Annual Report of the Public Library and Art Gallery (1921) by Huddersfield Corporation

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To THE COMMITTEE OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY, HUDDERSFIELD.

Mr. CHAIRMAN AND GENTLEMEN,

I have pleasure in presenting my Annual Report, cover- ing the year ended 3lst March, 1921, the 23rd submitted.

SUMMARY OF TOTALS. The Recorded Total of books issued and consulted at the Central Lending, Reference, and Patent Libraries, and at the Almondbury Branch Library for the year was 249,996, an increase of 4,291 on last year. The Consultations of the General and Trades’ Directories, etc., are not included in this total, no record of their use being made.

The Total Issues from all departments since the opening of the Libraries, 23 years ago, is 4,613,856.

The Total Stock of books and pamphlets in all depart-

ments (exclusive of Patent Library) is now 46,419, an increase of 1,176. (See Table I., page 10).

CENTRAL LIBRARY. LENDING DEPARTMENT.

The Number of Volumes in stock is now 34,180, an increase of 881. Worn-out volumes, to the number of 630, have keen replaced, making the total number acquired during the year 1,511. There are still a very large number of worn- out books awaiting replacement. Owing to the high prices now obtaining, and the difficulty of securing suitable copies, this is a matter which can only be attended to by degrees, and out-of-print works and redundant copies will have to be written off. This will reduce the total to some extent, but this question of replacements, and in relation thereto, binding and repairs, is one which will, in the near future, bulk largely in our

The Issues from the Central Lending Library were 232,952, an increase of 4,598, The daily average issue works

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out at 890, as against 868 last year. (See Tables II., page 11, and III., page 12). I

Increases are shewn in the issues of imaginative literatrue (Fiction, 7,594 ; Literature and Poetry, 324), decreases being shewn in the other classes, but as will be seen from Table II., there is very little variation in the class percentage figures. The fall in the issues which was noted throughout last year continued until August, since when there has been a decided upward trend. One curious feature that may be noted, is that the Juvenile issues have shewn increases since the School Libraries system was re-organised and extended to all the Schools in the Borough in October last.

The percentage of Fiction issued, calculated on Lending Library issues only, was 66.8. Last year 65.

The number of books in embossed type issued to blind readers was 421. Last year 503. The reduction is to a large extent due to the special facilities afforded by the National Lending Library for the Blind in the supply and exchange of books direct to individual readers at a cost of

only 1d. postage per volume each way. This has been taken advantage of by the quickest of our blind readers, who

previously were at times held up, by the books sent to us only being changed at stated intervals.

During the year 2,871 applications for the return of overdue books were sent through the post, as against 3,056

last year, and 1,715 the previous year, and 2,173 Bespoken Books post cards were sent out, last year 2,296.

The number of Borrowers’ Cards in force (Table IV., page 13) is 10,386, an increase of 82. Non-Fiction (extra) Cards are held by 2,530 borrowers, as against 2,209 last year.

In connection with the Mayflower Centenary, a special list of Books was published in the local papers, reprints of the same being secured for distribution.

No book list was issued on the last course of Oxford Extension Lectures owing to its very wide scope. The

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Travelling Library was, as usual, kept at the Library and the syllabus marked to shew what books therein were in the Public Library. Your Librarian is still a member of the Extension Lectures Executive Committee.

FACILITIES TO TEACHERS.

The Teachers’ Special Cards in force number 112, the same as last year ; the issues on these being 690, as against

737. At Almondbury the numbers are :—Cards, 2 ; Issues, 10.

COMPARATIVE TABLE.

The following table shews (Lending Library only) the number of books in stock, the total issues, daily averages, and number of borrowers each year since the opening of

the Library :—

Books in Books Daily Av. No. of Stock. Issued. Issue. Borrowers April 22nd, 4890 March 31st, 7124 97015 386 4584 1900... 9360 115248 438 4298 53 1901 =... 11188 128914 493 4418 4 1902... =: 141945 548 4497 - 1903 —««.. = «14771 =: 156478 598 5202 3 1904 ... 16567 164326 627 5269 + 1905... += 18806 177665 663 5489 1906... 19593 183645 686 5742 nS 1907... 20701 180152 678 5523 2 1908... 22004 186546 691 5631 3 1909... 22995 190007 722 6274 3 1910... 24489 194732 735 6046 ss 1911 =... =25807 202385 752 6518 a 1912... = =206502 777 6623 ss 19138... 32S 218305 824 6753 1914... = 210727 800 6990 Pr 1915... 30452 2216161 816 7770 a 1916... =. 215636 807 7093 ‘5 1917 —«... 3 80910 =. 213550 802 6743 ‘3 1918... 31483 225834 863 7417 “3 1919... 32172 256436 968 8215 ss 1920... 228354 868 8095 vy 1921 ... 34180 232952 890 7856

