Improbable libraries / Alex Johnson
- Johnson, Alex, 1969-
- London : Thames & Hudson, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- 240 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Libraries on the Move -- 2.Animal Libraries -- 3.Tiny Libraries -- 4.Big Libraries -- 5.Home Libraries -- 6.Mobile Libraries -- 7.Not Libraries.
- 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.
- "With 212 illustrations, 206 in colour"--T.p.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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