General Memorandum No. 3 / Standard Operating Procedure on Use of Library (Room 306) of the Documentation Division / Office of U. S. Chief of Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality / APO 403 / U.S. Army
Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-10-05
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 59 / Regulations, Information Bulletins and General Memoranda
59.05 (Gill memo #3, SOP)
This memo presents some statistics related to the holdings, accessioning process, and use of the Documentation Division Library (Room 306). The commentary (point 2) on these statistics reveals that the Library is receiving German-language publications faster than the librarian can catalogue and shelve them - and that the Library is understaffed and overworked. The problem of important unaccessioned material is aggravated by some borrowers' tending to "retain books for days and even weeks" (point 3), which necessitates in the present memo the institution of a two-day loan policy. The memo contains a total of nine points regarding Library use, including the requirement to work with key books only inside the Library itself and that "No books shall be removed from the library before they are checked out by a member of the Library staff" (point 8, emphasis in original). This document is a typewritten copy on browning, brittle paper.