Book: Improbable Libraries



Improbable Libraries
Alex Johnson

A global showcase of innovative libraries in unexpected forms and out-of-the-way places.

Boats, camels, phone boxes, rail stations, hotels, pre-fabs, pop-ups, pubs, people’s palaces and your own back garden – welcome to the libraries of the future! 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, each chapter 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 café or in the wilds, you can still find just the right book – all for free.

'This wonderful little book proves that publishing real books is far from over'

Book Details
Format: PLC (no jacket)
Size: 18.0 x 18.0 cm
Extent: 240 pp
Illustrations: 212
Publication date: 6 April 2015
ISBN: 9780500517772

Contents List
1. On the Move • 2. Animal Libraries • 3. Tiny Libraries • 4. Big Libraries • 5. Home Libraries • 6. Mobile Libraries • 7. Not Libraries

About the Author
Alex Johnson is a regular contributor to the Independent and Enterprise Nation, and the founding editor/publisher of two internationally popular blogs, Shedworking and Bookshelf.

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