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Public libraries in New York State, 1915:
Chartered or registered libraries..
Libraries reporting .....
Volumes in all libraries reporting..
bFree lending libraries reporting..
bVolumes in free lending libraries reporting... bCirculation of free lending libraries reporting....
Libraries receiving state grants...
New or reconstructed library buildings occupied...
cSchool libraries in New York State, 1915:
School districts, not including cities..
c School libraries in New York State.. dSchool districts without libraries... School libraries having
10 503 152
536 5 330 826
26 003 009
10 370 10 146
I-49 volumes.. 50-99
In the four years that have passed since the fire the Library has had available for book purchases the extraordinary appropriations of $50,000 and $500,000, made respectively in 1911 and 1912 in pursuance of the terms of chapter 901, Laws of 1911. This act gave legislative approval to the ultimate expenditure of $1,250,000 for the restoration of the Library, and although there remains $700,000 of this sum yet unappropriated, the Regents have been unable to get the Legislature to make further specific appropriations against it. This means that the new Library is not more than two-thirds the size of the old; it is (for lack of sufficient help) inadequately and incompletely cataloged; it is today by reason of improved facilities in its new quarters serving more people in every part of the State than ever before. Wonderful and alluring opportunities for larger service offer on every hand-opportunities for which primarily more books are required. The Library's stated appropriations, that is, those which it received for several years before the fire and which have been revived for the coming year, are about $35,000, of which $6000 must be spent for traveling libraries and $2000 for books in embossed type for the blind. The remaining $27,000 will little more than pay fixed charges for subscriptions to
b Libraries of high schools and academies are not included.
c Excluding school libraries in cities.
d All but 14 of these districts "contract instead of maintaining separate schools of their own. Of these 14 districts, I had no children, I was newly organized, 4 were very poor and 8 had lost their libraries by fire.
necessary periodicals, the annual bills for binding and rebinding, and for the regular annual volumes of a large list of law reports, statutes, digests etc. When all these are paid the balance remaining free for current or new books is less than $3000, a pitiful sum in truth with which to try to build up a great library. It is hoped that early legislatures will feel that the rigid economy of the past two sessions may well be somewhat relaxed in the matter of book appropriations for the State Library.
One field which it is the peculiar province of the State Library to cultivate intensively is that of New York State local history; and highly important to any adequate collection of such material are the files of local newspapers printed in the State, particularly before 1850. The State Library desires to interest all citizens or institutions now in possession of such material which it may be possible to deposit in or transfer to the Library. The State Library can offer a fireproof building, competent care for all sorts of books and papers, printed or manuscript, that may be entrusted to it, and can guarantee that such material will be so organized as readily to be made available for purposes of scholarship.
There is no other class of printed matter which it has been so hard for the Library to acquire since the fire of 1911 as local New York State newspapers. Many libraries and individuals have already sent such material to Albany and a few newspaper publishers and owners of sets of early papers have generously donated such material. Through the courtesy of such friends the Library has brought together again a fairly good collection of early newspapers from the counties of Ulster, Albany, Rensselaer, Lewis, Warren, and Washington, but other counties are almost unrepresented in its collections. This is mentioned in the hope that it may come to the notice of families, schools and libraries where, laid away on the top shelves or in forgotten attic corners, there may be bound or unbound newspaper material, the safety of which in private hands is always precarious and the destruction of which would be an irreparable loss to the history of the local community and the State.
The order section has supervision of all printed accessions to the Library, whether by purchase, exchange or gift. It also has charge of the binding, the duplicate collection, and the distribution to other libraries and institutions of the publications of The University of the State of New York and of such other state publications as are placed in its hands by law or delivered to it by other state offices.
Growth of the Library. On September 30, 1915 there were on the shelves of the State Library, the Educational Extension Division and the Library School, approximately 409,982 bound volumes outside the duplicate collection. Of these, 27,062 were accessioned during the year. The total of 409,982 includes 78,707 volumes of the Educational Extension Division, used primarily for traveling libraries, and 5225 books for the blind. Of the remainder, only 181,488 are accessioned. No exact count has been made of the unaccessioned volumes, largely documents, which are therefore not represented in the table below.
Growth of the Library, March 29, 1911-September 30, 1915
a Including law and medical libraries and Library School class work collection. b Deducting withdrawals.
The following table shows the number of accessioned volumes. received in the general library from different sources, from March 29, 1911 to September 30, 1915. Statistics of the library for the blind and of the Educational Extension Division are not included.
a The accessions from these sources were so few that no separate record of them was kept.
Purchases. The purchasing activity of the year is summarized in the table below. The expenditures of all sections are reported together.
Book funds and expenditures
Funds available October 1, 1914:
Balance from regular appropriation 1913-14.. $25 906 22
Regular appropriation 1914-15.......
Expended of above:
Balance from regular appropriation 1913-14..
Special appropriation, Library (books).
Regular appropriation 1913-14 (lapsed to treasury) ......
Regular appropriation 1914-15 (against which orders are out to amount of $8994.18)..... Special (against which orders are out for full amount for Museum material).......
38 266 26
$92 672 48
$25 905 18
18 514 36
12 896 43
19 344 30
9 985 64
$92 672 48
With the special appropriation at the beginning of the year covered by outstanding orders and the regular appropriation cut $6000 below normal, current purchases would have been seriously interfered with and progress in replacing lost collections halted but for a very considerable addition made to the free balances by the canceling of some old orders impossible to fill. As a result of such cancellation, the amount of new orders was increased to $53,729.03, divided among the various collections as shown by the table below.
Much of the money released through cancellations was used to complete periodical sets and publications of learned societies, mainly American. Previously such purchases had been seriously interfered with by the rapid accumulation of much material which could not be carefully checked against present holdings. In the fall of 1914 for the first time it became possible to make headway with the preparation of lists of volumes and numbers needed to complete
Notable single purchases. The following list of important purchases includes a selected list of sets completed during the year.
American gas light journal
Except v. 1-5.
Except v. I.
American philosophical society. Proceedings
American society of heating and ventilating engineers. Transactions.
Archives de biologie
Gazette des architectes
Geological magazine, including its predecessor Geologist
Geological society of America. Bulletin
Powys-Land club. Collections historical and archaeological relating
Ray society. Publications
Record society for the publication of original documents relating
to Lancashire and Cheshire. Publications
Revue d'hygiène et de police sanitaire
Royal society of London. Philosophical transactions.
Verein für socialpolitik. Schriften