SINCE the public has been showing an increasing interest in the activities of the various government departments during recent years, the practical value of the work of the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., has become better recognized. The library of this institution, however, has remained comparatively little known beyond the circle of its regular readers and too little used by research students. This is due in part, probably, to its scientific character and to its situation off the main path of tourists and even of Washington residents. Most of the visitors come at night to look through the telescopes and do not see the library. As a matter of fact, this library contains much of interest to the casual visitor as well as to the earnest student of astronomy or mathematics.
Printed Treasures in the Library of the United States Naval Observatory
By Grace O. Savage