|Abstract:||If ever there was a perplexing area in librarianship, it is the handling of serial publications. It is inconceivable that any library could operate without them. It is equally inconceivable that any library can cope with them without experiencing some sort of trauma. The enormous numbers of them, their endless variety, their lasting qualities (as to both physical properties and content), their arrangement and handling present daily and frequently difficult problems. And, the larger the library, the more these problems emerge to plague the many librarians who have to deal with them. Users face difficulties too, and it is, of course, the aim of the librarians to minimize these. The planning committee conceived this Allerton Park Institute, the sixteenth in the series annually sponsored by the Graduate School of Library Science of the University of Illinois, as a step by step discussion of the many phases of dealing with serials. From Sunday, November 2, to Wednesday, November 5, 1969, over one hundred speakers and participants met at the University's conference center, Allerton House, a few miles from Monticello, Illinois.