Putting the Books Behind Bars

Apparently the books at Harvard's Dunster House are so irreplaceable that officials there decided to put them behind bars, literally, to prevent them from being handled by the students who live there. Two brass bars stretching across nearly every shelf, making the books impossible to peruse. The unannounced change - in effect making the library into a kind of museum of hardbacks - astonished those who revere the musty collection and have become accustomed to indulging in its broad span of history, fiction, and other genres. Students complained that the collection now seems just for looks, akin to a Potemkin village, and that there could have been other ways to protect the books while allowing students access. Read the article at: http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2009/09/30/bars_on_books_jar_harvard_students/


But I don't think this was an unreasonable solution. These are not titles that the students will have any trouble getting alternate access to, and their primary value right now is as resale items. They've already allowed too many items to walk out, which is a standard problem with rare books in universities these days. And frankly, I don't think anyone was actually reading them.

All they really needed to do was put up a sign to explain it.
Does come down to if people can't look after nice things they don't deserve them!

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