Similar notes (with different ship names, of course) were contained in the ads for the Cunard, Atlantic Transport, American, Allan and Union-Castle lines. The Cunard and Allan ads mentioned first and second class passengers, Union-Castle's mentioned "saloon passengers," but the those of the three IMM lines mentioned first class only.The WHITE STAR LINE ROYAL MAIL STEAMERS Titanic, Olympic, Adriatic, Oceanic, Majestic, Baltic, Cedric, Celtic, and Arabic have a perfect circulating library service for passengers. By contract with The Times the advantages of THE TIMES BOOK CLUB are available for first-class passengers during every voyage without charge, and a liberal supply is carried of all the newest books.
According to Charles Pellegrino in his book Her Name, Titanic, there was a copy of Futility on board, so that is ironic.Now that's what I call an interesting question. Given the preoccupation with respectability in those days, I expect choosing the books for the library might have been a bit tricky. One had to consider the ladies ... so no Elinor Glynn then, though I don't think she'd really got into her stride by 1912. Not sure. Some improving biographies and some religious books, for certain, I would have thought. I suddenly realise how little I know about books for popular consumption in that era. Did they have thrillers, or crime books? You'd expect some Dickens, but even he only became really iconic a little later on. Diary of a Nobody or Three Men in a Boat, maybe? And would they have reflected the international mix of passengers, with American and European literature?
Anyway, one does hope they didn't have Futility in there ....
I have a vague idea that anyone, in either 1st or 2nd class could use the library.