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0009244Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Jobs, Activity Zonespublic2015-12-05 19:342017-11-29 21:26
Toady One 
0009244: Scribes rarely, if ever, copy works in the library
Scribes almost never copy works. I would say "never" but someone on reddit said their scribe copied one work after a long long time. Clearly this isn't working as intended. I expect that if the "total number of each to scribe" is set to more than 1 and your library has available reading materials, then the scribe should make as many copies of each work in the library as is requested.
Set up a fully stocked library (tables, chairs, writing materials, bookcases) with books both written by dwarves in your fort and purchased from traders on the shelves.

Assign a dwarf to the Scribe occupation and disable all their labors. Set "Total number of each to scribe" to a high value (like 4) in the location menu.

Wait for months/seasons/years while your scribe doesn't copy any books.
This has been corroborated by others on the forum and reddit.
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related to 0009950resolved Toady One Scribes do not scribe 
related to 0009787resolved Toady One Scribes intermittently stop copying works in the library 
Issue History
2015-12-05 19:34spwndloveNew Issue
2015-12-08 14:12Toady OneNote Added: 0033642
2015-12-08 14:12Toady OneAssigned To => Toady One
2015-12-08 14:12Toady OneStatusnew => needs feedback
2015-12-08 14:57DwarfuNote Added: 0033646
2015-12-08 21:33spwndloveNote Added: 0033662
2015-12-08 21:33spwndloveStatusneeds feedback => assigned
2015-12-08 21:35spwndloveNote Edited: 0033662bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0033662#r13556
2015-12-09 12:40Toady OneNote Added: 0033681
2015-12-09 12:40Toady OneStatusassigned => resolved
2015-12-09 12:40Toady OneFixed in Version => Next Version
2015-12-09 12:40Toady OneResolutionopen => fixed
2017-05-06 09:24lethosorRelationship addedrelated to 0009950
2017-11-29 21:16DwarfuRelationship addedrelated to 0009787

Toady One   
2015-12-08 14:12   
I might have just fixed this, but I'll need a save to check.
2015-12-08 14:57   
Reminder sent to: spwndlove

Do you have a save demonstrating this issue? If so, please compress (.zip) your DF/data/save/region folder, upload it to http://dffd.bay12games.com/, [^] and post a link to it in the bug report.

Toady may have fixed it and needs a save to verify. Thanks.
2015-12-08 21:33   
(edited on: 2015-12-08 21:35)
OK, I uploaded my save. Here's the link: http://dffd.bay12games.com/file.php?id=11427 [^]

Toady One   
2015-12-09 12:40   
Cool -- I saw the scribe copy Position for Everyone and another book, so it seems to be working.