Instructions for library staff – a trip back in time

Tales of One City

All workplaces have their rules and procedures for staff, and libraries are no different.

We recently came across a volume of old staff instructions, and some of them are so odd that we had to share them with you.

How about this for starters:

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Our procedures for new members of staff have changed over the years as well:

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And woe betide you if your essay was written in a slovenly hand:

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That would be me shelving books then…  though I’d have to treat the dusty ones properly and not be ‘foolish’:

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Look out for more historic staff instructions soon, including guidance on dealing with young people. And ‘foreigners’.

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