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War is Women’s Business

were being felt

in the Carnegie

Public Library in

Cork. Extracts from the Annual Report 1916/1917 detail

the reduction in people using the library and

‘... presume

there will be no possibility of a return to the normal of

pre-war days, until some time after the close of the present

European crisis’.

The effects of the

War in Europe

Delays in the delivery of magazines and

periodicals were noted

‘Consequent on the

existing transit conditions, it has not been possible

to place the Magazines, etc., on the tables as

promptly as usual, a state of affairs that seems

likely to continue for some time to come’.

General journals were very popular and provided what could be

considered to be leisure time reading including stories in serial

form, poetry, book reviews, social commentary and politics.