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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Evolution of the Medford public Library. (search)
ars. A copy of this catalogue I have been unable to find, but from Mrs. Susan M. Fitch we have received a copy of one containing the constitution, bearing no date of imprint, however, but presumably printed in 1837, as at that time a new constitution was framed, when the shares were made one dollar, and Article 3 of this constitution reads as follows: The price of a share shall be one dollar, each share shall be subject to an annual tax of fifty cents, commencing at the annual meeting, January, 1838. Their privileges, in one respect, were at that time the same as in the Public Library of to-day, as in Article 4 we find: Each proprietor may take out two volumes at a time, for each share he may hold, for fourteen days, and if they have been in the library over a year, thirty days. From Article 8, after a long list of duties belonging to the librarian, this astonishing rule appears: And if there are any books lost, injured, or defaced, of which the Librarian can give no satisfactory