The prank notice in Sydney's Manly Library. Photo Facebook
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 on Saturday.
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 rife with doping.
"As a cyclist the guy's work was inspiring, his foundation do
amazing work and his story was great. ... You feel
embarrassed for recommending his book to people, you stare at
the books on the shelf questioning if the lessons and the
inspiration is honest and real," said one 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 under way.
"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 on Monday.