Monday, May 11, 2009

Monty Python Takes Over Oxford University's Health & Safety Office

I'm not even sure where to begin with this one...

According to an article in the May 9th issue of the London Daily Mail, safety officers at Oxford University have banned the use of step-ladders in the Bodleian Library out of safety concerns. This means that nobody can access volumes on the high shelves in the Library's Duke Humfrey Reading Room. Patrons who call up a book from one of the higher locations in the room receive a polite notice saying the book is inaccessible. And, of course, Library officials refuse to disrupt the 400 year-old placement of volumes on the shelves by moving them to lower locations.

For some reason this all strikes me as so incredibly typically British...

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