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Library Bureau Steel Stack.

This is an entirely new invention based upon quite different principles from any other ever offered. Three distinct requisites for a perfect stack are: I, to make each shelf absolutely adjustable; 2, to obtain a construction which should furnish needed structural support for two, three, or even four, storied stacks, and at the same time present a compact and graceful appearance, for a single height, so often required in the reference or reading room; 3, to give the least possible obstruction of light and air. After years of study and experiment this has been accomplished.

The uprights are of cold rolled steel, one upright carrying the end of two tiers of shelves to the full height of stack, giving the strongest support and a great gain over any other form, e. g., the pipe stack requires three uprights instead of one.

The shelves are held in place by brackets sliding in the grooves of the uprights, which in their turn are held by set screws, instantly and easily adjustable. Absolute adjustability of each shelf is the chief feature of the stack. These are readily adjusted when loaded with books.

The slight advantage gained on each shelf by this exact adjustment frequently enables another shelf to be placed in the stack, increasing the capacity of the library from 10 to 15 per cent. Such saving should be considered in the cost of the stack.

The stack, unlike many others, presents no rough surfaces to the books, and is constructed so that it is impossible for the shelves to tip downward, however great the weight placed on the front. Every detail has been carefully studied to secure the best possible results, and represents not only our experience but that of many libraries.

Libraries sometimes make the mistake of having too wide as well as too long shelves; some stacks having been built with all shelving twelve inches wide. Eight inches is ample for all except large books, of which the number is comparatively small in any library. This extra width beyond the eight inches is worse than lost, for besides losing much from the aisle space between the stacks, which may mean the loss of several stacks in a large room, it furnishes a place at the back of the shelf for dust to collect and the books to become hidden.

We recommend that the shelves be of wood, though the rest of the stack is constructed of iron and steel; they are lighter and more easily handled, are pleasanter to the touch and less wearing on the books; they

occupy no more space, cost less, and are more ornamental. It is a fallacy that there is protection from fire in steel shelves, which is the only argument claimed for them. Steel shelves would in no case prevent fire, and a fire once started in a building, they are a menace, since steel is a conductor of heat and warps under its influence. A stronger argument could be made for printing and binding books in asbestos. Instances have come under our notice where books have been saved from fire by wooden shelves. Again steel shelves, whatever their finish, are liable through abrasion to rust, and thus present a rough surface to the edges of books. Still more important, they collect moisture in warm, damp weather, which wood does not.

While we consider wood shelves the best, we supply steel when desired. Although the L. B. stack is a recent invention, having been on the market scarcely a year (1894), it has been adopted by the following libraries:

Howard Whittemore Memorial Library,
Naugatuck, Conn.
Warder Free Library, Springfield, Ohio.
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
University of the State of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, N. C.
Cossitt Library, Memphis, Tenn.
McGill College Library, Montreal, Canada.

Springfield City Library, Springfield, Mass.

U. S. Dep't of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.
Gail Borden Library, Elgin, Ill.
Jackson Public Library, Jackson, Mich.
Imperial Building Co., St. Louis, Mo.

Bristol County Court House, Taunton, Mass.
Free Public Library, Newark,
N. J.
Brockton Free Library, Brockton, Mass.
Fort Wayne Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Correspondence is solicited with any library considering new shelving. The L. B. stack has been constructed to give the most perfect details at reasonable prices. Comparison of cost with wooden cases will be found favorable when durability is considered.

Designs and estimates for any shelving that involves the use of the L. B. patents will be furnished upon application. No library should decide upon any form without considering this, recently pronounced by leading librarians. the best yet devised.

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