the mystery of the wire loop – can you help?

Help a librarian solve a mystery. Why do these London-published books have a wire loop embedded in their binding? [dust]

One Response to “the mystery of the wire loop – can you help?”

  1. Poliana Says:

    I’m a term and a half away from graduating with my MS-LIS. In my “History of the Book” class, we learned that many books in non-lending libraries were attached to the shelves with chains long enough to reach a small reading table. This idea is mentioned in the article, so I thought I’d corroborate.