The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, September 28, 1901, Page 10, Image 10

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rior flight of steps is of an easy grade,
and the extreme breadth makes the ap
proach imposing. The stone coping on
each side of the steps will be surmount
ed by ornamental wrought iron lampB
designed by a Chicago artist.
Over the entrance is a pediment sup
ported by two massive pilasters and two
pure Ionic columns, in the pediment
proper is an ornamental design in scroll
work, carried out in terra cotta in high
relief. Immediately underneath on the
arch' t rave is the inscription, "Lincoln
City Library," in large letters.
The doorway is arched, and in the
spandrels are two female figures repre
senting Science and Literature. Theso
have been deemed of sufficient excel
lence to warrant publication in one of
the architectural journals. The doors
will bo of massive oak, with plate glass
panels. Over these panels, as well as
over the plate glass transoms, will be
wrought iron grill work of special de
sign. On the main floor, the only apart
ments in which any effort at ornamenta
tion will be made are the vestibule and
the delivery room. The vestibule will
contain a second flight of nine steps,
with treads of Tennessee marble. The
remainder of the flooring in the vesti
bule will be of mosaic tile. The vesti
bule will be wainscoted in dark Tennes
see marble of three different colors.
Over the wainscoting the walls will be
molded in pilasters and panels of Kent's
cement, with cornices at the ceiling.
The vestibule will contain a bronze tab
let commemorative of Mr. Carnegie's
donation of the funds for the building.
From the vestibule the visitor will
pass through swinging doors directly
into the delivery room. This is octag
onal in form and extends to the extreme
height of the dome. The walls of this
are simply the eight pillars shown on
the diagram. These are wainscoted
with dark Tennessee marble and sur
rounded at the top by moulded arches.
Above them the interior of the dome is
finished in ornamental mouldings and
The floor of the delivery room is a
special design in mosaic tile. The tile
flooring also extends through the hall
leading to the stairway on the left, and
to that portion of the open stack room
and the children's room next to the
The main delivery counter will be on
the east side of the delivery room, front
ing the entrance, semi-circular in form,
and faced with dark Tennessee marble to
correspond to the wsinscoting of the
columns. To the rear of this counter,
and occupying the extension of the
building to the east, will be the main
stack room in which the general collec
tion of books will be kept. In this the
book shelves or stacks will be arranged,
radiating from the counter bo as to en
able the attendant at the counter to Bee
every portion of this stack. At the out
set this will be equipped with shelves
having a capacity of 16,300 volumes.
The construction of the shelves, how
ever, will be such as to permit additions,
and the construction of a second tier
above with a total capacity of 36,000
The open stack room, so-called, occu
pies the northeast corner of the main
building. This will be equipped at the
outset with shelves having a capacity
of 9,200 standard volumes. The open
stack room is a feature which has not
been generally adopted in libraries.
While the public will have free access
to every portion of the stack, it is recog
nized that the time will come when the
main stack will be so crowded that
simply for lack of room the general
public can not be admitted to it. The
open stack room, however, is always to
be kept open to the public, and in it
will be kept the books of general and
immediate interest. In this room, also,
will bs kept the card catalogues, tha
bulletins and tables at which readers
can examine and select their books.
From the open stack room doors lead
to the librarian's private office and to
the cataloguing room. The librarian's
office has a window looking into the
stack rooms, enabling the librarian to
command a view of the delivery desk
and surroundings.
In the southeast corner of the build
ing is the children's room. This will
at present have wall shelves for 3,600
volumes, and in it will be kept all books
of more immediate interest to the young.
It will be supplied with tables, aud dur
ing the busy hours of the day a special
attendant will be in charge to guide the
children in their search for books and
instruct them in the use of the library.
The children's apartment is one to
which every modern library devotes
particular attention.
In the eouthwest corner of the build
ing will be the reading room for news
papers and periodicals. This is the
largest apartment in the building, as it
has been found from experience in Lin
coln that it is one of the most popular
departments of the library. It will be
furnished with six large reading tables,
two reading desks for the daily newspa
pers, racks for magazines and other ap
pliances. In the southwest portion of the build
ing will be the reference room with
shelves having a capacity of 3,300 stan
dard volumes, to which readers will at
all times have direct access. This is de
signed more' particularly as the study
room of the library, in which readers
and students can consult not only the
books kept in this room, but to which
they may bring any books kept in other
portions of the library. The plane for
future enlargement give the room a
possible shelf capacity of 7,700 volumee.
It will be furnished with five tables;
three of them have table lights from
the floor.
The book stacks or shelves will be of
steel of the bracket construction, manu
factured by the Art Metal Construction
company of Jamestown, New York,
represented by the State Journal com
pany of this city. They are adjustable
at any height, and all shelves are rapidly
interchangeable throughout the entire
library without the use of tools.
