sergendry

…or as we call it today, DRM. ~ eP

sergendry:

The Last of the Great Chained Libraries by Jenny Weston

During the later middle ages, more and more people were interested in reading, and chained libraries provided an excellent resource for those who could not afford to purchase books themselves. The system of locking the books to the room, thus allowed the public free access to read, while at the same time safe-guarding the library’s valuable collection from potential thieves