Written: Written on July 15, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 404b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I refused to sign because it is too sweeping and vague.
I propose that it be redrafted more exactly (what, in concrete terms, does “to take into the network” mean?) and submitted a second time together with the instructions.
 This note was written on the draft of a decree for centralising libraries in the Republic, adopted by the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars on June 22, 1920. To eliminate duplication of work and ensure effective use and proper distribution of all existing book-collections, the draft stipulated that “the libraries of all public organisations and institutions are to be merged in the general library network of the Educational Departments”. = All libraries newly opened by public organisations were to be included “in the general network of public libraries”.
The draft decree also bears a note from Krupskaya to the People’s Commissariat for Education: “If you will send me my article on the centralisation of libraries and return this draft, I will try to make a new draft and write an instruction. But perhaps it has already been done? In that case, send it as well.”