In spite of the failure of the committee appointed by the Harvard Union to obtain a number of names of subscribers sufficient to insure the success of a reading room this year, we still think that there is a large number of students in college who would be willing to under-take the responsibility for the support and management of such an institution, and a number sufficiently large to insure its success and permanence. Therefore we are very ready to lend our cordial approval and support to the plan advanced by certain gentlemen from the four classes as explained in another column. Their plan is simple, economical and practical. There is no apparent reason why a reading room at Harvard should be under the management of the Union. A reading room is certainly an institution of enough importance to deserve an organization of its own and the care of a separate management. It would be superfluous to repeat the well-known arguments and to display the advantages of a university reading room. Every one who has known the convenience of such an institution can testify to them, and all patrons of the former reading room have now been able to appreciate the loss caused by the abandonment of that enterprise. The establishment of an adequate and successful reading room now rests with the students of Harvard; it is to be hoped that they will not abandon the opportunity of securing an institution that can supply their needs. We hope for the success of the scheme.
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