184R. Henry Miers to Harrod, 24 November 1930 [a]

Follows on from 182 R, answered by 185 R. Miers thanks Harrod for a note dated 21 November. He appreciates Harrod's most conciliatory statement, meant to reach an agreement and minimize the danger of dividing opinion in the University, and hopes that an agreement may be reached that would obviate the necessity of a minority report. [1]

  1. 1. Although Harrod considered the building of a new library as the only permanent solution of the library problem in Oxford (see note 1 to letter 183 R), he had to compromise. The University, in fact, had already opted for the use of an area in Broad Street, opposite the old building of the Bodleian, and this decision had its weight on the other commissioner (Bodleian Library Commission, Report, 1931, p. 49). The proposal of the majority was therefore to build on the designed site, to be connected to the old building by means of a tunnel. The new facility was meant to be essentially a storage for books to be delivered to the renovated reading room in the Bodleian quadrangle. Harrod therefore accepted the Broad Street solution, provided that the new building was considered not a mere place of storage but as a proper library where research could be carried out.
    1. a. From 18, Aberdare Gardens, West Hampstead, N.W.6 # , one page ALS, in HP VI-55.

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