Scarcely a day goes by which does not bring in one shape or another some complaint regarding the execrable ventilation of the library. It is Harvard's boast to have a library which possesses more advantages for students than that of any other University in this country; but of what benefit are the treasured books if, in order to read them one has to suffer either a close, shiftin atmosphere or to endure such a continuous current of cold air beating down on one's head as to confine him in his room for a day or so with a bad cold or a sore throat. Prof. Childs was compelled to stay in his house two days last week as a direct result of his zeal in trying to find some books in the library. All this cannot be laid to the riegligence of the employees of that building, since pure air must be obtained even at the risk of severe consequences; but there is no justification for the college authorities to pass over a matter of so great an importance, and one which has been brought to their notice so often, with such silent contempt.
No money seems to have been spent on the library for some time and the best way to use part of the bequest left last year for its improvement is to help the ventilation. A very slight expense in this particular would go a great ways and prove to make a vast difference in the attractiveness of the place.