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In the following pages the Compiler has endeavoured to combine fulness of detail with the utmost simplicity of arrangement. This, he trusts, has been accomplished by the adoption of a strictly Alphabetical form of Enumeration—a system conferring all the acknowledged advantages of the “ Classified Catalogue," while it is free from most of the difficulties inseparably connected therewith.
The CIRCULATING and REFERENCE DEPARTMENTS of the South SHIELDS PUBLIC FREE LIBRARY contain upwards of Eight Thousand Volumes, and embrace every Section of Literature, Science, and the Arts. To these the references here given exceed the number of Sixteen Thousand; each work appearing not only under the Author's name, but likewise all the words of the subject-title, under which it is at all probable it will be sought for by the Student or Reader. In the case of Collected Editions of Authors, Voluminous Works, and Serials, Condensed Tables of Contents have been catalogued, with the view of affording ample facility to all classes to avail themselves of the benefits which the establishment of a Public Library is eminently fitted to convey to the Community.
For the purpose of utilising to the fullest extent the limited space available in a Catalogue which is issued at a cost within the means of the humblest reader, two forms of Abbreviation have been employed; and to these special attention is requested, viz.—Dashes at the beginning of a line denote the repetition of an equal number of words from the preceding one, except in the case of Authors' names—with their respective Christian names (or initials)—these being severally represented by one Dash only. The Hyphen is used as a numerical abbreviation. For example, on p. 42, the work catalogued thus :—“ Gibbon (E.) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. With Notes by Milman............565–72 ” contains Eight Volumes, numbered from 565 to 572 inclusive. The issue of all such works is necessarily limited to one Volume at a time. The attention of the reader is also directed to the fact, that Authors' names prefixed by D', De, Du, La, Le, Van and Von, are catalogued under the Initial Letter of the prefix in question.
The Committee desire gratefully to acknowledge the munificent manner in which their efforts to establish a Library worthy of the Borough have been furthered by the following Donations :
J. C. STEVENSON, Esq., M.P., ............£500.
A number of valuable Books have been received from J. J. Stevenson, Esq., of London (who has also intimated his intention to present a second parcel, of the value of £100); Robert Ingham, Esq., Q.C., South Shields ; Luke Mackey, Esq., South Shields ; Andrew Reid, Esq., Newcastle ; C. M. Palmer, Esq., Newcastle ; Mrs Rodham, South Shields ; E. W. Stibbs, Esq., London ; George Lyall, Esq., F.G.S., South Shields ; Mr. T. Dixon, Sunderland; and the “ Liberation Society.” For list of Books presented, see end of the Catalogue.
The Committee express the hope that the Library may be extensively used by all classes of the Community, so that the great object for which the “ Free Libraries' Act” was inscribed upon the Constitution-Roll of the Country may be attained to a marked degree among the population for whose well-being the Institution has been established ; and that from it may go forth an influence for good, which shall bear fruit in the moral elevation of her inhabitants, and be felt in all the future history of the Borough of South Shields.
W. J. HAGGERSTON.
RULES AND REGULATIONS.
1. The Library is open to the public every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M., and Thursday, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.-excepting Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, from the Monday to the Saturday of the last clear week in June of each year, and upon any other occasion when the Committee may so direct.
2. The Conditions under which Books are lent from this Library are: That the Borrower shall first obtain the signature and address of a responsible person (whose name must be on the current Municipal Burgess List), upon a form provided, who shall guarantee the return of the Book free from injury, replace the same, or pay its value, together with the amount of fines that may have been incurred.
3. The Voucher must be delivered to the Librarian, and (if on examination it is found to be correct) the Ticket (for which a charge of ONE PENNY will be made) will be ready on the same day in the following week, but will only be delivered to the Borrower in person.
4. Burgesses may sign their own Vouchers.
5. The Librarian shall carefully examine, or cause to be examined, each BOOK returned, and if the same be found to have sustained any damage or injury, he shall require the person to whom the same was lent, or his Guarantor, to pay the amount of the damage done, or to procure a new copy of equal value ; and, in the latter case, the person supplying it shall be entitled to the damaged copy, on depositing the new one.
6. It is desirable that Books should be delivered to, and returned by, the Borrowers personally. When they cannot conveniently visit the Library, they are requested to send a responsible messenger, competent to deliver their messages, and to take due care of the Books. The Librarian has instructions to refuse Books to messengers whom he may consider not qualified to take proper care of them.
7. Borrowers returning their Books are required to deliver them to the Librarian or his Assistants.
8. The Borrower will be liable to a fine of ONE PENNY per week, or portion of a week, for each Volume lent, if not returned within Fourteen days, including the day of issue.
9. Any change in the residence of Borrowers, or their Guarantors, must be intimated to the Librarian within one week of such change, under penalty of the forfeiture of the Borrower's Ticket.
10. Borrowers leaving the district, or ceasing to use the Library, are required to return their Tickets to the Librarian, in order to have their Guarantees cancelled, otherwise they and their Guarantors will be held responsible for any Books taken out in their names.
11. Books cannot be exchanged on the day of issue.
12. All Books must be returned to the Library on or before the Saturday preceding the last clear week in June in each year ; in default thereof, a fine of TWO SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE will be imposed.
13. No person shall have power to take any Book from the Library Shelves, or enter any portion of the Library premises, other than is devoted to the readers generally, without permission of the Librarian.
14. No person under Fourteen Years of age shall be eligible to borrow Books, or make use of the Library or News-Room, except by the Librarian's permission, which may be applied for.
15. Borrowers are expected to take the earliest opportunity of reporting any damage or injury done to the Books they receive, otherwise they will be held accountable for the value of the same.
16. No person shall be admitted who is in a state of intoxication ; nor shall any audible conversation be permitted in the Rooms, nor shall any person be allowed to smoke. Any person who shall offend against these regulations, or shall be guilty of any misconduct, will not be allowed to remain within the Building