Libraries

Boulder Public Library

Boulder Officially Rejects Public Art Spelled in ALL CAPS

The city says "no" to an artwork that says, loudly, "YES!"

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Why a Brand-New $10 Million Library Has Been Sitting Empty for Months

One unfortunate outcome of California doing away with redevelopment agencies.

Humans of New York

Meet New York's Newly Famous Public Library Crusader

Matthew Zadrozny shared his concerns about the NYPL's renovation with the Humans of New York blog. The post quickly went viral.

Los Angeles Public Library

The L.A. Public Library Is About to Start Offering High School Diplomas

Not GEDs. Diplomas.

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The Cleveland Public Library Found a Lost First Edition Copy of 'A Christmas Carol'

It's one of only 6,000 copies printed.

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A Whole Lot of Americans Would Be Angry if Their Public Library Closed

More people use them than you may realize.

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An Amazing Drones-Eye View of the New York Public Library

See the famed building at new heights.

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Zaha Hadid's New Library in Vienna Looks Like a Looming Deathship

A Star Destroyer from George Lucas's fevered imagination, perhaps?

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This Russian Library Just Hired a Stray Cat as Its Assistant Librarian

He's required to wear a bow tie, and gets paid in food.

Awesome Photobooth of the Day: The One in the New York Public Library

Lovely self-portraits of people and their books.

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Survey of the Day: Younger Americans Want Great Library Programs and Spaces More Than E-Books

How the future of the country sees the future of of public libraries.

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Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map.

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Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.

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Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.

Stereotank

World's Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City

The "inhabitable" library looks more like a weird robot or a doughnut on stilts.

Timothy Hursley

The Simple Philosophy Behind St. Louis's Spectacular Central Library Renovation

In short: The books should be more prominent than ever.

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How Does One Get Banned From Every Public Library in the World?

You probably don't want to know.

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Would More People Use the Public Library If It Had a Water Slide?

More than half of Poland doesn't seem to be reading anything. Would a more festive library design help them pick up a book?

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Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators

An old idea reinvented for the 21st century.