Total issues see see 4343515

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4 REFERENCE LIBRARY.

The number of Volumes is now 9,280, an increase of 275.

The number of works consulted was 11,290, as against 10,636, an increase of 654.

The expansion of the Class List on cards of the Reference Library stock into an adequate catalogue has been pro- ceeded with so far as circumstances have permitted, and it is hoped to have the work completed in the near future.

An important addition is the Original Deed or Charter, dated Ist Dec., 1357, a quit-claim by Sir Robert de Beaumont, relating to the Manor of Crosland, with its appurtenances, and of lands at Huddersfield, Whitley and Meltham—one of the earliest known deeds relating to land in the district.

The card catalogue of the Local Collection has been

completed, and should render the collection more accessible and useful to students and readers.

PATENT LIBRARY.

The number of Specifications and Journals consulted was 713, as against 756 last year; the number of persons using this department being 105, as against 94.

ALMCNDBURY BRANCH.

The number of volumes in stock is now 2,959, an increase of 20. The Issues during the year were 5,039, as against 5959, a decrease of 920.

The number of Borrowers is 184 (as against 237), of whom 22 hold Non-Fiction cards.

BINDING AND REPAIRS.

The number of volumes re-bound during the year was 1,262 ; last year 1,094.

COMMERCIAL SECTION. The Special List of Business Books was published in December last, and was brought to the notice of the Chamber

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of Commerce and the Chamber of Trade (which latter took up a number of copies). Notices regarding the List were in- serted in the Journal and the Year Book of the respective Chambers, and publicity was secured by favourable notices in the local and other papers. A copy was sent to the Prin- cipal of the Technical College, who was, on request, supplied with further copies for use in the Commercial Department there.

The List, which extends to 54 pages, is comprehensive in scope, and includes works on Banking, Customs and Excise, Finance, Insurance, Law, Money, Patents and Trade marks, Transport, Welfare work; with Lists of Dictionaries, Gazetteers, Government Publications, Periodicals; in addition to those coming more closely under the heading Commerce and Trade, and its divisions and sub-headings.

SCHOOL LIBRARIES, ETC.

As noted in last year’s report, the Education Committee decided upon the re-organisation of the School Library System and its extension to all the 45 Elementary Schools of the Borough on the principle of a fixed library at each School, following on the lines in my Report to them on the subject. It was further decided that the control of their administration should, in future, be direct through the Education Office ; thus bringing to an end the work carried out in this connection by your Librarian since the inauguration

of the School Libraries in 1906. The issues from October, 1920, to March, 31st, 1921, are returned as 43,881.

WORK WITH SCHOLARS.

The Juvenile Collection has been increased by 64 volumes and now contains 3,220 volumes.

The Total Issue was 38,478 volumes.

No further development in the matter of organised visits of parties of scholars, other than that noted in last year’s

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Report is to be recorded, but certain suggestions which I am bringing to the notice of the Head Teachers may result in some extension. ART GALLERY. Exhibitions and attendances during the 12 months :— Huddersfield Art Society, sl 22nd to ey

29th (54 weeks) — .. 6302 Permanent Collection, July 12th to Aug, 7th (4 weeks) estimated . ‘ nae 1000

Eleventh Autumn Exhibition of Oil and Water Colours, ae Ist to Nov. 27th (124 weeks) ... - oe 13743

Original prints in ‘‘ Photograms of the Year, 1919,” Dec. 16th to Jan. 15th (43 weeks) sn : 5678

Water Colour Drawings of Natal and zi silane by Miss Dorothea M. Vyvyan, Feb. 5th to March Ist (34 weeks) bis aes a 6231

32954 Last year, 5 Exhibitions ; 31,387 visitors.

Previous year, 5 Exhibitions ; 23,449 visitors.

