Library … on trust

23 Jun

One of the things we are about to try is a library on trust!

Spine label on book

Our Engineering Faculty upgraded it’s student study facilities last year, and moved their branch library out to gain more student space. Library hub for them is close by and it was felt that students wouldn’t need books anymore in a subject where lots of the material has been purchased electronically.

Of course, textbooks are the last evil holdout on this, and the students were soon looking for textbooks close to hand, whilst working in these lovely new 24/7 swipe card access rooms and computer labs.

So the Faculty is trialling using some of their annual allocation to buy items and store them in a swipe card access room in the new area.

No exit gates, no borrowing, no security cameras, no watchful librarians. Library on trust ….

Both the Faculty and the Library are hoping for positive results.

11 Responses to “Library … on trust”

  1. Em June 23, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Ooooh that’s brave – will be VERY interested to see how this all works out.

  2. Ruth Baxter June 23, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    We all are!

  3. PinkFairaeDust June 23, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Ohhhhhhhh love it! I always expect the best in people and hopefully this will prove that if you show people you respect and trust them, they will in return be trustworthy 😀

    • Ruth Baxter June 23, 2010 at 6:24 am #

      Eng students have been pretty good in the past so here’s hoping!

  4. Penny June 23, 2010 at 1:59 am #


  5. Sue June 23, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    Hmm … My library is sort of already “on trust”. I am not here all the time and the staff have swipe card access. I have an “honour” loans sheet where I hope that people will write down the details when they take a book. Given that mostly these are postgraduates and poeple who have been working a while I still spend ages sending out “all staff” emails with missing book messages and rarely track down the missing item. At least it looks like there are a limited number of books so it should be easy to stocktake from time to time. I am interested in how you marketed this. Did you set guidelines?

    • Ruth Baxter June 23, 2010 at 6:23 am #

      It’s going to be run by the Faculty so we haven’t done any guidelines or signage. May do that later.

  6. MissSophieMac June 23, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    We find students are good self regulators. One disruptor will not be tolerated. I hope you have the same experience!

  7. apubliclibrarian June 23, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    amazing..please update your blog after it has been operational for a few months to see if it is working as well as a library without trust. In reality it only has to be equal to or even not as good as a library without trust to be successful if you’re not paying staff.

  8. CW June 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Wonderful! Would love to hear how this goes.


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