Recently, I’ve been checking out more books from my local library. In honor of my transition from used books to temporarily free ones, I’ve been researching some of the most unusual yet inspirational libraries from around the world. Here are my top favorites:
The graveyard library
The open library in the Jewish cemetery Krems was a project developed to remember those that were lost during the Holocaust. Although this cemetery was desecrated, it has been restored and contains this project by artists Michael Clegg and Martin Guttman. It consists of three gravestone shaped bookshelves containing books about Jewish history and the philosophy of death.
Books delivered by donkeys
This project was the brainchild of elementary teacher Luis Soriano. His Biblioburros named Alfa and Beto have brought books and hope to children in worn-torn rural Columbia for years.
The largest occupied sculpture in the world is a library!
Talk about impressive art! The administration of this public library in Nice, France is housed inside this giant sculpture of a blockhead. Artist Sacha Sosno who sadly passed away in 2013 designed this structure as the world’s largest occupied structure. I love this one as it combines two of my passions, books and art!
A library cataloged by emotions
Containing 3,500 books, the Levinski Garden Library in Tel Aviv is a completely outdoor library with an unusual method of categorizing books. Rather than by genre, the books are in order by the emotions they elicit in their readers. Each time a book is read, that person will mark the emotion they felt using colored tape. Books often move from one category to another as two readers might experience different emotions from the same book. As a therapist, I found this particular library to be so fascinating.
Little free library
Another great community building project is the Little Free Library which was designed with the idea to give children access to more books. The idea is to “take a book and leave a book” most commonly done through small wooden boxes like the picture above. It’s a great feeling knowing real people in different communities are sharing some of their favorite books with each other. This has been a tremendously successful project in areas where access to books are limited.
This is just a snapshot of some of the great library projects out there. It’s really good to know that beautiful projects like these exist in the world. I hope this post brightens someone’s day and inspires. Never stop reading.
Have you come across some inspirational library projects? Perhaps just a book-related story of inspiration. Please comment below!