placed the government documents and patent specifications, American and foreign, and on the lower floor all the American and foreign newspapers. The removal of these large collections from the main stacks enabled us to make a general readjustment of practically all the books in the library. The Fiske collections which are to be kept distinct from the other portions of the library were brought together and the entire lower Aloor of the south stack is now occupied by the Dante, Petrarch, Rhaeto-romanic and Icelandic collections. The thousands of volumes which, during the last four years, had either been packed away or stored out of their proper order were now brought back into their regular sequence in the classification, and we have now space for shelving the ordinary accessions of the next four years, but not more. Owing to the extra work involved in these circumstances, but one complete inventory of the shelves has been made this year. The number of books found out of place was 215 as against 225 last year and 300 the year before.

From the catalogue department, Miss Dame, the assistant librarian in charge, reports that during the year the number of vol. umes and pamphlets catalogued for the general catalogue was 10,544, including the regular accessions to the general library, Flower library and Stim.son Hall library. For these 12,846 cards have been written and 1,404 printed cards have been obtained from the Library of Congress. Besides the regular work of the department, the correspondence of John S. Hart, comprising about one thousand letters, has been arranged and listed by Miss Thornburg. On January first, Miss Mary Fowler was transferred from this department to take charge of the Petrarch and Dante collections and her time since then has been mainly spent in arranging and classifying the Petrarch collection. The classification has now been completed and the preparation of the shelflists is in progress. Mr. Her. mannsson, in charge of the Icelandic collection, reports that the arrangement and classification of this collection is nearly completed and some progress has been made on the catalogue ; but this year a considerable portion of his time has been occupied in preparing for the printer the manuscript of Bibliographical Notices No. 6, which was left unfinished by Mr. Fiske. This is now passing through the press. Mr. Hermannsson has also prepared for the annual Icelandic volume, a bibliography of the Icelandic Sagas.

From the President White Library the librarian, Professor Burr, reports a year of much and satisfactory growth. The additions, however, though they include many interesting items, both in print and in manuscript, are too miscellaneous in character to invite enumeration. Once more the growth of the library has made necessary a very considerable transfer of volumes to the general stacks of the University library—the migrants this year including the whole of geography and travel and of the sciences auxiliary to history; with canon law, hagiography and the great collections fundamental to church history.

From the report of Mr. W. H. Austen, assistant librarian in charge of the reference and loan departments of the general library, the following statistics of general interest are taken. The library has been open 306 days during the year. The number of registered users of the library, as here given, includes only those who have drawn books for home use from the general library and is as follows : University Officers.

385 Students

327 Special borrowers.

42 The following table shows the recorded use for this and the preceding year, exclusive of the use made of the circulating library, the statistics for which are given separately in Miss Van Natten's report:


1905-06 1906-07 No. of volumes used in the reading rooms 79,258 84,154 No. of volumes sent to seminaries.


3,583 No. of volumes sent to departments.. 4,105 8,555

No. of volumes taken for home use.
No, of volumes lent to other libraries.





Total recorded use of general library-- 108,599 116,179

The number of volumes on open shelves in the reading rooms and seminary rooms in the library building is 13,594, the number reserved at the delivery desk for special work 609, and the number in locked presses 1,248. The number of volumes similarly removed from the stacks and deposited in various laboratory and department collections in other University buildings is now 15,210.



The number of volumes reported missing from these collections at the close of the regular inspection this year is 448, distributed as follows: From open shelves in the reading room..

