 
audiences-over-sixty with dynamic, challenging themes 
and formats. Among the program highlights were Robert 
Cooke, Science Editor of the Boston Globe, speaking on 
genetic engineering; John Rossetti, traveler and lecturer, 
describing his journeys in the Middle East; and a panel of 
local and state agencies, giving details on services available 
to senior citizens. 


Publishing activity was particularly notable during this 
fiscal year. The most ambitious, significant book pub- 
lished by the Library was The Work of Thomas W. Nason 
by Francis Adams Comstock and William Dolan Fletcher, 
with Sinclair Hitchings serving as art editor. The handsome 
work brings together more than 800 illustrations of the 
noted artist's works. Another impressive publication was 
Boston, a State of Mind: An Exhibition Record by Bar- 
bara Meil Hobson and Paul M. Wright. These two 
volumes were accorded singular recognition by the New 
England Book Show, 1977: the Nason book won a Jury 
Selection Award in the Specialty Book category; Boston, a 
State of Mind won a Jury Selection Award for cover 
design, and, in addition, a Publisher's Choice Award. 
Library artist Richard N. Zonghi was designer and produc- 
tion coordinator of Boston: a State of Mind. 

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A number of impressive exhibits provided visual high- 
points during the year. A retrospective exhibition of the 
work of Clare Leighton, rich in wood engraving and other 
forms, including stained glass windows and book illustra- 
tion, was featured. "American Sheaves: Enghsh Seed 
Corn," the catalog of the exhibit, included a Hsting of the 
artist's total works as well as a profile of William Dolan 

In another art show the Wiggin Gallery displayed the 
works of three English artists (Paul Drury, John Copley, 
Eric Gill), examples of diversity in approaches to por- 
traiture. An unusual exhibit, offered in cooperation with 
the Ephemera Society, called attention to minor doc- 
uments (or Ephemera) of everyday life — tickets, trade 
cards, labels, leaflets, etc. All were examples of transcient 
oddments which reflect the social history of several eras. 

A major exhibit of the year, called "Italian Books of the 
70s," contained more than 3,000 books published in Italy. 
An impressive catalog listed the items in the exhibit, en- 
compassing publishing trends in that country in the 
humanities, social sciences, sciences, and children's 
literature. Another exhibit with a foreign origin was held at 
the South End Branch Library. Drawn from the holdings 
of "La Casa del Libro" (House of the Book) in San Juan, 
Puerto Rico, the display focused on art work which has at 
various times in various countries served to illustrate books 
or manuscripts. The annual exhibit of children's books 
from abroad, "Children's Books International," again at- 
tracted attendance by specialists in children's literature 
from throughout the United States. This year's special 
thematic focus was on folklore. 

Other exhibits of the year included a holiday display of 
the "santons" or little saints, miniature figurines from the 
Marseilles area of France; art works by Claire Van Vliet 
and the Janus Press; the photographs of Samuel 
Chamberlain, master cameraman; paintings by Spanish 
artist Jose Mimo Mena. 

The Boston Public Library shared in an impressive In- 
ternational Antiquarian Book Fair sponsored by the New 
England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Associa- 
tion of America in November. In an event which brought 
together a distinguished roster of bookmen, many rare 

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items and first editions, manuscripts, miniature books, 
fine printing and binding were placed on exhibit. Admis- 
sion proceeds of the three-day showing were given in 
benefit of the Library. 


This year was no exception in the large numbers of 
visitors who came to view the Library's art, facihties, 
systems, and collections. Visitors included staff from the 
National Museum of Haiti; twenty-five architects from the 
Soviet Union; delegates to the thirteenth biennial congress 
of the Federation Feminine Franco-Americaine; represen- 
tatives of the Italian Pubhshers Association; and a 
Hbrarian from Massey University, New Zealand. The total 
count of visitors and patrons who came into the Central 
Library is recorded at 1,820,000. 


Many notable acquisitions this year demonstrated the 
largesse of hbrary friends. Major gifts included the superb 
Munn Collection numbering more than 30,000 items 
brought together by the late James Buell Munn, 
distinguished Harvard professor. Unmatched in the selec- 
tion of titles and quality of bookmaking, the collection in- 
cludes many rare items — among them, between 5,000 and 
6,000 twentieth-century volumes, first editions of such 
writers as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and contemporaries. 
Strong in literature and theology, the Munn Collection in- 
cludes several thousand eighteenth- and nineteenth-century 
works of French literature. 

