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THE NEW YORK
o, Qie to 13375 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.
OFFICERS FOR 1834.
DAVID ROBERTS, Librarian.
The Mercantile Library Association was formed November 27th, 1820, and obtained a Charter of Incorporation March 11th, 1823. In 1828 the Association solicited the merchants to aid in procuring a permanent location for its Library; which resulted in the incorporation of the Clinton Hall Association, and the erection, early in 1830, of a large and costly edifice. This Association has granted privileges to the Mercantile Library Association, calculated to establish it on a sure basis, and to ensure advancement to it, in future, equal, if not superior, to any similar institution in the country. The Mercantile Library Association has now free occupation of a Library-room, which will contain 20,000 volumes, with an extensive Reading-room attached; also a Lecture-room, sufficiently capacious for the accommodation of 1500 persons.
At four different periods Catalogues have been published. The first in 1821, at which time the library was composed of seven hundred volumes; the second in 1825, when the number of volumes was twentytwo hundred; the third in 1828, when the number amounted to fortyfive hundred; and the fourth in 1830, at which time the number of volumes had increased to six thousand. Since 1830 there has been a much larger increase, and greater improvement, in works and editions. This has induced the Board of Direction to compile a Catalogue of the books of the Association, which, at this time, number but a few volumes less than ten thousand. This Catalogue is compiled on a different plan from those before published, is more complete, and the simplification of the Index and general arrangement will be found to facilitate the selection of any works that may be desired.