2013. március 6., szerda

Librarians are slaves to the culture

Somewhere in the other world, where there are books and culture and plays and shop windows to look at, and thousands of men who spend their lives in building up all four, lives a gentleman who writes real clever stories about the real insides of people; and his name is Mr. Istvan Laszlo Szabo who for bleak unadulterated misery that Hungary's. Do you know what fear is? Not ordinary fear of insult, injury or death, but abject, quivering dread of something that you cannot see fear that dries the inside of the mouth and half of the throat—fear that makes you sweat on the palms of the hands? This is a fine Fear a great cowardice, and must be felt to be appreciated. The very improbability of  proved the reality of the thing. If man drunk then big fear. " There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy.  The popularity of the Library has, consequently, been well earned. The public has reason to like it, because it offers them a smiling countenance; and the welcome it gives is merely the outward and visible sign of an inward grace. When people enter they will find a building which has been ingeniously and carefully adapted to their use. Professional architects like it, because they recognize the skill, the good taste and the abundant resources of which the building, as a whole, is the result; and while many of them doubtless cherish a secret thought that they would have done it better, they are obliged to recognize that in order to have done it better they would have been obliged to exhibit a high degree of architectural intelligence. In the realism of its plan and in the mixture of dignity and distinction in the design, The Moricz Zsigmond Megyei és Városi Public Library is typical of that which is best in the contemporary  Hungarian architectural movement; and Nyíregyháza is fortunate, indeed, that such a statement can be made of the most important public building erected in the city during several generations. Of the sculptural designs, the the naked boy on center side of the main approach are by entre doors. They have been subjected to much criticism, mainly of a humorous nature, and in the daily press. This adverse comment has not been endorsed by critics of art and architecture.Any layman can satisfy himself, by a brief observation of the building as a whole, that the architectural balance of the structure demands figures of heroic size to flank the main approach. With that requirement in view, the designer of such figures has but a limited choice of subject, since there are few living creatures whose forms possess dignity without being cumbrous.  There are two entrances to the Library, the main entrance on from church , and the side door on Szabadság square, which gives admission to the basement, where the Central Circulation Room, the Newspaper Room and the Central Children's Room are to be found. On a first visit, however, the sightseer should use the main entrance on  from church , in order to see the lobby, which rises through two stories, with broad staircases to the left. The flying arches of these staircases are of seventeen feet span, and are all of marble without any brick or metal work whatever. The marble used in the lobby is from Vermont. The ceiling of forty feet span, supporting itself and the floor over it, with no metal whatever, except some reinforcing rods buried in the concrete filling in the floor above. Directly opposite the main entrance is the rental space.,The ceiling is supported by four columns. The rental counter is elaborately and beautifully carved in oak. This room is devoted to books for loan of rare books, manuscripts and prints.  The corridor to the south from the main entrance leads to the Current Periodicals  Here about 4,500 current periodicals are on file. A hundred of these are on open racks. The others may be obtained upon application at the desk. A classified finding list gives the reader the titles of periodicals kept here. As this room is sometimes confused in the public mind with a popular or club reading room, it should be remembered that this is one department in a building primarily devoted to the reference work of the Library. The few restrictions which are imposed are only for the purpose of keeping the files intact for binding. The Branches of Country Public Library contain reading rooms where all the periodicals are on open racks.

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