Saturday, December 11, 2010
Do Librarians Really Do This?!!
I was chatting with a friend of mine this morning via email. We were discussing the book O' Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor.
At one point in the book the lead character, Sweeney St. George, a professor of funerary art, goes to the university library to do some research. Unfortunately the library is going to close shortly. She begs the librarian to allow her to take home a box of original, historical manuscripts. The librarian hesitates but then acquiesces. Being the honorable and trustworthy professor she is, Sweeney promptly returns them the next day.
My friend also pointed out to me that author Robin Lee Hatcher does something similar in her book, A Matter of Character. The main character, a woman, went to a small village and got involved in some genealogical research and then went to the library, found a diary and asked the librarian if she could take it home overnight.
So tell me, my librarians friends, is this simply a ruse of fiction authors or does it really happen sometimes?
I don't think I would ever dare to ask!
Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis at 1:06 PM