The Lives and Deaths of Academic Library Staplers

Documenting the destruction of public staplers at an academic library reference desk.
Stapler 38 has a loose hinge pin. It is 133 days old, and is still in service at the reference desk.

Stapler 38 has a loose hinge pin. It is 133 days old, and is still in service at the reference desk.

Stapler 38 survived a near death experience. A staple fragment (shown) was clogging its magazine.

Stapler 38 survived a near death experience. A staple fragment (shown) was clogging its magazine.

Stapler 42 is dead. Cause of death: exhaustion. It was 53 days old.

Stapler 42 is dead. Cause of death: exhaustion. It was 53 days old.

Staplers 36 and 38 have been removed from service and are awaiting librarian repair. Stapler 36 is 149 days old. Stapler 38 is 127 days old. The library went 52 days without a stapler incident.

Staplers 36 and 38 have been removed from service and are awaiting librarian repair. Stapler 36 is 149 days old. Stapler 38 is 127 days old. The library went 52 days without a stapler incident.

The library has gone 42 days without a stapler incident.

The library has gone 42 days without a stapler incident.

The library has gone 35 days without a stapler incident.

The library has gone 35 days without a stapler incident.

Stapler 36 was having some issues, but all of the reference desk’s staplers are now in working order. They are getting a much deserved rest during Spring Break week.

Stapler 36 was having some issues, but all of the reference desk’s staplers are now in working order. They are getting a much deserved rest during Spring Break week.

The newest kid on the block: Stapler 43.

The newest kid on the block: Stapler 43.

Roll call - The current reference desk stapler fleet includes: Staplers 24, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, and 43. Staplers 22 and 37 are still missing and are presumed dead.

The newest kid on the block: Stapler 43.

The newest kid on the block: Stapler 43.