Take A Peek Inside Four Amazing Mini Libraries

pop-up libraries Our lives are becoming increasingly mobile, so it only makes sense that libraries are becoming mobile, too. Pop-up libraries are, well, popping up across the globe, giving more people access to the magic of reading.

Despite the fact that these libraries are built on a much smaller, more portable scale than traditional libraries, they’re architectural marvels in their own right. Come along on a quick trip around the world (no packing or passport required) for a look at four amazing mini libraries.

Levinski Library, Tel Aviv

Created by Yoav Meiri Architects, the Levinski Library features an international selection of books in a variety of languages. According to the architecture firm, the library is intended for illegal immigrants and is open all hours of the day so it can be used by all people.

“Bookyard,” Ghent

Artist Massimo Bartolini created a literary-themed art installation that features twelve rows of bookshelves, each “aligned with the rows in the vineyard of nearby St. Peter’s Abbey,” according to Good. Visitors can donate, borrow or purchase the library’s books. The library has a limited lifespan; it’s tied to the city’s “Track: A Contemporary City Conversation” festival and ends with the event.

Pay Phone Libraries, New York

Pay phones are becoming increasingly obsolete now that mobile devices are so widespread. To make better use of the 13,659 pay phones throughout New York City, architect John Locke and the Department of Urban Betterment began converting them into mini libraries complete with custom shelving that fits over the existing (and still operable) phone without fasteners or glue.

Biblioteca Movil A47, Mexico City

Mexican cultural literacy organization Fundacion Alumnos47 wanted a way to engage residents and students and teach them about visual culture. The solution? A mobile library that features books raised on overhead trays so that the floor is free for public gatherings. Other architectural features include translucent doors and a floor made of stackable platforms, which can be rearranged to accommodate different types of events.

Pretty neat, right? We hope to see more mobile libraries being created around the world. If there’s one near you, leave us a comment and tell us all about it! And if anyone wants to take a trip to see these libraries in person, well, we’d be happy to tag along!

Image via ArchDaily

  • I would like to visit one of this libraries. I’m sure they are very practical

    • brendachapman

      They seem like fun, too.

  • Cool – the phone booth libraries sounding the neatest! I don’t know if any of them could surpass the feeling I get when I walk into a large, traditional library. But I’ve always dreamt of having my own personal library, so I totally dig these creative, smaller inventions!

    • brendachapman

      I know! Really kind of cool, heh?

  • Karen Scarlett

    Hard to imagine you completely skipped Todd Bol and his #LittleFreeLibrary movement!

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