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Saturday 19 April 2014

Fact is stranger than fiction as librarian has a pop at Armstrong

A PRANK note in an Australian library declaring that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's books would be moved to the fiction section has gone viral on the internet, with one commentator declaring: "Hell hath no fury like a librarian".

"All Non-Fiction Lance Armstrong Books, including Lance Armstrong -- Images Of A Champion, The Lance Armstrong Performance Program and Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion, will soon be moved to the fiction section," read the sign posted at Sydney's Manly Library.



Cheating

A photograph of the sign posted on the internet quickly sparked heated debate over whether Armstrong's fight against cancer and motivation of people outweighed his drug cheating in a sport notorious for doping.

"As a cyclist the guy's work was inspiring, his foundation does amazing work and his story was great," said one internet commentator.

Manly Library said the printed notice, which was placed in a plastic stand on a bookshelf in the library, was a prank and that an internal review was underway.

"Libraries can't arbitrarily reclassify categories of books, because that depends on the ISBN number that is issued by the National Library," a spokesman at Manly Council, which runs the library, said today.

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