60 years ago in March, 1952, the Policy and Personnel Committee of the London Public Library Board made the following recommendation:
that commissionaries be appointed and installed at a desk in the main lobby [of the Central Library]:
a. to check all outgoing books, films, parcels, pictures. records, etc, to avoid losses and borrowing books without charging them [out]
b. to act as building directors
c. to check on undesirable transients in lobby and library divisions
d. to check bags, parcels, etc.