Oakland: The Public Library: Notes 1
- Great care is taken to prevent books from spreading
diseases. The collections are renovated continually. Soiled and worn
books are discarded or rebound and thousands are annually washed page
by page with a solution of ammonia and water. Moreover, the bureau of
health sends to the library a daily report showing the houses in which
there are contagious diseases. Books taken out by readers in those
houses are collected by the library messenger and burned.