Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Miss Information is annoyed by a library

A different library. Miss Information was having a pretty good relationship with the university library. She had used the catalogue, gone to the shelf, located books and signed them out. Obviously this is not something worthy of the Nobel Prize, but it’s something she never managed to do when she was enrolled the first time. Not even once.

And then she tried to return the books. She was kind of in the neighbourhood on Sunday night. It wasn’t late, so the university library would surely be open, yes? As she approached the building she could see the lights were on. She parked. Walked up the stairs to the main entrance. She tried the door. It was locked. She tried the other door. It was locked. Strange. She could see people inside the building. She walked all the way around the building to yet another door. Locked. She gave up and went home.

Curious, she looked at the university website. In fact, the library is always open—24/7 access. Obviously, there’s a catch--the only door that is open after hours is the street level door. Miss Information had no idea there even was a street level door. All this time she’s been climbing up a flight of stairs, entering through the main doors, taking the escalator down to the street level floor, returning her books, taking the escalator up one flight, exiting through the main doors, and walking down a flight of stairs to the street. She never even noticed there was a street level door. What an idiot.

Why she hasn't gotten into graduate school is less of a mystery now.


At 10:00 PM, Blogger bee said...

Don't feel bad, Miss Information, I've worked in my University Library for almost a year now and there are still many mysterious things I know nothing about. Including doors, where they lead, and who some of my co-workers are. It is the nature of academic libraries, I feel.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Misanthropina said...

I agree with bee: don't feel bad. I had been working in this library for many years when I discovered a whole wing down in the basement that I had never noticed before.

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Misanthropina said...

And doesn't this university have some kind of book return bin on campus somewhere?

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Miss Information said...

Miss Information couldn't find a door. How could she possibly find a book return bin?


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