Posts filed under ‘unusual libraries’

Ankara free library

180115201055-ankara-library---02-exlarge-169Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey set aside discarded books and started up a small library for their own use. With donations, it grew, and the library now has a full-time government-paid staff position.

Thanks, Dina Wood!

January 30, 2018 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Game of Thrones library shenanigan

Not so much a shenanigan as an inaccuracy, and also not so much a shenanigan as a hellish montage of bedpans, shit, and gagging…

On the premiere episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, Samwell Tarly is a lowly book-reshelver and bedpan-emptier in the Maesters’  medieval-style library with chains on the shelves. Nice work, GoT, except your chains are completely non-functional, as this article explains.

Of course, if GoT had shown the chains doing their jobs — keeping the books secured to their shelves — then Sam wouldn’t have had any reshelving to do (and we would’ve had to witness even more bedpan-emptying, which, honestly, would’ve killed me). And more important (spoiler alert), he wouldn’t have had any chance of stealing a book out of the Citadel library and thereby, perhaps, saving everybody in the Seven Kingdoms from certain death at the hands of the White Walkers.

This PBS video shows functioning book chains.

Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!

July 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm 1 comment

for mature audiences only


I wish I knew more about this clever shenanigan. It’s clearly a “little free library” kind of library and appears to be located in a forest. Anybody know anything more?

July 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Make America Read Again!

a2f417a0-2f42-0134-0659-062f3a35be5fCleveland librarian John Harris is providing books outside of the Republican National Convention this week.

Thanks, Lynne Thomas!

Addendum from later the same day: here’s an image Janis Winn sent to the ALA Think Tank Facebook page, saying “Prepare to see a lot of this one, my library friends.” Thanks, Dina Wood !


July 19, 2016 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Indonesian upcycled library building


The Taman Bima Microlibrary in Bandung, Indonesia was built using upcycled plastic ice cream containers, possibly LuVe Litee brand, though I’m not sure. Thanks, Terry Kennedy!

July 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Welcome to the Toilet


Sarah Katherine Stengle snapped this photograph and put it on Facebook with the note “The sign on the door of the WC at the Art Museum in Jyväskylä Finland. The bathroom contained a library: loved it.

Thanks, Emily Lloyd!

July 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Love You to Bits library

loveyoutobits-walkthrough-09Love You to Bits is a charming iPad game in which you, a human, visit various alien worlds in search of the far-flung parts of your robot girlfriend. Level 9, The Quantic Library, has rooms that connect and disconnect in unpredictable ways. It also has a pair of creatures who love each other, magic wands, keys that grow out of pots … it’s a wonderful game.

May 18, 2016 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

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