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SWANSEA FREE LIBRARY. A meeting of the free library committee was held on Tuesday, Mr Brock presidiiig.LAr Hartland reported that, in uccordimcB with in- structions of the committee, ha had waited upon the tjwn clet-k respecting cert iin correspondence with the authorities of the South Kensington Museum in relation to the promised ¡;;l.Hlt J b6- Swansea. Eree Library and Art Schools. The reply he had received from the town clerk was to the effect that the correspondence would have to be considered by the property committee of the town council before it could be communicated to the library coiiiiiiittee.-TiieLibriirian complained of the mutilation of periodicals and papers by readers visiting the reference library and news-rooms. Several members ot the committee recommended that a more stringent supen ision should be practiced by the library attendants.— The Chairman referred to H to Leeds made by Mr Thompson, the librarian, during the Christmas week. He had, at his suggestion, submitted the plans of the new library buildings to the library authorities of that town, with the object of receiving' any suggested improvement or additions. The general opinion expressed was that the plans, if carried out, would giv.e to Swansea a building in many rcspects superior to that at Leeds, which had cost a much larger um than the Swansea building was estimated to cost.—Mr Hartlund moved a resolution to the effect that the property committee of the town council be requested not t,) take any steps with respect to the p.pers relating to the South Kensington grants uiit.1 they had been considered by the library committee.—Mr Par- minter seconded, and, after some discussion, Ml Burnie said he thought the resolution came too late for the subject to be discussed by that com- mittee, and recommended that the consideration of any proposition from South Kensington should now be left to the property c')mmittee.-The Chairman said that the science and art section would be under separate control, and he did not consider it their province to go to any length in interfering with arrangements now pending. He thougbt the science and art department would derive much advantage from being connected with South Kensington.— Mr Hartland, in pressing his resolution, said that there would, in addition to an anticipated grant of P,1,000 towards the building, be also annual grants for scholarships, the conditions of which would be in the possession of the property committee of the town council, but not of the library committee. He thought they were en- titled to that knowledge, and it would be much more satisfactory for the committee to have the terms before them. Another point was the transfer of the present quarters of the schools of art to the postal authorities, for which there would be an annual sum paid by Government, over which the library committee would have some control. On Mr Hartland s motion being put, four voted for and nine against it-

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