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The room in which the general library of the University is housed, was built and furnished by Sir Henry Tate whose name is permanently associated with it.
The University aims at founding a scholars' library adequately equipped with the leading authorities and works of reference in the main departments of learning. The books at present in the Library, numbering some 107,000 volumes include a valuable collection of Academies and Periodicals, and great series such as Migne, Pertz, Muratori, and the Acta Sanctorum. Among rarer possessions are the Rylands collection of early works on geography and astronomy, several illuminated manuscripts, a collection of works by or relating to William Blake, sets of the Roxburghe, Bannatyne and Maitland Clubs, the William Noble library, the Rendall collection of editions of Marcus Aurelius and over a hundred and
fifty incunabula; the earliest specimen of printing being a leaf of the 42-line Bible, circa 1454, and the final sheets of the Constitutiones of Clement V, printed by Fust and Schoeffer at Mainz in 1460. The general printed catalogue is in card form, and there is a hand-list of Journals and Periodicals, as well as other special bibliographies.
An important development has been effected by the creation of External Departmental Libraries, constituting branches of the general library, but housed in separate departmental buildings. These libraries, which aim at providing the most modern and advanced scientific literature in each subject, are under the control of the Central Library Administration, and recognised as part of the University Library. Under this arrangement, books and journals dealing with particular branches of science are stored. in the External Departmental Libraries, works of a general nature embracing several subjects being retained in the Tate Library.
There are in addition twenty-three Class Libraries of
The sources from which the library is maintained
Rules and Regulations
During the Academic term the library is
I. Books may be taken out only by registered day
2. A separate voucher must be filled in (legibly and
3. All books borrowed must be returned to the book-
4. Members of the Teaching Staff or such Research
5. No student may have in his possession more than
6. Holders of books will be held responsible for
7. Any student wishing to use a book already taken
8. Silence shall be observed in the library. Any
9. The Librarian shall be responsible for maintaining
10. VACATION. Every book borrowed must be
II. RESERVED BOOKS. No dictionary, work of
Rare or valuable books in the glazed shelves are issued
12. ENROLLED READERS. Former students, members
session, of using the library for purposes of reading and reference only, on payment of two guineas annually.
In special cases this privilege may be extended gratis to teachers engaged in the higher branches of study, or to scholars engaged in special enquiry or research, who shall make application, and shall satisfy the Library Committee that they are able to use the library to advantage.
13. THEORY OF EDUCATION. The educational books purchased with the City Council Grant may be taken out by any student attending any of the lectures on the Theory or Art of Education, whether a registered day student or not. Only two of these books may be taken out at one time.
14. EVENING STUDENTS. Students attending evening lectures at the University may use the library for purposes of reading and reference only. Evening students are not permitted to remove books from the shelves, but should apply to the attendant.
15. FINES. Anyone infringing rule 2 will incur a fine of Ios. Anyone infringing rules 5, 8, or 10 will incur a fine of 2s. 6d. Anyone detaining a book beyond the time allowed will incur a fine of id. per day on each volume, and no defaulter will have the privilege of taking books out.
16. The Librarian, on previous application in writing, is empowered to suspend the operations of rules 3, 4, and 5 in special cases.