TABLES OF THE PRINCIPAL LIBRARIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
In compiling the following tables officials of each of the libraries have been personally applied to, and in most instances the information has been supplied by them. An attempt has been made to give particulars of all libraries of general or special interest in the United Kingdom. As regards those of other countries the list has been usually limited to those of 30,000 vols. and upwards, with a few exceptions. In India and the British Colonies there are few collections of that extent.
The abbreviation L. A. in the United Kingdom signifies that the library is under the Public Libraries Act; o.b. l. means open by leave.
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Henry Richard Tedder, .S.A.; Secretary and Librarian of the Athenaeum Club; Librarian to Lord Acton, 1873-74; one of the organisers and joint-secretary of 1st International Conference of Librarians, 1877; President of Library Assoc., 1897-98; treasurer and secretary, Metropolitan Free Libraries Committe, 1878-80; joint-editor of first three volumes of Transactions of Library Association and of Reports of 1st and 2nd Library Conference;
Ernest Chester Thomas, B.A.; Barrister, Gray's Inn; Secretary of the Library Association1876-82; editor of Monthly Notes of the Library Association and The Library Chronicle; translated F. R. Lange's History of Materialism, and edited and translated the Philobiblon of Richard de Bury.