WILLIAMSBURG, Council Chamber, March 12, 1772.
WHEREAS many of the Books belonging to the Council Chamber are not to be found there at this Time, and the free Use which many Gentlemen have been permitted to make of them renders it impossible to apply for them in any other Manner, this is therefore to request all such Gentlemen as are in Possession of any of the Books to return them, or else to give Information of what Books they have; and, to prevent the like Inconveniencies for the future, Notice is hereby given that an alphabetical Book is provided, in which it is expected that any Gentleman who shall borrow any Book shall write the Title thereof, under the proper Letter, and his Name opposite thereto. By Order of the Council, JOHN BLAIR, Clerk to the Council.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) March 12, 1772
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A veiled reference to a problem shared by libraries (both public and private) since clay tablets were first collected and used by ancient scholars.