The Autumn Exhibition was visited by a larger number than any previously held, the weekly average being 1,099. Four pictures were purchased and one was presented by the Artist for the Permanent Collection, and five were sold from the Exhibition.

The “ Photograms”’ Exhibition, comprising photo- graphs by workers in all quarters of the world, all of a high technical and ariistic level, was of great interest, and much appreciated by visitors. Miss Vyvyan’s pictures made an unusually attractive exhibition. The method of arrange- ment was on the lines of a journey through the country, which could easily be followed by a map, and the varied character of the scenery, and changes in appearance, due to the seasons, were strikingly brought out, the interest of the exhibition being thereby enhanced. The weekly average number of visitors was 1,780.

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An offer to present specimens of Elton Ware, manu- factured in the private workshop of the late Sir Edmund Harry Elton, Bart., was accepted.

In addition to purchases the Permanent Collection has been enriched by a number of gifts, making the total additions for the year :—two oil paintings, seven water colours, one pastel, one crayon drawing, one etching, and two sculptures,

as follow :— Or PAINTINGS.

Pearson, H. J.—‘ On the Verandah.” Purchased.

Powles, Lewis C.—‘‘ River Scene.’’ Presented by the Artist.

WATER COLOURS.

McCannell, Otway—‘ The Purchased.

Pearson, John—‘‘ An Autumn Afternoon in_ the Wessenden Valley, about Presented by the Artist.

Hartland, H. Albert—‘*‘ April Showers, Dursey Island.”’ Bequeathed by the late Joel Thomas, Esq.

Sykes, Peace—‘‘ On the Wharfe, Bolton Woods.” Ditto. Tucker, Arthur—“ A Wayside Cottage.” Ditto. Tucker, Arthur—* By the Lake.” Ditto. Watkin, Isabel—‘‘ Low Tide.’’ Purchased.

PASTEL AND CRAYON.

Hammond, T. W.—‘“‘ Beacon Hill, (Pastel). Purchased.

Masson, B.—‘“‘The Kiss of Judas.” (Crayon). Pre- sented by H. T. Young, Esq.

ETCHING.

Milner, J. H.—‘“‘ Market Place, Woodbridge.” Pre- sented by the Artist.

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SCULPTURE.

Lombardi—* Girl (1870). Presented by the Executors of the late Sir J. A. Brooke, Bart.

Kitson, Samuel— Abel.” (1887). Ditto.

The arrangement with the British Dyestuffs Corporation for the Exhibition of Pictures by Mr. A. H. K. Hammond, painted on the works, was not given effect to, but a set of 38 black and white reproductions of the pictures has been pre- sented.

STAFF.

Following on the resignation of Mr. Boardman, First Senior Assistant, reported last year, Miss Elsie Dyson, Third Senior, resigned Two Juniors were appointed.

In December last, Miss Phillips, Second Senior, resigned and up to March 31st her place had not been filled. The loss of three seniors severely affected the work of the Library, and it will be some time before its effects can be overcome.

It was highly desirable that a trained senior assistant should be appointed, and the post was advertised but no

suitable applicants were forthcoming. Two girls of 16 have since been appointed.

At the Library Association Examination Mr. Goulden

was successful in passing Sec. 2, Bibliography and Book Selection.

HUDDERSFIELD ROLL OF HONOUR.

As a result of an appeal to Secretaries of Rolls of Honour at the various places of worship in the Borough, the com- pilation of our Roll has progressed considerably, though much remains to be done.

GENERAL.

Lists of Periodicals and Donors of Books, etc. are again omitted, owing to the need for compression. 169 volumes and pamphlets, and a framed colour lithograph, after W.

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Cowen’s oil painting, “ View of Huddersfield in 1850,” have been received, to all the donors of which the thanks of the Committee have been conveyed.

Notification was received on 3lst Dec. that the Estate Committce were increasing the rent of these premises from

£206 to £300 as from lst November, 1921.

Since the opening in 1898, the services of a Constable have been engaged for Sunday duty in the Reading Rooms. This arrangement was terminated at the end of January, and a man has been engaged for this duty.