Other notable gifts included more than 600 prints pictur- 
ing the world of Islam from Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, a 
substantial addition to their earlier gift. From Madame 
Olga Koussevitzky came the notable music archive of her 
husband Serge Koussevitzky, longtime musical director of 
the Boston Symphony Orchestra — precious trophies; 
paintings and drawings; photographs; honorary academic 
degrees; decorations, awards, and citations; newspaper 
and periodical articles; broadsides, pamphlets and books; 
manuscripts, music scores; phonotapes, recordings, and 
movies. In the music archive were many rare items in- 

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eluding a two-volume, folio edition of Wagner's "Der 
fliegende Hollander" containing hundreds of holograph 
notations and corrections by Wagner in the margins of the 

Acquisitions for the Rare Book Department included the 
first book written by the publisher of the first American 
newspaper. Strange News from Lemster in Herefordshire; 
an 1819 manuscript diary of a Boston merchant, Ezekiel 
Price; and one incunabulum, St. Hieronymus. Vitae Sanc- 
torum Patrum. Major gifts included The Victories of Hull 
(Philadelphia, 1813); Gen. Palfrey's Civil War prayer 
book; and several hundred items related to world's fairs. 

The addition of valuable documents related to the 
political, economic, social, and cultural life of twentieth- 
century Boston and Massachusetts continued apace. 
Among the important research items acquired in FY78 
were a collection of political hterature related to Mayor 
James M. Curley's campaigning and office-holding; 
papers reflecting the political career of Governor Foster 
Furcolo; and the extensive photographic files (estimated at 
400,000 photos) of the former Boston Herald Traveler. 
The Library also continued its important taped oral inter- 
views with key figures in local contemporary history. 

In addition to the gifts already cited there were many 
other estimable donations to the holdings of the Boston 
Public Library — state histories, genealogical material, 
symphony programs, musical scores, company histories, 
recordings and cassettes, slides and stereoscopic prints, 
authors' donations of original works, foreign language 
books, and religious texts. 


Accomplishments within the Eastern Massachusetts 
Regional Library System were numerous in FY78 and in- 
cluded: sponsorship of workshops on book talks, manage- 
ment (for small libraries), and collection building for 
children; publication of several booklists, film lists, pur- 
chasing lists, and bookmarks; development of informa- 
tional materials on interlibrary loan services; continuing 
attention to exhibits for regional libraries; adoption of new 
bylaws for the Eastern Region and submission of them to 
the Board of Library Commissioners. 

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Among the concerns and activities of the Consortium 
this year was the annual Interhbrary Loan Workshop; con- 
sideration of ways in which the Library of Congress' clos- 
ing of its catalog and adoption of AACR II will affect 
Consortium members; estabhshment of a program com- 
mittee to coordinate and organize workshops and other 
programs; consoHdation and refinement of Consortium 
procedures within the purview of the Readers' Services 
Committee; and development of a proposal for a joint 
Consortium Collection Analysis Project by the Selection/ 
Acquisitions Committee. 


Staff members of the Library contributed their profes- 
sional expertise in many directions this year. Euclid Peltier, 
coordinator of audiovisual services, was author of an arti- 
cle in the summer, 1978, issue of Library Trends entitled 
"The Pubhc Library Film Redefined." Staff Officer for 
Programs Kathleen Hegarty served as a guest panehst in a 
program sponsored by the Adult Education Association of 
Massachusetts, "Education for Aging: What's It All 
About." Miss Hegarty drew on her work with the 
Librar>-'s Never Too Late Group for this presentation. 

At the fall conference of the New England Library 
Association held in Sturbridge, John NL Pelose of 
Resources and Processing Services was selected treasurer 
of the New England Technical Services Librarians section. 
Mrs. Margo Brown, branch librarian of Charlestown 
Branch, experienced a busy year of meetings and con- 
ferences in her capacity as president of the Massachusetts 
Library Association. 

Director, Philip J. McNiff was appointed to the 
Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Governor's Con- 
ference on Libraries and Information Services. The pur- 
pose of this body is to stimulate users and potential users 
of hbraries within the state to involve themselves in the fur- 
ther improvement of library and information facilities. 

Children's Librarians Jerrie Norris and Kate Waters 
brought a fresh dimension to service to children in their 

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participation in "Children and Books," a program held at 
Boston College and designed to reach beyond Hbrarians in 
attendance to include parents and teachers. 

