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CITY OF NEW YORK.
TRANSMITTED TO THE LEGISLATURE JANUARY 16, 1873.
THE ARGUS COMPANY, PRINTERS.
January 16, 1873.
TRUSTEES OF THE ASTOR LIBRARY FOR THE YEAR 1872.
To the Honorable the Lieutenant-Governor of the State of New York, and President of the Senate:
The Trustees of the Astor Library have the honor to transmit herewith, in obedience to the act of the Legislature, their annual report for the year ending December 31, 1872.
The Trustees of the Astor Library beg leave to present to the Legislature of the State of New York their report of the condition and progress of the library during the year last past:
The number of volumes in the library on the 1st day of
Making the whole number of books and pamphlets in the library at this date....
The trustees refer to the report of the superintendent, hereto annexed, for a classification of these additions, showing that they have been distributed through the various departments of learning, with a due regard to the wants of the library and the best interests of the public.
The superintendent's report shows that many more persons have used the library during the year 1872 than during the previous year, the number of books delivered in the halls having been 111,317 against 92,023 delivered in 1871. The number of admissions to the alcoves has also increased from 5,204 to 5,915. The character of the books consulted, which also appears from the superintendent's report, shows that the library continues to fulfill the generous purposes of its founder in furnishing aid to those students in particular who are engaged in serious and important investigations.