The Boston Globe reports today on what seems to be a minor hubbub in Harvard's Dunster Hall. The more than 10,000 books in the house library are currently inaccessible to students, brass bars having been temporarily been installed across the shelves. Hall and university officials say this is a measure taken so that the books can be inventoried, after some valuable editions were stolen from the shelves.
It sounds like steps are being taken to quickly allow students access to the books they use regularly, so I'm sure this will blow over fairly soon. In the meantime, this seems a perfectly reasonable action in light of the thefts. Hopefully the rare editions can be moved to a safer location and the other books made available once more.