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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947



Sir,—I wish to protest, through the columns of "Salient" against the indignities inflicted upon students using the college library this year. I allude to the practice of making students present library cards before borrowing books. This practice is an innovation this year, and is I think reactionary and senseless. More effective methods are available for penalising those who do not pay their Students' Association fee, as this is apparently the only rational object of this new measure. Even the Honours student who haves his card at home is prohibited from taking out books. In regard to weekend, reserved books, a double production of the card is necessary if one wishes to reserve a book earlier in the week. The limit of absurdity was reached when a library assistant was placed on the door to prevent students without their cards from entering. This is, I think, an insult to the intelligence of the conscientious students who use the library. The new policy is bureaucratic, reactionary and stupid.