Top 6 Unusual Libraries
Going to the library is kind of a forgotten habit these days. People believe that buying a book is better than borrowing it, when actually the whole going to the library is a ritual. Yes, if you pay for the book you will have it for yourself, but the tradition of going and borrowing a book for a while is kind of romantic and beautiful. Some enthusiasts around the world think that having a library is a lovely and important thing, no matter where it is located or how it looks. The following examples are a real proof that library can improve any place.
#1. Beach library
Nothing weird, considering the fact that people love carrying their books at the beach. But imagine the surprise of the tourists who went on the beach, looking for the best spot under the sun, when they saw a huge beach library just a few meters from the sea. Herman Kompernas built a library on the sandy beach of the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Albena and stocked it with over 2,500 books in 10 different languages. Guests are invited to borrow the books (for free) and leave their own for others to read. So besides the lovely Albena beaches you can sit down and relax with an interesting book.
#2. Public bus library
Brazilian bus collector Antonio da Conceição Ferreira, showed the world how a little cooperation and generosity can make a big difference in people’s lives. Eleven years ago he created Culture on the Bus, transforming the bus he rides in a small library. Antonio’s bus library offers about 15 titles on a shelf inside the bus and lends those books to passengers of the line. This way people can have a pastime during their ride, but Antonio says that the mobile library is a way to offer culture to people. When he started, Antonio would have written down the names of the passengers who took them out. Today, he doesn’t care if people return the books – the idea is that the books are passed from person to person. Moreover, Antonio dreams of expanding the project to all the bus lines of the Federal District.
#3. Mule library
Yes, books on a mule is called a mule library. In 2009 in the mountains of Trujillo state, Venezuela, the University Valle del Momboy started an unusual service which is known as biblio-mules. These mobile libraries on mules’ backs deliver books to the peasant children, allowing them a chance to get some interesting reads without going to the nearest towns to do so.
#4. Book-shaped library
This is the only “conventional” library on this list, but it has a really unusual façade. This innovative design was pioneered to inspire the people of Kansas City to read more but to revitalize the downtown community as well. The most striking feature is “The Community Bookshelf” which is made up of 22 classic titles picked by the locals, which acts as the library’s parking lot. It’s definitely the only time you will ever park inside a giant copy of Romeo and Juliet. Amazing.
#5. War tank library
For sure this tank ended up having a good purpose after it was used for terrible causes. “Arma De Instruccion Masiva”, or “Weapon of Mass Instruction,” may sound like militant titles, but it’s actually a peaceful mobile library. This was an idea of the activist-artist Raul Lemesoff. The artwork/war vehicle is now a library with around 900 books on the car’s “shelves”. Lemesoff provides free reading materials to anyone inclined to pluck one from the collection. As he tours through Argentina’s urban centers and rural places, the artist views his work as a mission “to contribute to peace through literature.” The vehicle consists of a tank-inspired frame over a 1979 Ford Falcon — a vehicle which was popular with the armed forces of the military dictatorship at the time. Some people have brilliant ideas.
#6. Mailbox library
Running a library isn’t so difficult, especially if you have an empty mailbox and a bunch of books to set up a Little Free Library of your own in your front yard. This way you can save for rent cost, taxes, actually running a real company and everything in between. There are 300 or 400 Little Free Libraries in operation across 24 states and eight countries according to co-founder Rick Brooks. If you want to find one, their website maintains a map of library locations. Want to start your own? They also have instructions on how to order or build the perfect tiny book hutch. If you liked this idea, the only thing you have to do is, purchase it, fill it with books and there it is – your very own mailbox library.