Reintroduce staples in the library

Anonymous submitted on

Friday 22nd March 2019


For the first three years of my degree I would always use staples for each of my lecture notes in the library, the introduction of paper clips is not as good. 

I believe staplers should be reintroduced, a tiny difference that would make me love and trust SUSU again!

thank you!


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Students' Union replied on

Tuesday 14th May 2019 2:57pm


I'm pleased to say that the Library have now replied to me, and have given the following response: 

Thank you for your feedback .  We have asked for further feedback from students following our introduction of paperclips.  This has all been very positive.  As a reminder we have also activated the stapling facility on all our printers on Level 2.  Single use staplers were unsustainable after the trial as they were constantly being broken and we were having to replace them on a weekly basis .

I hope that provides some clarity around your question, especially since stapling is still available using the printers on Level 2. Unfortunately the other staplers did have to be replaced quite a lot, and therefore are unlikely to make a return. I appreciate that this isn't an ideal outcome, but hopefully the alternatives mentioned above are of use. 

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. For now I am going to mark this You Make Change as completed - thanks again for your submission!

All the best,

Sam Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Friday 3rd May 2019 4:52pm

Hello again! 

Due to the vacation period I'm still awaiting a response from the Library. I have just chased this again and will update you as soon as I know more. 

Best wishes, 

Sam Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Friday 5th Apr 2019 1:51pm

Hello there!

Thanks for getting in touch. Staples (and indeed, staplers) have been something which the Library has had a great deal of trouble with over the past couple of years. From my memory staplers kept being broken, taken and generally misused, hence the shift towards paperclips now. I will, however, go back to the Library to get a bit more of the narrative from their side which I will publish here. 

It is also worth pointing out that the new Samsung printers in the Library do have finishing functionality, and can therefore staple things when they are being printed. Talk to the Library to find out more about that functionality! 

Best wishes,

Sam Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19,


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