The Library Association Conference, held at Norwich was attended by the Chairman and myself, and a report of the proceedings was presented at the next meeting of the Committee. The President was the Rt. Hon. Herbt. Lewis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education. Among the subjects discussed on a very crowded programme, were Central Library for Students,” “The Rural Library Problem,” New Public Libraries Act,’ “‘The Report of the Public Records Commission,” ‘‘ The Subject Index to Periodicals,” ‘‘ Libraries and Adult Education in rural

I am, Gentlemen,

Yours obediently,

FREDK. C. COLE, Ist July, 1921. Librarian and Curator.

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TABLE I.—Shewing the number of volumes in the Libraries at March 3lst, 1920, the number added during the year, the numbers withdrawn and transferred, and the total at March 31st, 1921.

Class. A. Religion and 5

B. Social Science .. : he C. Natural Science .. es 5 D. Fine and Useful Arts... K. History, Geography, and Tra vel F. Biography

G. Language, Literature, and Poe etry H. Fiction .. a ‘3 se

J. Juvenile .. K. Magazines and Bibliography es

Totals 3

March 8lst,

1920.

1897 1588 1612 3878 4309 2351 2714 11029 3156 765

33299

LENDING LIBRARIES.

I No. of

44 ay G25 45 ica 138 nai 105 as 54 yank 99 270 64

No. added. I Withdrawals)

CENTRAL.

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Almondbury.

31st, 1921.

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1941 5 7 1650 1657 4016 4414 2405 2813 11299 3220

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1920.

110 91 186 244 395 267 233 1145 268

34180 |100°0| 2939

ALMONDBURY.

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jinc.transfers. 81st, 1921.

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REFERENCE LIBRARY.

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CENTRAL LENDING LIBRARY. ee ee

A B C D E F G H J I K I Totals |D. Av April, 1920 ..| 254 I 179 I 386 / 1072 I 723 I 254] 585 I 12207 I 2924] -82| 18666 I 922 May, ..| 226) 180 I 371 964 I 689 I 277 I 496 I 11665 I 2801 I 102! 17771 I 846 June, ..| 197 I 142 I 333 I 919] 215]! 458 I 11227) 2369! 871! 16613 I 722 July, ..| 209 I 151 319 I 979 I 726) 203! 547 I 12138 I 2542] 118 I 17932 I 755 August, es) 202: I 309 904 564 202 I -485 I 11059 ZIT 69 I 16185 I 736 September, ..| 201 I 181 203 C61 567 179 584 I 11797 2410 62 17275 I 864 October, ..| 292 I 214 I 432 I 1227 I 727 I 283) 669 I 18603 I 3368 I 76] 21191 I 921 November, ..| 282 I 209 405 I 1338 765 297 €39 I 14056 I : 3495 73 21559 I $37 December, ..| 263 I 228 I 328 I 11380 I 593 I 244] 571 I 12868 |} 3006 I 69 I 19300 I 908 January, 1921..) 338 I 223 I 382 I 1410 I 784) 320] 678 I 15963 I 3500 I 87 I 23685 |1030 February, 200. I 398 I 1288 821 279 630 I 14132 2916 52 20987 I 999 March, ..| 306 I 230 402 I 1290 820 354 635 I 14694 2987 70 21788 |1063

Totals ..../9055 2327 I 4368 13482 I 8445 3107 I 6977 155709 I 34535 I 947 I 232952 I gso Class per centage I 1:3 I 1-0 1-9 I 58| 36/ 13] 30] 668] 149 I °4 100 I ..

ns SL

2697 I 4546 13990 8954 I 3255 I 6653 148115 |*35970 |1118 I 228354 I 868 Last year a at tae eee a ES

Almondbury ..| 3| 22 48 80 32! 18 49 I 4102 635 |... 5039 I 51

ee I ees I ES I I I ES I NS I SEs I SS I SSNPS I ||

Last year 14| 18] 54| 103/ 119| 28| 57) 4453/ 1113| ..| 61

Central Library open 2613 days. Last year, 263 days. Almondbury Branch open on 98 days. Last year, on 94 days.

REFERENCE LIBRARY. In the Reference Library 11290 volumes were consulted during the same period. Last year 10636. In the Patent Library 713 Specifications and Journals were consulted. Last year 756.

