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Libraries & the Cultural Record

Pub Date: 
Monday, August 1, 2011
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Unwilling or unable to curtail services, the library administration was forced to look to the collections budget for savings. In May 1931 all book ordering ceased. An institution that normally expended over $200,000 annually on collections simply stopped acquiring new materials. However, this drastic measure proved insufficient. Invoices for rent, coal, bookbinding, and other expenses went unpaid, and the library slipped further into debt with each passing day.3 In a 1932 letter, chief librarian Carl B.