Cooperation between Scientific Libraries

Abstract

DR. BATHER'S letter in your issue of March 1 is one which deserves the hearty support of all scientific workers, in the United Kingdom at least. I have long felt that the whole of the literature indexed in the International Catalogue ought to be available for reference in some one locality, and preferably in London. In my address as president of the Chemical Society in 1894, foreshadowing the time when our meeting-room would be too small, I ventured to point out that “This is a difficulty that threatens to oppress all the Burlington House societies, and must become more pressing as the importance of bringing all societies having cognate aims into juxtaposition is realised. Perhaps some day our friends and neighbours the artists will have found quarters elsewhere more suited for the display of their works—for they appear already to have far outgrown the space at their disposal, and to be therefore obliged to impose undesirable limitations on exhibitors; when this occurs, it should be possible to find accommodation more adequate to the needs of science and fit presentment of its Imperial importance” (Chem. Soc. Trans., 1894, 358).

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