Circulation + Taxes + Budget + "people's palace" idea of a public place Inter Ocean 10, Oct. 1897
fTbston public library M7JI21 Manchester, Kngland. .'. M5.H4 Chicago public library 1.173.5SA " it -la -therefore a noticeable fact that our library, which has been for several1 yesVs tbe most used In our own land, now stands first among the libraries of the world in the horn circulation of books. A citizen of Chicago we may be Justly proud of the magnificent liberality of tbe municipal authorities and of the citlsens st large in providing the mesns to erect, equip, sod furnish this building. Tbe (2,000.000 necessary for this purpose haa been derived from six annual tax levies from 1SV1 to U96. It la a sub tec t for public congratulation that a beautiful and commodious library building, adequate for tbe growth of the library for many years to come, haa been erected and paid for by the people. The cheerfulness with which this burdea bss been boras furnlsbse a splendid example of public spirit and shews that this community la not matsrial-Istlo. It proves that the library, as a means of public education, ia appreciated and understood. Ispplestrsts .the Schools. The public school, necessary and admirable as it ia, only start the individual upon the road to mental development. It open the way ard render possible further advancement la knowledge and usefulness, but It only begins tbe work of instruction. Tbe college, the seminary, acd the university discipline tbe faculties and cultivate the last for the acquisition of knowledge, and to a limited extent store tbe mind, bat they do net afford access to tbe boundless store of knowledge which a great library offers and by which the work ef tbe schools can be completed. Tha child here lesrns to love a book and forms a habit for reading, which is a shield against temptation and an Inspiration to a higher life. Tha child of larger growth can here; mak preparation for every avenue of employment and of usefulness sod can and tbe means of cultivating the graeea and accomplishments of life which distinguish the msa of education and culture from the boor and the savage. A great library afford the opportunity of investigation and research to the students In every department of utility and taste. It knows no limitation of age or sex. The Investor, author, artist, critic, artisan, and professional man of every kind find here the wit. the wisdom, and the experience of ages, in a profusion otherwise unattainable. A great library, free to all the people. 1 therefore the natural supplement to sny system of public instruction. Tbe board of directors, as custodlansof a great trust which you have committed to their rare, submit their account for your approval by delivering to you this building as the record of their stewardship. They can fear no greater punishment than your disapproval and ran hope for no greater reward thai; your commendation.