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BUILDING SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1915

Increases in the number of visitors and in the Staff have forced us to increase the seating capacity of several rooms, and to enlarge our checking room facilities. Galleries were added in the Americana rooms, as well as a large number of desks, clothes lockers, shelves, catalogue cases and electric lights in other parts of the building, and additional lunch and rest room facilities for the Staff in another building on 40th street.

There were 2,558,717 visitors in the building, or 178,000 more than in 1914. The cost of light, heat, power and janitor's service, including gallery attendants and policing of the building, amounted to $77,384.28 as against $84,107.70 for the year before. The cost of repairs and alterations amounted to $36,600.00 as against $48,500.00 for the year before. There were, on an average, 100 employes on our monthly pay-roll, the grand total of which amounted to $71,672.73 as against $73,555.73 for the year before.

REPAIR DIVISION

Last year's allowance for repairs was $36,600.00. To a casual observer this may seem enough, since apparently all important repairs were made; but the comments of experts prove that much of our woodwork requires waxing, iron work needs to be scraped and painted, elevator shafts ought to be overhauled, etc. All of this had to be neglected on account of the lack of funds. The total number of small repairs amounted to 4,852. Of these 4,728 were made in response to complaints; while 124 were planned improvements. The following were the most noteworthy improvements: Balconies, bookcases and stairs in the Americana rooms, $8,000.00; an air washing system, $1,200.00; new grate bars for three boilers, $800.00; new sump pump, $600.00; forced draft system for the boilers, $2,000.00.

The cost of the engineering and supervising work for the repair division, borne by the Library, amounted to $1,800.00.

ENGINEERING DIVISION

The total cost of generating light, heat and power was $25,157.89, of which $12,182.83 was for coal burned and removal of ashes, $1,413.25 for oil, repair material and storage battery repairs, and $11,561.81 for labor and office expenses. Making an allowance for the heating of the building, the actual cost to the Library for electric current would be 1.05 cents per kilowatt hour. This represents a cash expenditure.

JANITOR'S DIVISION

The janitor's division includes the cleaning, policing and watching of the building. The total cost of labor and material was $44,058.14 for the past year as against $43,881.77 for the year before. The cost of cleaning per square foot per year was 4.7 cents, or the same as last year, the increase in the total cost being due to the employment of an additional attendant to protect the property which visitors leave in the building.

The chart below gives a graphic illustration of the amount of money spent for coal each month for the past two years. In the beginning of 1914 we spent about $1,600.00 per month; comparing this with 1915, it appears that a saving of $200.00 to $700.00 per month has been effected. Credit is due to the personnel of the engineer's force, the

Holly system, and the new forced draft system which latter enabled us to burn a cheaper grade of coal. The lower chart illustrates the increase of the amount of electric current used per month during the same period.

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Jan.

K.W. HRS.

110,000

100,000

90,000

80,000

70,000

Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.

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Feb.

Mar. Apr.

May

June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.

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Americana

Main Reading Room 15,631 38,374 15,590 36,996 988 3,367 1,174 5,183

Genealogy

1,796 11,100 1,893 11,391

16,567 37,716 1,338 5,063 1,951 12,920

22,083 1,978

2,159

Music *

1,060

2,091

1,004

2,196

1,032 2,204

Art, etc.-

2,142

5,998

2,355

7,677

2,580

6,959

3,387 8,498

49,621 23,954 53,560 24,411 53,291 255,895 8,100 2,228 10,443 2,200 10,047 21,593 11,030 2,120 9,979 2,029 10,679 26,129 1,333 2,595 1,391 2,700 3,707 10,054

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14,925 17,023 5,336 18,361 11,977 35,887 13,194 19,792 10,208 12,161 10,714 13,077 Maps 454 1,178 430 1,263 Manuscripts 38 108 71 176 Total of Special Rms. 39,763 126,186 42,781 121,480

995

1,035 15,525

1,086 16,290

5,496

27,439

13,187

20,246

10,725

471 1,353

1,718 18,688 1,810 17,863 1,702 17,830 21,446 214,166 1,190 17,850 1,301 19,515 1,229 18,435 15,044 225,660 6,235 22,362 6,195 22,328 13,756 21,624 13,525 20,989 13,011 11,957 14,430 11,463 492 1,303 484 1,354

5,703

19,960 70,282

265,026

13,210

19,662 161,185

265,495

13,912

10,341

12,306 136,603

162,840

377

975 5,480 14,848

30 94 43,727 131,822

26 39 49,565 141,172

Total...

11 34 375 776 47,151 138,264 571,769 1,701,907

55,394 164,560 58,371 158,476 60,294 169,538 71,648 190,793 73,642 196,607 71,562 191,555 827,664 2,289,436

17 20 49,688 143,047

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