Books in Chains

Chained LibraryBefore books were mass produced and easier – and more costly – to replace when stolen, librarians had to resort to emphatic security measures to keep their stock from wandering off, never to return.

Netherlands-based medievalist Erik Kwakkel took these photos in one of her country’s libraries, and his efforts were picked up by The Paris Review.

You can find more information about chained libraries (and links to primary sources) at Wikipedia.

Contributed by alert librarian, bibliophile, and Atlanta Booklover’s blog follower Anne Vagts


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