The gaps in the Dewey Decimal Classification System can be a source of information, for absence creates negative shapes and defines as much as presence. By looking at what is not there we can deduce what is missing. Have you wondered why Section 217 is missing from the Dewey Decimal Classification System? Of course you have. Admit it. It is one of those watercooler questions that we cannot seem to get away from. Section 216, good and evil, is left just hanging there, with the obvious follow-up section completely, mysteriously AWOL.
Where did it go? Why is it missing? This question has plagued people for years.
Now we know.
Rex Libris himself provided the shocking reason in his autobiography I, Librarian: Section 217 is for the spell books of unspeakable power used in the struggle between good and evil. Most libraries simply don't have the resources to handle the fallout of stacking the most powerful of these tomes. It is left to elite library facilities like Middleton to shelve them.
Yet Section 217 is just the tip of the iceberg. Something sinister is revealed when the omissions of the Dewey Decimal System are examined in depth. There are too many coincidences, too many strangely omitted numbers, in too many strategic, suspicious locations. Section 219, for example, should fall right after Section 218, which covers humankind. Yet there is no Section 219!
It would be in use if there was nothing to hide. Yet it isn't.
There is only one possible, logical explanation: Section 219 covers an alien species which the world is not yet ready to know about, undoubtably because of the terrible threat it poses!
It goes on.
The list of missing Dewey sections goes on and on. Especially worrisome to the public is the entire section that is missing in geography, for Sections 920 to 928 are not to be found on the shelves.
They are skipped over, in their entirety, for what can only be very dark, madness inducing reasons. Somewhere on this earth are locations too terrible to know about. Do these they cover the Mountains of Madness? The dread city of Selene? The sunken, cyclopean cities of the Cthonians that are said to litter Antarctica with their malevolent remains? Or perhaps the very gateway to Hell? Only librarians know for sure, and so far they have not revealed this information to the public. Knowing that the very purpose of the librarian is to freely distribute information, the reason for these omissions must be compelling.
There is only one place you will discover the answer to even a few of these questions in a properly managed environment and manner that will ensure your own physical and spiritual safety: in the comic book Rex Libris, Public Librarian. Rex supervises the amount of secret information contained in every issue.
Which section deals with the history of alien invasions of planet earth? Which holds the skinny on the supernatural beasts and soul devourers who have been infiltrating the ranks of bureaucracy for so long they have evolved into their own specialized subspecies? Want to know the difference between a Taxghoul and a Parkingnomic Poltergeist? You'll need to know where to look in the library. All these books are at Middleton, either on the surface or hidden deep beneath the earth.