Improbable Libraries highlights unusual libraries you didn’t know existed

While most discussion around libraries today are probably focused on financial troubles, writer Alex Johnson wants to show us the fun and entertaining side of the library we may never have seen before. In his book, Improbable Libraries, Johnson takes us across the world to showcase unusual or visually striking libraries.

The book features such libraries as those carried on camel-back, dangling from trees, or built for one. More recently, the idea that the library can come to the reader has become more pronounced, Johnson said.

By showcasing their unique features as well as the common thread among them, we’re shown the essential role the library plays for society today and hopefully in the future. [h/t huffingtonpost.com]

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Soneva Kiri resort children’s library, Thailand

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To mark the 30th birthday of BILLY, the worldÕs most versatile bookcase, IKEA this morning created the worldÕs longest outdoor bookcase on Bondi Beach. For one day only, Bondi beach is being transformed with 30 red BILLY bookcases snaking their way along the sand, featuring 1000Õs of books to choose from. To take a book, people are being invited to swap one of their books for a book from BILLYÕs shelves or make a gold coin donation, with all donations going to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. BILLY on the beach is a day celebrating budgie smugglers, board shorts, bikinis and BILLY bookcases. And as soon as the sun rose on the beach at 6am, locals and visitors began taking to the shelves.

To mark the 30th birthday of BILLY, the worldÕs most versatile bookcase, IKEA this morning created the worldÕs longest outdoor bookcase on Bondi Beach. For one day only, Bondi beach is being transformed with 30 red BILLY bookcases snaking their way along the sand, featuring 1000Õs of books to choose from. To take a book, people are being invited to swap one of their books for a book from BILLYÕs shelves or make a gold coin donation, with all donations going to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. BILLY on the beach is a day celebrating budgie smugglers, board shorts, bikinis and BILLY bookcases. And as soon as the sun rose on the beach at 6am, locals and visitors began taking to the shelves.

Photo of Pima County's first Book Bike on January 30, 2012 at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.  The modified cargo bike, made by Haley Tricycles in Philadelphia, is outfitted with book shelves.  Donated books will be given away during appearances.

Photo of Pima County’s first Book Bike on January 30, 2012 at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. The modified cargo bike, made by Haley Tricycles in Philadelphia, is outfitted with book shelves. Donated books will be given away during appearances.g

Sir Julius Caesar's Travelling Library. Image taken from Sir Julius Caesar's Travelling Library.  The British Library  C.20.f.15-58

Sir Julius Caesar’s Travelling Library. Image taken from Sir Julius Caesar’s Travelling Library.
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The People’s Library of the Occupy Wall Street protests, New York City

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The Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, in Kansas City, Missouri

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A Little Free Library in New York City

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Library in Muyinga, Burundi

Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects, Client: University of Aberdeen, Area: 15,500 m², Construction sum: € 40 million excl. VAT, Competition: 2005, 1st prize in restricted international competition, Status: Construction period 2009 - 2011, Engineer: Arup & Partners Ltd, Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon LLP, Landscape Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects

Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects, Client: University of Aberdeen, Area: 15,500 m², Construction sum: € 40 million excl. VAT, Competition: 2005, 1st prize in restricted international competition, Status: Construction period 2009 – 2011, Engineer: Arup & Partners Ltd, Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon LLP, Landscape Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects

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The Children’s Mobile Library of Mongolia, operated by author Jambyn Dashdondog

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