Sunday, November 11, 2007

Stacks Oddity

So while I was shelving today, I found a wireless router wedged in with the books. It was shelved in the GV's, which is how most of us use the internet, but I don't think it was supposed to be there.

Have you found anything interesting in your stacks?


Anonymous Woeful said...


We've found chicken bones... And my personal favorite, a used condom.

11:43 PM, November 11, 2007  
Blogger JB said...

One of our student workers found a very long knife.

1:02 AM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Woeful, was it actually shelved or just lying on the floor? I hope it was the latter. I'm sure one has been used as a bookmark by someone, somewhere, hopefully not attending University Z.

jb, YIKES!

5:47 AM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Librarian Girl said...

There's a story in my library system that has gone down as legend- the book that used a strip of bacon as a bookmark.

12:41 PM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Gardenbuzzy said...

I found an empty shot-glass on the shelf next to the Journal of Pediatrics. (I work in a hospital library.) Our doctors have after-hours access, so WHO knows what they were up to!

2:01 PM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Beth said...

my coworkers once found a "pressed" frog inside a book... a real frog

As for stuff on the shelves, don't recall anything at the moment.

7:33 PM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Happy Villain said...

We've had a variety of food, an unused condom, and of course, human feces. We find feces everywhere and had a librarian who wore his "Who Flung Poo?" T-shirt every casual Friday. I've had hearty laughs when I found The Joy of Sex shelved in 398.2, and then George W. Bush: Portrait of a Leader among the Stephen King novels. Those were my favorites.

11:54 PM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

It wasn't quiet shelved, but just the other night a pair of students left a laptop in the first set of shelves they searched (900s, somewhere).

3:00 PM, November 13, 2007  
Blogger practical katie said...

two cold, unopened beers
a pair of boxer shorts
an empty jim beam bottle

And we're not even a party school!

3:30 PM, November 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of our librarians found a used condem, a needle, and a couple making out...all within the course of shelving one cart. She is now afraid to shelve.

4:58 PM, November 18, 2007  
Blogger Julie said...

In my last job, someone once installed an extra wireless hub to try to increase the strength of wireless in the library (it didn't reach well into the study carrels). It was a security issue because it was not protected by our firewall. None of our students were technologically-adept enough to have managed that - it turned out to be a guy from neighboring Harvard - but it's possible that your router may have been a similar attempt.

9:43 AM, November 20, 2007  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...


I was actually able to get the story on the router. It had been left by accident by the IT guys while they were replacing old routers. Our in-house IT guy was horrified by my find b/c if anyone with some tech savy had found it, they could have set it up and hacked anyone who was using it. It would have appeared to be just part of the UZ wireless network. I believe someone may have gotten in trouble.

Thanks everyone for sharing your shelving stories. They've been great.

2:50 AM, November 22, 2007  

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