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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chained_

“A chained library is a library where the books are attached to their bookcase by a chain, which is sufficiently long to allow the books to be taken from their shelves and read, but not removed from the library itself.”

@aldersprig Now I'm imagining people/beings who know a lot of information being chained as a library.

@skysailor ( @InspectorCaracal )

I share this exchange:

“Excuse me? Excuse me, I’m looking for an expert?”
“What sort of expert, son? We’ve got all sorts here.”
“What kinds of experts?”
“Well, let’s see. June over there’s an expert in law, especially Middle Eastern law. She’s the one weeding the potato patch. And Karl, he’s an expert in Hotel Management and Food Science; he’s at the really big pot....”

@aldersprig or, in the case of Unseen University, the chains are short enough to keep the books from attacking library patrons.

@DialMforMara also a consideration! I was thinking it kept them from escaping...

@aldersprig why would they want to escape? The library is warm and dry, and sometimes an undergrad gets close enough to become lunch

@DialMforMara @aldersprig Perhaps, but closed on the shelf is somewhat less likely to be read than open on a table.

@qwertystop @aldersprig then it's a good thing the students dare each other to touch the dangerous books

@aldersprig There was an Arthur episode with this premise that used to give me nightmares as a kid.

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