….or not. The new Health and Safety Officer at Oxford has issued a decree that stepladders may no longer be used in the Bodlean Library:
Stepladders have been banned from part of Oxford University’s historic Bodleian library – because of health and safety fears.
The ruling by officials means that students cannot use items on the higher shelves of the Duke Humfrey reading room.
Stepladders have been used by scholars to reach books since the library was built more than 400 years ago.
But no more, apparently. So there are now parts of the collection that are rendered unusable. Are modern librarians particularly clumsy? Beyond ridiculous. Let’s hope someone develops some common sense, and fast.