Report of Acting Honorary Librarian.
Some applications for exchange have been received during the year but have not yet been dealt with by the Library Committee. Indeed, from a glance at the congestion in the Society's Library it would appear to be doubtful if many new incoming exchanges can be accommodated. The shelves are full to overflowing at present, the acute position being brought about by the resumption of further exchanges for some time debarred by censorship control from sending their publications.
The holdings in the Library have now been completely listed.
For the past three years trainees of the National Library School have carried out a project in the Library. Two students have been assigned each year to do a two-months' project in practical work and in that time the entire holdings of the Library have been listed and they have now been incorporated by the National Library Service in a supplementary list to the Harris List of Periodicals compiled some years ago.
Through this list there have already been demands for publications which other libraries were unaware the Royal Society had in its Library, and the interloan work, which makes quite a demand on the Librarian's time, is likely to increase.
Approximately 600 volumes were issued on loan during the year, more than 200 of them to other libraries and institutions through the interloan system.
A part-time assistant, unfortunately inexperienced, but whose interest lies in library work, will be available for work after the term holidays.
4th May, 1950.
H. B. Fell,
Acting Hon. Librarian.