Education: Intercollegiate Library

As every professor knows, U.S. university libraries are suffering from growing pains. They are doubling in size every ten to 15 years, collections are scattered and uncoordinated, storage space is running out, and budgets getting thin. But last week, at the University of Chicago, something was finally done to better the trend.

There, the big new Midwest Library Center, four years in the making, opened for business, was soon jangling with orders from campuses in a dozen states. Built with money from the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations, it is a combination warehouse, distribution and...

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