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February 17, 1962

Library Problems

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2460 Fairmont Blvd., Cleveland Heights 6, Ohio

JAMA. 1962;179(7):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050070105022

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To the Editor:—  It has been my assignment and privilege over the years to serve on the library committee of several hospitals. Problems, either unsolved or poorly resolved, appear to be common to all hospital libraries and are engendered by requirements which could be considered antiquated.If the libraries of large teaching centers can be eliminated from this discussion, certain pertinent, heretofore difficult problems of management may apply. Most libraries suffer a chronic shortage of shelf and storage space. Funds are limited. Issues of journals more than 5 years old are rarely used. Funds spent for binding could better be used for additional journals or texts. Most hospitals of moderate size have libraries which do not offer sufficient reference material for research in depth. National and regional library services are available which will quickly supply photoduplicated material at low cost or will loan bound journals.It would seem, therefore, that

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