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The Expanding Library

Nature volume 154, page 655 (25 November 1944) | Download Citation



THE growth of American research libraries, averaged together, according to figures quoted by Mr. Fremont Rider, shows a doubling at almost exactly sixteen-year intervals, and there seems no good reason for believing that the rate of growth will be seriously checked for many years to come. If unchecked, the figures for some of America's largest libraries will become astronomical. Though, for a variety of reasons, the rate of growth of British libraries is not equally rapid, there is much of value and interest to be found in Mr. Rider's examination of the problems involved and in the suggested solution.

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