197 From seminary rooms.

5 From department collections in McGraw Hall. Architectural College.---

31 Morse Hall.--

42 Sibley College.

45 Lincoln Hall.

33 Agricultural College.

42 Stimson Hall --

28 Veterinary College.

3 Sage College.---.

6 Rockefeller Hall..



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During the Christmas recess the books which had been designated, with the advice of the various professors, for transfer to the circulating library were brought together (some 3,200 voluines in all) and placed on open shelves in a pleasant, well-lighted room, adjoining the new stacks under the reading-room. The conditions imposed upon the selection of books for this collection, viz., that they should be either duplicates, or such books not duplicates as might be transferred to the circulating library without detriment to the work of the University, prevented the transfer of a large number of desirable books, but a fairly representative showing has been made in most departments. In order to round out the collection and add to its usefulness, the library council has requested an appropriation of five thousand dollars, which it is hoped may be granted this year. This collection on open shelves has now been accessible to all students without restriction for six months, and the use inade shows that the opportunity of selecting for themselves from the shelves books for general reading is greatly appreciated by many readers. Miss Van Natten, the attendant in charge, reports that during this period, the number registered as borrowers from the circulating library was 812; 81 being officers of the University and 731 students. The number of volumes taken for home use was 3,991, of which fiction averaged 59 per cent. This, however, by no means represents the full use made of the collection, for during the same period, the number of readers

who used books in the room without taking them for home use was 3,503.

Mr. Austen reports that the removal of this collection from the stacks has made serious interference with the usual use of the library in the delay occasioned to readers by looking up books in the card catalogue and asking for them at the delivery desk before finding that they were not in the stacks, and in the instances when books thus removed have been wanted for reserve use, and suggests that only duplicates should be thus removed from the stacks. That some inconvenience has been caused at first is no doubt true, but, from all that I can learn, I am of the opinion that the actual interference with the use of the library for working purposes has been very slight. The books needed for reserve use or for seminary work are easily transferred for a time to the seminaries, and during the past six months it has been necessary so to transfer only fifteen volumes. The delay to readers can be prevented very easily by indicating on the catalogue cards which books are in the circulating library. I am firmly convinced that our experience is likely to be similar to that of Yale, as reported by the present librarian, J. C. Schwab, who says that the maintenance of the Linonian and Brothers library as a separate section of the University library, though it involves some inconvenience in the general administration, is of great service in dealing with the body of students, under the plan of making it accessible to the students without restriction, and declares that the Linonian and Brothers library has greatly contributed in this way to instilling a love of books and reading in successive college generations, holuing that the average undergraduate is much more benefited by a small and well-selected library to which he has unrestricted access than by the collections of a large University library, the proper use of which must necessarily be a matter of training.

In the first term of the year Mr. Austen gave his regular course of lectures on the use of books, which was followed by a course of instruction in practical work during the second term. In the second term the librarian gave his regular course of lectures on general bibliography. The annual record of publications by the University and its officers has been prepared by Miss Dame and is submitted herewith. The list of donors accompanying this report has been prepared by Miss Thornburg.

In closing I beg to repeat the recommendation made in my last report that plans be matured for the extension of the building, which cannot much longer be delayed.

Respectfully submitted,





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The University records. 7 s. no. 1-5. 2m. Ithaca, 1906-1907. 5 nos. 8°. Photo-engrs.

Contents:-vii. 1. New York State College of Agriculture, winter-courses, 1906-1907.

Fourteenth annual report of President Schurman, 1905-1906. 3. The register, 1906-1907.

4. Announcement of the sixteenth summer session, July 4 to August 14, 1907.

5. The College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstracts of work done in the laboratory of veterinary physiol. ogy and pharmacology, under the direction of P. A. Fish. No. 4. Ithaca, 1907. 8o. pp. 67. Figs.

Academic freedom; an address delivered before the New York Theta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cornell University, May 29, 1907, by C. W. Eliot. Ithaca, 1907. 8o. pp. 24.

The Cornell civil engineer and transactions of the Association of Civil Engineers of Cornell University. Vol. xv., no. 1-2, MarchApril, 1907. m. Ithaca, 1907.

8o. Nlus. The Cornell countryman. Vol. iv., no. 1-9. Oct., 1906-June, 1907. m. Ithaca, 1906-1907. 9 nos. go. Mus.

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