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9. The British Council has undertaken a considerable extension of its library services. New libraries recently opened or about to be opened in Africa and Asia total 27. Of the half-million books sent out by the Council in the last eighteen months to its libraries all over the world, or as presentations to other institutions, by far the greatest number have gone to Africa and Asia especially to India, Pakistan and Ceylon. The range of learned journals covered by these libraries has also been much extended and many more presentations have been made to institutions, such as medical schools, unable to obtain such journals by other means.

10. The Council's services in these countries have been further improved by the recruitment of a number of professional librarians to advise locally on the best choice and direction of material, and to organise the reference uses of the libraries.

11. In India and Pakistan the Council's multiple holdings of widely used textbooks have been very greatly increased. In the last four months some forty-five Indian universities and colleges have begun using this new multiple textbook scheme. Numbers, both of readers and of issues, have steadily risen, in India by some 40 per cent.

12. Important presentations of books and periodicals have been made to colleges and other institutions in, for example, Nigeria, Ceylon, Burma, Viet Nam, Malaya and Indonesia.

13. This work has been supported by certain other related activities of the British Council. For example, important exhibitions of books and periodicals have recently been mounted for Nigeria, East Africa, India, Indonesia and Viet Nam.