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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prevent an exercise in re-re-re-re-shelving books


Oh no, you're going to be busy re-shelving all over again! Perhaps it's time for a temporary piece of string or wire on each shelf to try and keep the books sorted and on the shelves during earthquakes? People would accept the inconvenience if they knew it meant the library could reopen more quickly the next time around.


Library Answer

Thank you for your email Mark. The Library is looking into a variety of options to help keep books on shelves. The new shelving ordered for the Central Library includes a cantilevered shelf as the bottom shelf and this shelf did retain the collections shelved there in the February quake, I havenít been able to check the shelving in Central Library yet after this latest earthquake. The resources still need to be able to be easily accessed. The books being on the shelves or not is not the only reason why the libraries havenít been able to open it is because the University is taking great care to ensure that its buildings meet all of the required building regulations.

Library staff have been working in the Macmillan Brown Library today to tidy up a minimal number of books that landed on the floor with the latest big earthquake.

Heather Jenks
Associate University Librarian


Yes I agree. Perhaps a piece of bungy cord across each book shelf. Therefore everytime we have an earthquake perhaps it will flex!

Posted by Alicia at Wednesday, June 15, 2011 09:32:08

Yeah i know that Fendalton New World have done that with their wine bottles, so it definitely works

Posted by bcv15 at Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:12:40

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