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    Re: Beta Cap -- the tenth lunars star
    From: David C
    Date: 2020 Dec 11, 21:13 -0800
    Jared wrote (in 2004)
    They should be available at any "repository library". The US has a "federal 
    repository" program where major libraries are sent all sorts of official 
    publications to be kept in archives 'forever

    Clearly the NZ National Library and the  GeneraL Assembly Library (of NZ Parliament) are not Repository libraries. The former is getting rid of tens of thousands of books which are not about NZ and/or have not been taken out for ten or twenty years or more. The justification is to create space for new aquisitions. Recently many thousands of books were for sale near where i live at $2 per volume. I did not attend because  the sale covered dewey classes 0 to 4. If classes 5 and 6 are for sale I may attend subject to Covid restrictions at the time.

    The National Library does (or did) have various volumes by H S  Blackburne. I do not know if the fact that he was Principal Examiner of Masters and Mates to the NZ Government would save his books - assumining that the librarians know anything about him. It is possible that some of Blackburne's books have not been borrowed for 100 years.

    I have two volumes which came  from the General Assembly Library of NZ. I purchased them from secondhand bookshops. I do not know the  policy of the General  Assembly Library. but clearly they had a "cleanout" at some stage.

    When I locate a pdf on google books or Hathitrust the names of one or two US University libraries usually pop up. I hope that the Universities will  continue to have the money to maintain their collections.


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