Improbable Libraries. Alex Johnson.

Improbable Libraries.

University of Chicago Press, 04/01/2015. A VISUAL JOURNEY TO THE WORLD'S MOST UNUSUAL LIBRARIES. Item #25713
ISBN: 9780226263694

From the Publisher:


How do you use your local library? Does it arrive at your door on the back of
an elephant? Can it float down the river to you? Or does it occupy a phone booth
by the side of the road?


Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books
in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world.
Undaunted, librarians around the globe are thinking up astonishing ways of
reaching those in reading need, whether by bike in Chicago, boat in Laos, or
donkey in Colombia. Improbable Libraries showcases a wide range of
unforgettable, never-before-seen images and interviews with librarians who are
overcoming geographic, economic, and political difficulties to bring the written
word to an eager audience. Alex Johnson charts the changing face of library
architecture, as temporary pop-ups rub shoulders with monumental
brick-and-mortar structures, and many libraries expand their mission to function
as true community centers. To take just one example: the open-air Garden Library
in Tel Aviv, located in a park near the city’s main bus station, supports asylum
seekers and migrant workers with a stock of 3,500 volumes in sixteen different
languages.


Beautifully illustrated with two hundred and fifty color photographs,
Improbable Libraries offers a breathtaking tour of the places that bring us
together and provide education, entertainment, culture, and so much more. From
the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement to the growth in luxury
hotel libraries, the communal book revolution means you’ll never be far from the
perfect next read.


From Builders Booksource:


Inspired, beautiful, "cute", silly...the designs of these "libraries" tickle
our builder's bones! You will love this little book.


240 pages, 250 color plates. University of Chicago Press.  April 2015

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Price: $27.50

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