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    Overzealous British library cleaner rearranges books by size

    Overzealous British library cleaner rearranges books by size
    By Sara DornApril 25, 2020 | 1:05pm | Updated


    A cleaner at a UK library reordered books by size.


    Newmarket Library employees returned the following day to discover the shelves lined with books arranged from largest to smallest — and their alphabetical organizing system upended.

    “It looks like libraries will be closed for a while so we’ll have plenty of time to sort the books out,” Suffolk Libraries spokesman James Powell told the BBC, noting workers found humor in the mishap.

    “The cleaner is lovely and does a great job in the library. It was an honest mistake and just one of those things so we would never want her to feel bad about it,” Powell said.
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    Funny. I organize my books like that, after alphabetical by author and by type.

    Once, while browsing a goodwill, I got obsessed with their books. I spent about an hour organizing them. I couldn't stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillygirl View Post
    Funny. I organize my books like that, after alphabetical by author and by type.

    Once, while browsing a goodwill, I got obsessed with their books. I spent about an hour organizing them. I couldn't stop.
    I understand the Library of Congress shelves its books by size. They did it to save space.
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    Now, this might be some kind of hoax or maybe the reporter got it wrong. The story says the cleaner did this to 18.5 bays of books overnight.

    I worked in the library at college for work/study and if I recall, a bay was an entire 6 shelf unit. To remove all the books to a cart, clean the shelf and then sort by them by size on each shelf seems quite the feat for one shift.

    I wonder if it was 18 shelves? Still a huge amount of work.

    Whatever it is, it's weird.
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