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New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books

New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books

Staff discover homeless people had been carefully hiding books under shelves at Auckland library so they could return to them without losing their place

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/18/new-zealand-library-auckland-hiding-cracks-case-missing-books

“The mystery was eventually solved when the library called a meeting with the city’s rough sleepers, and it was revealed many of them – who were unable to get library cards because they didn’t have a home address – had been hiding their books so they could come back to them the next day, and not risk losing their place.”

“Rivera said some members of the homeless community did have a card as the library allowed them to use the local City Mission as their residential address, but others were wary about damaging or losing library books if they took them out onto the streets.”

“That community really values the services we offer and treat the books with a great deal of respect,” said Rivera, who added that around 50 rough sleepers frequent the library daily.

Stephen

Posted on: November 30, 2017, 10:41 am Category: Uncategorized