Appointments to leadership positions in the Library this 
year included Gerald P. Reidy as industrial relations of- 
ficer; Helen C. Brennan, branch librarian, Roslindale 
Branch; Toby Paff, branch librarian. South Boston/ 
Washington Village Branches; Christine Peterson, branch 
librarian, Parker Hill Branch; Barbara Wicker, branch 
librarian, Hyde Park Branch; Mary Linn, branch 
hbrarian, Mattapan/Uphams Corner Branches; Dorothy 
Martin, branch librarian, Fields Corner Branch. Dorothy 
K. Becker was named to the position of Acting Supervisor, 
General Library; Rosalie A. Lang was named Acting Assis- 
tant to the Director for Personnel. This year brought the 
retirement of Gladys White (General Library Services) and 
Mary Robbins (Business Office) after many years of ser- 
vice. Yen-Tsai Feng resigned as Assistant Director for 
Research Library Services to accept the position of director 
of libraries at Wellesley College. Louis Sasso, Assistant to 
the Director for Personnel became editor of Choice, a 
publication of the Association of College and Research 
Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. 

A great loss to the Roslindale community and the 
Library as a whole was the death of Mildred Kaufman, 
branch librarian of the Roslindale Branch. Miss Kaufman 
was held in high esteem for her concern and involvement in 
the total community. 

Honored this year for their twenty-five years of service 
to the Boston Public Library were Diane Farrell, Joseph 
Hartin, Kathleen Hegarty, Linda Ivers, Michael Langone, 
Elizabeth McGillicuddy, Helen Nicholas, Laura Reyes, 
and Paul Swenson. 

This record of growth and innovation within the 
branches and departments of the Boston Pubhc Library 
testifies once again to the continuing support of city 
authorities, the Board of Trustees, and the staff. 

Director, and Librarian. 

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Table 1. Circulation 


Fiscal Fiscal Fiscal 

1976 1977 1978 

Central Library 1,160,023 1,022,244 848,320 

Adams Street 70,204 63,404 53,482 

Allston 38,307 36,885 32,890 

Bookmobile Service* 178,286 137,610 50,835 

Brighton 97,347 83,542 67,869 

Charlestown 48,239 44,846 38,956 

Codman Square 31,843 24,520 21,013 

Connolly 37,646 29,349 28,179 

East Boston 40,844 40,006 41,512 

Egleston Square 31,833 24,392 22,896 

Faneuil 37,247 31,133 31,162 

Fields Corner 90,475 76,174 71,429 

Grove Hall 32,251 26,660 24,478 

Hyde Park 104,046 94,439 83,894 

Jamaica Plain 53,822 48,939 42,938 

Lower Mills 33,202 32,855 29,042 

Mattapan 30,046 21,937 20,461 

Mt. Pleasantt 14,276 4,900 — 

North End 28,093 31,563 30,453 

Orient Heights 26,077 26,691 33,101 

Parker Hill 25,978 19,411 20,461 

RosHndale 97,722 85,056 71,770 

South Boston 71,730 66,108 60,563 

South End 28,855 27,702 27,086 

Uphams Corner 58,123 60,781 28,593t 

West End 57,048 49,418 44,131 

WestRoxbury 137,752 125,667 115,211 

Hospital Library Service .... 19,533 22,664 19,457 

Total, Branches 1,364,885 1,218,372 1,181,569 

Total, Entire Library 2,703,194 2,378,226 1,979,054§ 

* Suspended service March 30, 1977 — March 6, 1978. 
t Branch closed October, 1976. 

t System of tabulating circulation changed to conform with other branch libraries. 
§ Library System shut down February 6 to 12, 1978. (blizzard) 
Sunday service was suspended March 14, 1977, to February 19, 1978. 

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Recordings and audio cassettes 









Interlibrary loans 24,222 21,013t 20.180 

Table 2. Growth of the Library 

General Library: 

Volumes added 148,328 130,974 176,573 

Volume withdrawn 27,544 45,628 8,987 

Total on hand 1,697,921 1,783,267 1,950,853 

Research Library: 

Volumes added 86,297 80,429 68,768 

Volumes withdrawn 16 262 34 

Total on hand 2,372,930 2,453,097 2,521,831 

Total Book Stock 4,070,851 4,236,364 4,472,684 

* Filmstrips, slides, and video tapes did not circulate during FY78. 

t Correction of total figure (39,258) which appeared in FY77 annual report. 

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