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NOTE. — In computing this percentage, the use of books in the Bowditch, Parker and Prince Libraries, - which are kept apart from the general classifications of the Library, is reckoned as nearly as possible and included in the usual divisions, as is indicated in the table. See Explanations to Appendix VII.
The want of a Catalogue to the Spanish books of the Ticknor Library has prevented any use of those books which would enter into the statistics,
During a considerable part of 1872, the first nine classes were partially inaccessible on account of the alterations in the Hall, which has caused the unusual diminution of the percentage of use of those classes.
During the year bound volumes of the Tosti Engravings have been shown on Mondays and Saturdays to 812 persons; 553 ladies and 259 gentlemen; and three copyists have been accommodated.
NOTE. - Compare Appendixes X and XI, and notes to the same. One-half of Classes 4, 9, and 10, added to Class 5, gives 186,199 issues for imaginative literature, or over 81 per cent. of the total issues for the year. NOTE. - The columns of “Loans returned" do not include the books taken and returned the same day.
There were 965 volumes in the hands of borrowers April 30, 1872.
NOTE. The classification in this Branch is somewhat different from that of the Lower Hall of the Central Library, where juvenile books are scattered among the other classes, as the character of the book, whether fiction, history, biography, etc., would require.
The above table can better be compared, then, with the statistics of the Public School Library of St. Louis, where, according to their last report, the circulation of novels was 52 per cent.; of juvenile books, 27 per cent.; of scientific books, 5 per cent., and of historical and all others, 16 per cent. Fiction and juveniles will be found in each case to be about 78 per cent. of the circulation. The percentage of English prose fiction and juveniles at the Public Library of Cincinnati, during the past year, has been nearly 75.