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    Default What is an examination table in the library?

    Dear all,

    When I was reading "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown, I encountered a phrase "an examination table in the library". Until then, when I thought of an examination table", it was always something you see at a doctor's office. Does it sometimes mean a kind of desk in the library?

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    Default Re: What is an examination table in the library?

    A big table where you take books so you can sit and examine them.

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    Default Re: What is an examination table in the library?

    I suppose you could call it an examination table, but I would call it simply a table. (Context should make clear what is intended.)


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    Default Re: What is an examination table in the library?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    When I was reading "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown, I encountered a phrase "an examination table in the library". Until then, when I thought of an examination table", it was always something you see at a doctor's office. Does it sometimes mean a kind of desk in the library?

    Thank you!

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    It's a special table for examination of precious documents. It has a lamp and sometimes a built-in magnifying glass on a stand.

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    Default Re: What is an examination table in the library?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a special table for examination of precious documents. It has a lamp and sometimes a built-in magnifying glass on a stand.
    Now it makes perfect sense. Thanks, Ray!


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    Default Re: What is an examination table in the library?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a special table for examination of precious documents. It has a lamp and sometimes a built-in magnifying glass on a stand.
    Right, the assumption being that some documents are so valuable they can only be examined by certain people, and they must remain in one place.

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    Default Re: What is an examination table in the library?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Right, the assumption being that some documents are so valuable they can only be examined by certain people, and they must remain in one place.
    And often the document (and viewer) must be strictly supervised by a librarian who turns the pages with a gloved hand should this delicate process become necessary.

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