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I'm curious as to how many Rings have a Ring library of books, lecture notes etc.
If your Ring has a library, could you please respond to these questions:
1. How many books are in your library. As a gauge of reference, would your collection fill one five-shelf bookcase or, say, a range of three or more five-shelf bookcases?
2. If the books in your library are stored in large file boxes (16.2 x 12.5 x 10.5 inches), how many boxes are there?
2. How did your Ring acquire the items in the collection: a) from funds in the treasury or b) donations from members or members's families upon their passing?
3. Where is the collection housed?
4. How have books been acquired? Purchased by funds in he Ring treasury? Donated by members or members' families after they pass away?
5. How do you handle circulation of the books among the members?

In IBM Ring 103 in Norfolk, Virginia, here's how we would answer the above questions:
1. The collection is stored in 11 plastic boxes roughly 16.2 x 12.5 x 10.5 inches.
2. Books were bought with funds from the Ring treasury and from donations from members.
3. The collection has been kept by various members in their homes.
4. There are approximately 75 hardbound books in our library, 57 softbound books including various lecture notes.
5. Members ask the librarian (usually a volunteer who has space for all the books) to bring a book to the next meeting (e.g. at the February meeting, a member might ask the librarian to bring say _The Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume 2_ to the February meeting. The member would have the book for one month and return it at the March meeting.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
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If anyone is interested in building up their Ring or Assembly Library, we have helped a couple of Rings do this and offer very reasonable pricing on some of the classics. All are used books that we have acquired over time that seem to be on only moderate interest to our customer base. Serious inquiries welcome and I am happy to provide the name and contact info for the Ring President and Librarian we have most recently woked with. Want to keep magic and the printed word alive and well. - Dan
Bradbury Books & Beyond
Dan and Jobeth Bradbury
4545 Wornall Road #805
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: 816-531-2468
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