You are the new assistant librarian at the Library at the University of Esoteric and Occult Accademia. Your task is to in a “helpful” and “friendly” manner keep customers from taking out the books by referring to the (possibly cursed) Book of Library Rules.

"The entirety of the game is remembering a dozen rules and applying them, I didn't enjoy this at all."

This visual narrative / kafkaesque game is around 20 minutes long, features 7 quirky  library patrons and will definitely ruin your afternoon. Don't make a cup of tea and don't cuddle up with your cat!

And please do not try to check out the Forbidden books.


Head Librarian


The game features some crispy bugs and inconsistencies for added flavour! Patch for missing rules (increased difficulty) is on the way. 

Made by: Christina Lassheikki  (code, design(?), art, writing, sound)
@classheikki - Twitter  - ArtStation - Website

Made using: Ren'Py

For Games Now! Online Jam 1, 23 - 29.3. 2020.

Design constraint: Minimal instructions

How this abides with the design constraint: Poorly

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, HTML5
Release date Mar 29, 2020
Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
Made withRen'Py
TagsComedy, Hand-drawn, Magic, Magical Realism, Narrative, Ren'Py, Short, Story Rich, weird
Average sessionAbout a half-hour


GrumpyLibrarian-1.1-mac.zip 59 MB
GrumpyLibrarian-1.1-pc.zip 74 MB

Install instructions

Play online: Press Play to start playing. If the game fails to launch within a few minutes, please try reloading the page or using another browser (Google Chrome works best).

Downloadable: Please note that these builds have not been properly tested. Unzip the package, and launch the game to play. For first run on a mac, please open through CTRL+click and choose 'Open'.

Development log


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Fun lil game, but also bit frustraiting. Also noticed that sometimes day disappears from upper left. Also pretty sure one time same person loan book named brownbears and came to loan it on same day again, and game did not alloed me to click rule of one copy.


Thank you for filing these bugs  🐛 *jotting down notes*
(... don't let anyone know, but a few of the rules aren't enforced at all and a few of the checks aren't fully working)

Lovely librarian adventure!

the eding caught me really off guard!! i really enjoyed this


that was so silly but I enjoyed it! Apparently I really like rules....


 The Library Authority™️ is pleased to hear you enjoyed it!