The Lives and Deaths of Academic Library Staplers

Documenting the destruction of public staplers at an academic library reference desk.
Kitty stapler has come home to the reference desk after 3 days on the “missing staplers” list.

Kitty stapler has come home to the reference desk after 3 days on the “missing staplers” list.

ALERT: The cat stapler is missing.

ALERT: The cat stapler is missing.

The Heavy Duty Stapler had a nasty jam; it was repaired with the use of round nosed pliers.

The Heavy Duty Stapler had a nasty jam; it was repaired with the use of round nosed pliers.

The Optima 70 has been repaired. The carriage release was stuck and had to be pried open with a screwdriver. “Jam free guarantee” = FAIL.

The Optima 70 has been repaired. The carriage release was stuck and had to be pried open with a screwdriver. “Jam free guarantee” = FAIL.

Only five days into the semester, the big staplers have been pulled from the reference desk for repair.

Update: All nine new staplers survived the first day of the fall semester without incident.

Update: All nine new staplers survived the first day of the fall semester without incident.

Nine new staplers awaiting deployment.

Nine new staplers awaiting deployment.

This new Commercial Desk Stapler ($26.55 retail) will anchor the fleet of new staplers being deployed on Aug. 25.

This new Commercial Desk Stapler ($26.55 retail) will anchor the fleet of new staplers being deployed on Aug. 25.

This beast will staple through 160 pages. I’m guessing our students will try to staple 161.

This beast will staple through 160 pages. I’m guessing our students will try to staple 161.

This Optima 20 electric stapler has a red light that flashes when there is a jam. Retail price: $105.85.