The library is not sinking, dammit.

July 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm 1 comment

I just heard from a friend that the library at Indiana University is sinking because the architects forgot to plan for the weight of the books. Aarrrrrggghhhhh. No, it isn’t, and no, they didn’t, and no, it’s not true at any other library either. This urban myth has been around since at least the late 1970s. Here’s the Snopes page about it. Such a persistent rumor should qualify as a library shenanigan, I think.

Entry filed under: academic libraries, general, perpetrated by students or patrons.

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  • 1. jessyrandall  |  April 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Just caught a rerun of How I Met Your Mother in which this stupid story rears its head yet again. Season 4, Episode 20, April 13, 2009, Ted tells Robin about an architect who forgot to plan for the weight of the books. Her response is that nobody goes to libraries any more anyway. Great.

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