Instructions for library staff – a trip back in time

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

We recently came across some very strange instructions for staff in our archives.

How about this for starters:


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


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


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


There’s more here, including guidance on dealing with young people. And ‘foreigners’.

3 thoughts on “Instructions for library staff – a trip back in time

  1. These are fantastic!
    Imagine trying to get new staff members to write an essay – handwritten and flawless to prove that your hand is good enough for clerical tasks and not just the shelving of books.
    I approve of the stiletto rule. Comfort above all else, at least during working hours.


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