make a virtue of necessity


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make a virtue of necessity

To do something you have been obliged to do as if it was your choice to do so.
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Increasing pressures on the budgets of all libraries, especially research libraries, together with improved means of communication and delivery, have forced librarians to make a virtue of necessity and pay increasing attention to resource sharing as an important element in the package of services offered to users.