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Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Flipside

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Main Library Book Buyers Having Clandestine Meetings with Blackwell’s Bosses

Those responsible for purchasing books stocked in Edinburgh University library have been found to be receiving kickbacks from bosses at Blackwell’s Bookshop on Nicholson Street, Flipside can report.

Suspicions were raised after expensive copies of all fourth year English Literature set texts were made available in large piles at the store on Nicholson Street, while in the Main Library a single copy of the recommended edition was stocked alongside just two hundred-year-old copies of the same book.

The money making scheme was uncovered in leaked emails from Fiona Leafalot, head of acquisitions at the Main Library. At a request for comment, Leafalot looked uncomfortable and tugged her sleeve down to hide a gold spangled watch, before disappearing behind a shelf at the back of the library Help Desk.

When asked about the continued scarcity of set texts in the library, a University spokesperson released the following statement:

“The University of Edinburgh maintains a longstanding special relationship with Blackwell’s, our official book stockist. We have been made aware of a situation involving a member of staff at the Main Library, however we cannot comment on specific cases.

“Furthermore, like many features of a well-rounded university experience, the tradition of racing fellow classmates to the only copy of a set text in the library is valuable practise for real world challenges. We are reluctant to take any action that may impact negatively on this time-honoured, character building pursuit”.

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