We hesitate to mention the introduction of electric lights into the library, because the matter has been already spoken of so often; and yet there seems to be no other way of bringing about this needed improvement except by continually harping upon it. We are assured from reliable sources that. provided the innovation were voted, the money for it would be forthcoming, a fact which simply proves that the conservative spirit common to all great institutions, and particularly powerful at Harvard, rather than a lack of funds seems to be the cause of our losing to some extent, the library privileges. The system of borrowing reserved books, excellent though it may be, is, nevertheless, but a makeshift, and in comparison with the freedom of consulting books during the day, accom plishes its purpose indifferently. Necessary as it is, the rule requiring the books to be returned by 9 o'clock makes it at times a real bore to take out a reserved book-so much so, in fact, that many men who have a true desire to study are unwilling to take the trouble of borrowing from the reserved shelves. For men like these, as well as for those who, though willing to take upon themselves the anxiety of returning borrowed books, feel, nevertheless, the inconvenience of the system, it seems as if something ought in justice to be done.
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