The arrangement and construction of
this floor will permit a single attendant
at the delivery counter to have super
vision of the entire floor, thus making it
possible to keep the library open with a
single attendant, necessitating addition
al assistants only for the actual work on
band. This is an important feature in
this library; for most libraries find it
necessary to keep an attendant in every
department simply for the purpose of
supervision, regardless of the actual
work to be done.
The basement of the building will be
dry and airy. It will have a twelve foot
ceiling with large windows in every
apartment. Under the floor will be a
bed of concrete, and between the base
ment and every portion of soil, whether
under the floor or on the Bides, there is
a damp proof course of tar and pitch
which effectually excludes all dampness.
Over the concrete base will be laid a
floor of hard maple.
The basement is reached by a broad
stairway from the delivery room. It
can be reached through a door in front
leading through the bicycle room, and
through a doerway on the north side of
the building from the alley. From the
alley door a broad ball runs through the
basement from north to south. In the
southwest corner will ba two studies
separated by a roller partition, which
telescopes into the ceiling. These are
designed for the ubs of special students
who may need to work in privacy, and
in it the books required by them can be
placed to be UBed at their convenience.
These two studies can be thrown into a
aingls room to be used for lectures, club
meetings and gatherings incidental to
the use of the library. Together they
will be large enough to seat about one
hundred persons.
In the northwest corner will be a staff
room for the use of the employes of the
library as a retiring room.
The bicycle room will be in front, im
mediately north of the main entrance,
and entered through a doorway on the
outside of the building. This will com
municate with the main hall in the
basement, and can be used as an en
trance to the basement; though ordi
narily access to the basement by the
public can be gained only through the
delivery room in view of the attendants.
Under the cataloguing and librarian's
rooms is the storage and unpacking
room. All bookB and packages of every
character will be brought into the build
ing through the alley door into the base
ment and into this unpacking room. All
unpacking will be done there, and arti
cles not needed for immediate use can
be placed in the storage room immedi
ately adjoining. BookB will then be
Bent into the cataloguing room immedi
ately overhead by means of a book lift.
In this room will also be done all repair
ing, binding and miscellaneous work.
On the north side of the basement are
also located the toilet rooms for men
and women, and the janitor's room.
Under the vestibule is a large vault
in which are to be kept records or any
thing else that may need to be kept
The southeast portion of the basement
tinder the main stack room and chil
dren's room has been marked on the
plans as a museum. It is hoped that
it may be possible to accumulate a
museum of articles especially interest
ing to the people of this city. For the
present, however, this apartment is
Bimply spare room which can be used for
any purpose of the library to which it
may be adapted.
At some future time the children's
room on the floor above may be needed
as a general stack room, in which case
the children's room can be placed here.
The shelves with which the library is
to be equipped this time will have an
actual capacity of about 32,400 standard
volumes. The present building has a
possible shelf capacity of 85,000 standard
volumes, without any reconstruction or
change in the shelf arrangement as now
designed. Whenever thio shelf capaci
ty shall be outgrown, increased capacity
to practically an unlimited extent can
be provided by an addition eastward, in
which event the radial arrangement of
stacks in the main stack room will have
to be modified.
At the present time the library has
upon ite shelves about 10,500 volumes.
To these should be added some four or
five hundred volumes which have l en
purchased but not yet received, and
about twenty-five hundred volumes of
government publications obtau td
through Congressman Burkett, wh h
for lack of room and assistance, it 1ms
not be able to catalogue or place u. m
the shelves. These will be provided fur
in the new building.
It will be seen that the present sup
ply will make but an insignificant show -ing
in this magnificent new building.
The citizens of Lincoln will doubtless
feel it well worth their while to provnie
for a substantial increase when the
building is opened.
The Chase-Lister company, which
will open a week's engagement at the
Funke-next Monday night, stands second
to none in the west. This company on
its previous visits to our city has always
given the best of satisfaction. This
season it is larger, stronger and better
in every respect than ever before, pro
ducing nothing but the latest and beet
city successes. Monday night it will
produce for the first time here that
beautiful society comedy, "The Sena
tor's Daughter." Two ladies or one
lady and gentleman will be admitted
Monday night on one paid thirty or
fifty cent ticket. Prices for this engage
ment 10c, 20c, 30c and 50c. Seats on
Bale Friday morning.
"I don't see why they should stick
suck an ugly thing as you right in front
of me," complained the rose at the flower
"Age before beauty, my dear," replied
the century plant gallantly. Philadel
phia Press.
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Manufacturers of the finest qual
ity of plain and fancy Ice Cream,
Ices, Frozen Puddings, Frappe
and Sherbets. Prompt delivery
and satisfaction guaranteed.
183 SO. 1 2th St. PHON E 205 .
grain, Ipromsions
and gtocks.
1035 N St, Lincoln, and Hastings, Nebr.
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In a repertoire of the latest
successes. Special vaudeville
features by the best artists
ever carried by a repertoire
The Senator's Daughter.
Ladies free Monday night under the usual conditions.
1 Prices, 10c, 20c, 30c and 50c. Seat sale Wednesday.
Cor. O and 12th Sts. Phone 605
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