Still laboring under its old delusion that the only good library is a closed one, University Hall by its present policy continues to give evidence of looking back with acute nostalgia to the days when curfew rang early and often for Widener. Though the shortcomings of the Father of Libraries have now been remedied on the whole, there is still room for considerable improvement with respect to Boylston and the House libraries if these are to be of maximum service to the students, particularly during the stress of the examination period.
There seems to be no good reason why Boylston, source of most of the required reading in Government 1, History 1, and Economics A, should be closed during examination time through Saturday afternoon and evening until two o'clock Sunday. When the finals in an examination like Government 1 take place the following Monday, as was the case this year, the system works considerable hardship, which is accentuated by the last minute rush for the texts, none too numerous in any case. The same complaint holds true of the House libraries concerning their Sunday morning closure.
No specious plea of economy of light and heat can be advanced for these unreasonable closing hours; the expense for the required attendants for the few days necessary would be comparatively slight in itself. And with time and books at a premium during the examination period the opening of Boylston and the House libraries during the hours indicated would be of material assistance in lightening the burden of study at this crucial time.