The Lives and Deaths of Academic Library Staplers

Documenting the destruction of public staplers at an academic library reference desk.
Stapler 40 is dead. Cause of death: hinge pin failure. Stapler 40 was 84 days old.

Stapler 40 is dead. Cause of death: hinge pin failure. Stapler 40 was 84 days old.

Stapler 41 died on the operating table. It was 59 days old. The hammer won’t release after a successful staple.

Stapler 41 died on the operating table. It was 59 days old. The hammer won’t release after a successful staple.

Stapler 43 survived a nasty jam. It is 51 days old.

Stapler 43 survived a nasty jam. It is 51 days old.

Stapler 36 returns to action after a week in the infirmary. It is 156 days old.

Stapler 36 returns to action after a week in the infirmary. It is 156 days old.

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.