*Note—Juv. Non-fiction issues (3943) now counted in under respective class headings

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TABLE III.—Shewing the Total Annual Issues in each Class, and each Department. CENTRAL LENDING LIBRARY.

A I 1486 1404 1416 1541} 645 2193) 728 2794| 1248 2777| 1286 2942} 1552 2844) 1723 2981| 2292 2958, 2073 3413) 1874. 3826| 1720 3551] 1755 1684 3643] 1626 3112 1736, 3004] 2046 3089] 2118 3081) 2359 3151 3056 3055

B 536) 506: 687

2697

C 149]

1673 1692 1853 2202 2545 2776 2936 2323 2082 2459 2695

D 2795) 3116 3801

/ 9168

8837, 9607) 9093 9223

9311)

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5364 6693) 7700.

3202/10825 3541|11745

3721)11495, 3827|10672, 4205|11487

4546|13990

E 4012 4891 5121

5028

5645

€031 6291 6624 6481

6450 6875

6486 7703

8739 8763 8860 8596 8214 8578 8640

3116) 5068)14211)10571

8954

2327! 4368]13482' 8445

F 18€5' 1971 9312 2551) 2860 2702 2870 3017 3117 3157 3511 3099 3611) 4013 3607) 3585 3289 3170 3216 3359 4007| 7476 3255) 6653 3107: 6977

G 2377) 2469 26.20! 9850 3090 3048 3448 4063 4756 4947 5174 5019 5624 5665 5573 6246 6119 6014 6119 5840

H 71377 88049 99162 108380 113837 115953 123459 126653 123408 126682 130187 135340 140172 143259 149257 144824 146316 138303 136750, 150646 163801) 148115 155709

J 11025 11073 11922 13216 17497 21204 24370 25211 25735 27296

26762

26890 25196 23626 29687 24542 3047¢ 38325) 37959 35010 43510 35970

K Total.

51 96 181 517 1733 1101 1220 1336 928 1052 915 684 506 608 601) 866.

878 216161!

1443 1222

115248

128914 141945 156478

164326

177665, 183645,

180152 186546 190007 194732 202385 206502 218305 210727!

215636

213550

1207; 225834

1525

256436

1118) 228354 34535! 947! 232952

386 438 493 548 598 627 663 686 678 691

722°

735 752 7717 824 800 816 807 802 863 968 868

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|Branch. Library,

ID. Avi 97015!

770, I 1765: .. I 1808

i 3975, 3574 4642 4337 4827 4959 4557 5959 6138 5425

*782 5176 4470 3871 3695 4181 5129 5848 5445| 7639 6204 is

5812) 7224 5270! 6755 5717) 7254 6915)10090 5959)10636

890 I 5039'11290

1765

, Patent I

I 2458 +736

880 676 576, 924 1002! 1381! 1231] 1598 1178 931 962 704 960 107 572 870 756 713

* Almondbury Branch opened February, 1906. t Patent Library transferred from the Town Hall, July, 1902.

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TABLE IV.—Shewing the Sex and Ages of Borrowers.

a a he re nh es ee ee CENTRAL. ALMONDBURY.

Ordinary Non-Fiction Ordinary Non-Fiction Cards. Cards. Cards. Cards.

(A.) Number of Ratepayers... sie ies ..| 2183 849 44 5 Number of Non-Ratepayers _.... ss ..| 5673 1681 140 17

I 7856 2530 184 22

Totals bs a3

(For Totals in previous years I 10386 206 see Compar. Table p. 5).

Total number of Tickets in force ..

(B.) Number of Males wis os a ..| 38921 a 64 oe Number of Females es is ..| 3935 120 23 Totals .. wi i ..| 7856 te 184 iis (C.) Ages of Borrowers or 11 to 12 es ‘ os 446 13 to 15 st ay eA ne 894 ne 26 3 16 to 20 a se 2% ..| 1016 52 15 iss 21 to 30 be Ss = 997 asi 15 sg 31 to 40 ad Se sa be as 453 ie 10 ae 41 to 60 ai Ae ae 2 22 269 A 5 si

61 and over 2, ae oe os 42 i 1 he Not stated oe eg i sh 1556 ae 59 es

Totals .. bs eed es 5673 ag 140 ee

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SCHOOL LIBRARIES

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ISSUES,

October, 1920, to March, 1921.

