BIRMINGHAM LIBRARY WANTS TRADE LITERATURE
[Consul Wilbur T. Gracey, Birmingham, England, Feb. 21, 1920.]
In connection with the Birmingham public libraries a commercial section was established 12 months ago and has been very successful in disseminating trade information. The librarian has approached the American consul in Birmingham, requesting that the library be supplied with catalogues and trade literature of every kind to help forward this work.
A special feature of the commercial library is the indexing of current journals. Much of the material most useful to business men and students is in periodicals, but a large proportion of it is soon lost because of the lack of an upto-date index. The Birmingham commercial library staff carefully examines all periodicals received and separately lists the articles of special interest in the general card catalogue of the library.
The commercial section has an average of 300 callers a day.—Commerce Reports.