Improbable Libraries

Improbable Libraries

Details

Author(s)
Alex Johnson
Format
Hardback | 240 pages
Dimensions
180 x 180 x 26mm | 780g
Publication date
22 May 2015
Publisher
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
6 Illustrations, black and white; 206 Illustrations, color
ISBN10
0500517770
ISBN13
9780500517772
Bestsellers rank
211,437

Description

From the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement (motto: `Take a book, return a book') to the growth in luxury hotel libraries, Alex Johnson - whose parents were both librarians - maps out the history and future of the 21st-century library revolution in seven thematic chapters, each consisting of a brief essay followed by illustrated project profiles. Whether by bike in Chicago or by donkey in Colombia, librarians all over the world are coming up with astonishingly ingenious ways of ensuring their books reach the people who need them. Many of these new libraries function as community centres, and assist their members in overcoming economic, social and political barriers. Others provide an unexpected dose of culture for travellers and commuters - or even prisoners. Elsewhere, architects are designing monumental public libraries without walls, and prefabricated home libraries that can be assembled in an ordinary back garden. Whether you're at an airport, a park, a cafe or in the wilds, you can still find just the right book - all for free.


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