Koran and Bible Moved To the Top Shelves in U.K.

In this instance, Dewey's system is not part of the equation. It seems that officials at UK libraries have recommended keeping all holy books, including the Bible and the Koran on the top shelves in the interests of equality.

Leicester's librarians consulted the Federation of Muslim Organisations and were advised that all religious texts should be kept on the top shelf to ensure equality.

But there are critics of the new requirements; Robert Whelan of the Civitas think-tank told The Daily Mail: "Libraries and museums are not places of worship. They should not be run in accordance with particular religious beliefs.

Christian.org UK argues that Christians do not apply such beliefs to the Bible, which they say should be easily accessible for everyone.

More from Telegraph UK and opinion (unorthodox to say the least) from Damian Thompson of the Telegraph.


I'm waiting for Pat Condell to latch onto this in his YouTube video series.

Remember, kids: arguing over their placement is just as dumb as arguing over their content.

Why not charge for preferred shelf placement, like Google does with its search results? Libraries would get some sorely-needed funds, and squeaky wheels would have to put their money where their noise is.

the story says that the Koran needs to be above all commonplace things.. our library has some stuffed birds hanging from the ceiling, including a seagull or some kind of wild soaring chicken... no book in our library, even on the top shelf, would be higher than that chicken. Do we now have to take it down?

and what if you have a multi-story library? do all the religious books go up to the top floor?

Good one....

But now I wonder if we will also include "The Holy Book of Thelema" by A. Crowley?


Unfortunately, the story is wrong...

288, 289, 300?

Those would be appropriate areas you could put the Koran in DDC within a library's collection. If logical order is maintained somehow, I could go along with that. I would be okay with taking part of the DDC range +/- a few books each way and relocating such as long as directional markers were left.
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How big do people thing libraries shelves are? Especially if you put the books about a religion together on one shelf to show fairness as well!

I'd favour putting all the religious books in the fiction section and not have the issue. Then they could be filed under author.

In a country noted for bending over to silly demands by minorities, such as throwing out of the country the Dutch politician Geert Wilders for being anti-Islamist, but allowing radical Islamic imans free entry into the country, who are anti-British.

Having nutters demand how the books in the library will be arranged is stupid. Do they really want the books on witchcraft, Satanism and other religions put on a level with their own?

Two dimensional people should not play with three dimensional library book stacks.

Library directors should find their spine, and on ocassion, when needed, just say "No" to dumb demands.