School. MIXED. Almondbury C.E. Almondbury Council Birkby Council Bradley C.E. Cowcliffe C.E. wes Crosland Moor C.E. Crosland Moor Council Deighton Council ... Lindley C.E. Lockwood C.E.... Longroyd Bridge C.E. Longwood C.E. Lowerhouces C.E. Moldgreen C.E. Newsome C.E. Outlane Council ... Paddock Council ... Rashcliffe C.K. ... St. Andrew’s C.E.... St. John’s C.E.... St. Patrick’s R.C ... ‘St. Paul’s C.E. Spring Grove Council Trinity C.E. i Woodhouse C.E. ...

Issues. I

715 841 1678 992 201 815 1492 1116 875 784 464 594 515 659 832 1459 2992 1052 696 729 747 1374 1434 669 727

School. Boys. Beaumont Street Council Berry Brow Council Goitfield Council ... Hillhouse Council

Moldgreen Council

Mount Pleasant Council ...

Oakes Council Paddock C.E.

Parish Church Stile Common Council

GIRLS.

Beaumont Street Council Berry Brow Council Hillhouse Council Moldgreen Council

Mount Pleasant Council ...

Oakes Council Paddock C.E.

Parish Church a Spark Hall Council Stile Common Council

Total x

Issues.

1306 447 704 591 832 1185 1201 781 764 1370

736 438 1187 1325 1277 1490 1272 1015 398 1110

- 43881

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APPENDIX.

TABLE 1.—GENERAL.

Population... oes Amount of Rate ... is Cost of Library Service per inhabitant) insane *Total cost of Library per inhabitant { Branch - No. of Branches ... eh No. of Staff (Whole Time): Male ... ei ee Female ‘ No. of Staff (Part Time) : Male el des

Female * Includes Art Gallery expenditure.

110,120 lid. 55d. 8.4d. 1

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TABLE 2.—!INCOME AND EXPENDITURE.

INCOME :— From Rate ...| £3062 Library Receipts. (Fines, Catalogues, etc.) ou £383 *Other sources ... £153 Debit Balance, March 31st, 1921 £257 Total ..| £3855 * Includes Credit Balance, 1920, Bank Interest, and Art Gallery Receipts. LIBRARY SERVICE EXPENDITURE : Books re vet £563 Binding and Repairing I fs ...| £200 Newspapers and Periodicals ... £238 Fittings and Furniture £17 Printing and Pe ...| £183 Salaries ... .| £1316 Total ... ..| £2517

Percentage of Total.

79.4

10.0 4.0 6.6

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So I & Or Go

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FABRIC CHARGES (Library Proportion): Rent... Si 2 “as ...| £165 4.3 Rates and Taxes ee ...| £57 1.2 Upkeep of Building... £67 1.7 Heating and Lighting (including wages of caretakers, &c.) ...| £428 11.4 Total ... sae ae stars EET. 18.6 Art Gallery... bie re ...| £499 12.9 Almondbury Branch ... oa Seal? 3.2 Total Expenditure... ...| £3855 ' 100.0

TABLE 3.—STOCKS.

Lending Libraries. Reference _ I Central. Branch. TLibrarv.

No. of vols. at beginning of year, 33299 I 2939 9005 No. of vols. withdrawn during

year ...

Additions during year... .... *1511 I 20 275 *(including 630 Replacements) Total vols. at end of year 34180 I 2959 9280

Volumes per head of population 1 per 3.0 1 per 11.9

TABLE 4.—ISSUES.

Daily Totals. Average. Central Lending Library a ...| 232,952 890 Branch Library : si ...| 5,039 51 Reference Library recorded i issues ...| 11,920 43 Reference Library Open Shelves (estimated) 26,000 99 Total Issues se I 275,281 Issues from Lending Library per ‘head of I population ee 2.1 Total Issues, per head of population sks 2.5 I TABLE 5. No. of Aetual Borrowers ses pus ...| 8040 Percentage of Borrowers to population , eas 7.3 No. of Supplementary Readers’ Tickets held ...| 2552

Total Borrowers’ Tickets in use (valid for one 10592


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