On the lower floor of Harvard, adjoining the new historical library is situated the Classical Library, a recent addition to the University. Professor Hayne, of the University of Vermont, began collecting funds in behalf of the Latin department last summer, and very shortly afterwards Mr. Gardner Lane lent his efforts towards the Greek department. These gentlemen have already secured $6,000 for the new library, and a thousand volumes at present rest on its shelves, which number will probably be tripled by the end of the year. A catalogue is being made and will shortly be put in place.
The present arrangements keep the library open from nine in the morning until ten at night. The room is well equipped as far as heat and light go, and is most inviting to the student. The librarian in charge of the room is Dr. Howard of the Latin department, who will furnish keys to applicants at 50 cents apiece, and he may be found in the library at any day during the noon hour. There has been no desire expressed on the part of the students to have the room open on Sunday as yet; doubtless a petition to that effect would bring about the desired result.
There is a large and varied collection of lexicons in the library, many inscriptions and not a few semitic works. In addition to these, of course, are all the classic authors.
The library is intended for members of "number" courses, not for those who are learning the "alphabet" of the classical department, that is for upper classmen, not for freshmen.