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.

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

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'.


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

Development log

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