I'm going to be stocking a small bookcase with 5 to 10 books, and placing it in a room inside a college. I need a way to prevent the books from being stolen. Options seem surprisingly limited. Any help?
The room will not be staffed, so a beeper/gate system might be more trouble than help: there would be nobody to turn it off it were set off accidentally, and it would disturb nearby staff and students.
I'm thinking of rigging up some Kensington locks and attaching them through the bookcase and onto each book. But that would make the place feel like a prison, and be cumbersome. In case you're curious, this set-up is known as a "chained library
Another option that emerged after extensive Googling would be to break up each book, laminate each page, and put the reassembled book into a large ring-binder type affair, which could be securely fastened to a desk. Again -- clunky. And probably expensive. (For those in the UK - something akin to the catalogues in Argos stores
Beyond those, I'm wondering if there's some sort of secure book-rack that I've not yet found. I'm imagining something where the book spines are secured and hinged at one end, so the book folds down to be read, and can then be closed and folded back up out of the way...?
Hours of Googling has presented me with very little fruit. If anyone else has any suggestions or has better luck on the Search Engines, I would be very grateful.
Budget is most definitely an issue, so anything over UK£100 is not likely to be an option.
I guess I might entertain more creative alternative solutions, but my heart really is set on a physical bookcase and books. I suppose I could purchase e-books and print them or something - but that all gets very messy. Physical books are going to be part of the draw to entice people into the facility (along with wifi, plants, whiteboards, etc). Think of it as a tiny, very focused library.
Librarians -- rescue me with your wisdom. Surely there are more alternatives beside the "chained library" and "laminated ring-bound catalogue"?