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IN THE LIBRARY
QUEEN'S COLLEGE, BELFAST.
PRINTED BY ALEX. MAYNE & BOYD, 2 CORPORATION STREET.
AT the opening of Queen's College, Belfast, in 1849, the newly-founded Library was lodged in the Great Hall of the College. In the year 1869 the present building, devoted exclusively to Library purposes, was opened. The old presses were transferred from the Great Hall, and fitted, as well as might be, in their new positions. This explains the irregularity in the numbering of the presses.
Soon the shelves began again to be crowded, and a number of smaller presses were placed in the recesses of the gallery. These presses received the distinguishing letter S in addition to their numbers. The heating of the Library by hot water-pipes made the large fire-places superfluous. The space obtained by their removal was occupied by new presses which received the distinguishing letter N in addition to their numbers, their running numbers being the same as those of the old presses containing books of the same class.
The Catalogues published previously to this one, are :— Catalogue of Books in the Library of Queen's College, Belfast.
68 pp. 64 pp.
124 pp. 98 pp.
The Catalogue and Supplements were compiled by the Rev. George Hill, and printed by Alexander Mayne, Belfast.
There was further published a
Catalogue of Classical Books and Works relating to Patristic
1887. 107 pp. 8vo. This Catalogue was compiled by Professor Dougan, assisted by Mrs. MacDouall, and printed by Alex. Mayne & Boyd, Belfast.
Three large Donations have been made to the Library, two of which are kept in separate presses and are distinguished in the Catalogue.
In the year 1880 the friends and former pupils of the late Professor MacDouall subscribed the sum of £275 for the purpose of purchasing from the library of Professor MacDouall a selection of classical and oriental works, to be deposited in the College Library, and to be called the Mac Douall Library. These books are distinguished in the Catalogue by the letters (MacD.).
In the year 1887 Mrs. Cunningham and Professor Cunningham presented to the Library 225 volumes from the library of the late Dr. Adam Smith. These books are distinguished in the Catalogue by the letters (Ad.S.)
In the year 1873 the widow and children of the late John Robinson M'Clean, Esq., Civil Engineer, London, presented, through the hands of the Rev. P. S. Henry, D.D., the late President, the sum of Five Hundred Pounds, to be expended in the purchase of scientific works for the Library. These books are not kept separate, but are placed with the other books in their respective departments. They are to be distinguished by an ornamental book-plate recording the munificence of the donors.
The large type chosen for the names of authors in the new General Catalogue has no c à queue (c) and does not mark the accents in French names. This slight disadvantage, affecting but few names, is more than compensated by the great clearness which it imparts to the whole page.