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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1975-1976-421

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Annual Report of the Delegacy xlix tions to be examined dispassionately The Library Committee wel- corned this interim alleviation of its most serious financial problem and welcomed even more enthusiastically the decision taken in the summer term following the submission of the results of Professor Pirani's research to supplement the grant by further £25 000 bringing the total Library grant up to £90 225 for the session Largely because the final supplementation came too late for full use to be made of it before the end of the financial year the expenditure reached only £70 996 The Library Committee learned with pleasure that the Joint Com- mittee on Latin American Studies had made non-recurrent grant of £300 from its Parry funds this in addition to its promise of £500 year for Latin American literature for the remainder of the quin- quennium and that the Department of Extra-Mural Studies had once again made donation of £100 to be spent on books in English litera- ture the field in which King's regularly contributes books to form the Summer School library in the long vacation The Library Committee had at its disposal sum of £1 100 for expenditure on the Music library hitherto administered and financed by the Faculty of Music but now happily at the instigation of the Faculty itself incorporated in the College Library The total available in these earmarked grants and other special funds during the session was £14 232 of which £2 590 was actually spent The total income for the session including casual income accruing to the Library grant itself was therefore £107 527 against which could be set an expenditure of £73 586 Acquisitions Purchases during the year totalled 643 volumes and 009 pamphlets or parts of periodicals including 523 volumes and 526 parts of periodi- cals The number of volumes shown included music scores and with the incorporation of the Music library came the acquisition of another category of material-85 gramophone records It was not until the summer term when substantial supplementation of the Library grant was made that the Library Committee could con- template the placing of standing orders for any but the most essential titles requested by faculties and departments The receipt of this grant happily meant that it was unnecessary to discontinue any standing orders on purely economic grounds but it was agreed that the whole list should be reviewed carefully in consultation with departments with view to eliminating any which were no longer needed for the academic
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