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Investigations in connection with the decision of the Auckland City Council to establish a free library service are being carried out by the chief librarian, Mr. John Barr, and his staff.

Mr. Barr said this morning that he was studying various methods h of organisation in an attempt to evolve a particular scheme for Auckland, but the results of his research would have to go before the council's library committee before they were made public.

"With the adoption of the free library system, the three-fold function of libraries—the informational, vocational and recreational—can be fulfilled in correct proportions to the advantage of the community," said Mr. Barr. "Much work in reorganisation will be required before the new system can be inaugurated, but it is confidently expected that the* changeover will come into use as planned on .January 1 next."

Only ratepayers and residents of Auckland City will be entitled to fi*et> borrowing privileges, added Mr. Barr. Though it might appear that the whole of the income from present subscriptions and reading fees would be lost, .actually about onethird of the subscribers —those who were not ratepayers or residents of the city—would still have to pay for borrowing privileges.

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A FREE LIBRARY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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A FREE LIBRARY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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