Check out people at London’s human library to listen to their stories

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 1 April 2014

The Human Library was founded to ‘reduce prejudices and encourage understanding’. It works like any other library – you check out a person and then he or she will be able to tell you stories of their life. The Human Library currently in London has a number of ‘books/people’ up for loan where they describe their difficult experiences in life, from drug abuse to living on the street. Each person can be ‘borrowed’ for half an hour.

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This man brings books to rural communities on his donkey via Biblioburro

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 March 2014

Here’s a teacher on a mission! For more than ten years, Luis Soriano Bohorquez has been delivering books to children in rural parts of Colombia, all on the back of a donkey. He stores all the books in his own home – 3,480 in total – and carries 120 books at a time aboard his […]

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This library in Mexico doubles up as a playground

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 11 November 2013

What kind of trickery is this? Niños Conarte from branding agency Anagrama created a vibrant playground out of a library Monterrey’s Fundidora Park with more space to play than you’ll find in most libraries, and we don’t mean hide and seek. The bright geometric bookshelves — which resemble mountainscapes in a nod to the topography […]

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Monterrey library is a reading space, playroom and climbing experience

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 31 October 2013

Take a look at this library in Monterrey, Mexico. Designed by the team at Anagrama, the Children’s Library and Culture Center lies inside a warehouse-like building and boasts an incredibly modern design that sees neon rafters and shelves offset by angular shaped shelving and flooring.

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Secret works of art on the edges of book pages

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 20 September 2013

In the world of art, anything and everything can be your canvas. Recently, the University of Iowa discovered a four-volume set of books from 1837. These books contain ‘fore-edge paintings’ – works of art that can only be revealed when you fan the pages part-way open.

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Look what just washed up on the beach: a pop-up library

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 18 September 2013

A mobile library has popped up in the southern French town of Istres on the beach of Romaniquette. Dubbed Bibliotheque de Plage, it’s the creation of industrial designer Matali Crasset, who worked with the Istres municipal library to encourage book reading and borrowing. Nothing beats basking in the sun by the beach with a book […]

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People sleeping in libraries

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 16 August 2013

Man, we need a nap. Flickr user George Oates compiled this rocking photo gallery of people snoozing away in libraries. Forget beds, we’ll take awkward neck cranes and hard desktops over our beds any day if it means sleep as sweet as what we’re seeing from these pictures.

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The Little Free Library in New York

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in New Trends on Friday 21 June 2013

Presented by Sterotank, and in collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and The Pen World Voices Festival, The Little Free Library is a temporary installation that allows passerbyers to read books as often as they please. The weatherproof library stands freely in the street while surrounding tables and chairs are avaliable for you to sit down and, well, read.

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Tree Library

David Lowe Reader Find

By David Lowe in New Trends on Tuesday 30 April 2013

This is something you don’t see everyday. Walking down the street, you suddenly realize you didn’t bring your book to read. No problem. Pick one up at the tree library. I wonder how smart the squirrels are in that tree?!

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Take a blood bath in Koh Samui. Well, not really, but kind of

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Blame us for watching too many samurai films, but the idea of taking a dip in a scarlet-red swimming pool makes us excited. At The Library, a beach-facing boutique hotel in Koh Samui owned by Kasemtham Sornsong and designed by Tirawan Songsawat, you actually can. And it’s not like you’re going to find yourself in […]

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Book Mountain: Now this is what we call a library!

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Friday 26 October 2012

If you thought you’re local library was a pretty cool place, we bet you it’s not as cool as this. That is, of course, unless you live in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands, and this is your local library. The huge library dubbed Book Mountain is part of a project that covers an impressive 9,300 square meters. […]

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The Library of Unborrowed Books: An Art Installation

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Friday 19 October 2012

Imagine a library full of books that have never been read, have never been cared about, and have never been borrowed. Stockholm-based artist Meriç Algün Ringborg has created just that; opening the Library of Unborrowed Books for three weeks. The 600 books were collected from Stockholms Stadbiblioteket (Library) and displayed to try and question why […]

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Interiors of Beautiful Libraries

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 2 August 2012

German photographer Christoph Steelbach’s new series, Bibliotheken, explores the elaborate interiors of beautiful libraries around Europe. The architectural style of the featured libraries ranges from Victorian to Modern, and each interior is a great example of design from different eras. It might be a little too distracting trying to read a book in such a beautiful space.

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The National Library of Ireland photos are now online

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By Philip Dunne in Cool Websites on Saturday 5 May 2012

I’m obsessed with looking through old photographs. I wonder about the stories behind them, the people in them, the social situations, and the differences compared to now. The National Library of Ireland has incredible pictures of Ireland over the last thousand years. They are just fun, romantic and beautiful to look at.

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Sneak peek at the 2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour

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By Eli in New Art on Tuesday 8 November 2011

The Sketchbook Project collects thousands of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe and exhibits them in cities all over the world. The crew just posted a sneak peek at some of the finished sketchbooks that have just arrived at Project HQ in Brooklyn.

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