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XX Annua Report THE LIBRARY At the beginning of the session it seemed likely that the financial stringency imposed by inadequate Library funds during the last year of the quinquennium 1957-62 would necessarily continue in the first year of the new quinquennium for the grant the College was able to make initially to the Library fell far short of the Library Committee's csti- mate of its needs With periodical subscriptions still rising-two in- creases noted were of 145 and 149 per cent respectively-and the with- drawal of the half-price concession on Government publications it was clear that drastic steps would again have to be taken to balance the Library budget the minimum realistic allocations for the purchase of books in the interest of individual departments were consequently scaled down by 20 per cent and it seemed doubtful whether orders could be placed for any new periodicals Happily largely through the initiative of the scientific departments which voluntarily surrendered proportion of their apparatus grants for the purpose some augments- tion of the Library grant was made during the session and this per- mitted the restoration of both general and departmental allocations to viable proportions whilst it was also found possible to make certain non-recurrent allocations for the development of the Library in cer- tain new fields of interest and to set aside sum to cover the arrears of binding outstanding from the previous session Despite the improved financial position the Library Grants and Accessions sub-committee has remained cautious in committing the Library funds to continuing ex- penditure in future years Nevertheless subscriptions were taken out or confirmed for fifty-six new periodicals and fifteen major works in progress six of these periodicals and three of the works in progress had been deferred from 1961-62 owing to lack of funds total of 050 volumes and 382 pamphlets was added to the Library during the session by purchase out of current income Last year's report described the classical library of the eminent Dutch Latinist Professor Enk which the College had been fortunate in acquiring with the help of substantial grant from the Nuffield Founda- tion Following Professor Enk's death in February this collection of 11 529 volumes 969 pamphlets and 15 modern manuscripts came to King's where its arrival presented urgent problems of staffing and accommodation The cataloguing of over 14 000 items clearly could not be absorbed by the existing Library staff and consequently tern- porary additional appointment in the grade of Assistant Librarian was
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