The love of books: the brave librarians of Sarajevo

In the midst of war, library staff in Sarajevo risked their lives to rescue over 10,000 precious books and manuscripts. It was 1992, the siege of Sarajevo had begun, and Jahic – then the director of the Gazi Husrev-Beg public library – had in his care a priceless, ancient collection of hand-written books and illuminated manuscripts. “Protecting a library is not an easy task,” says … Continue reading The love of books: the brave librarians of Sarajevo

Why we need libraries – an essay in pictures

Two great champions of reading for pleasure, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens. A very clever article in pictures.   Continue reading Why we need libraries – an essay in pictures

The most unusual menus from libraries around the world

Anne Ewbank writes: “Not many libraries have menu collections, but they are still a vital part of the historical record that reveals tastes, trends, and local environmental conditions. Menu collections are often passion projects. Perhaps the most famous examples are Frank M. Buttolph, who collected 25,000 menus that eventually ended up at the New York Public Library, or Louis Szathmary, a chef whose collection is … Continue reading The most unusual menus from libraries around the world

The Human Library

Human libraries function similarly to other libraries except that in a human library, people—rather than books—are available for checkout. Those who volunteer to be “human books” are “people with a particular personal experience or perspective on life” and have often been stereotyped in some way. The human books agree to converse openly with other members of the community, called “readers.” Anyone who wants to participate in … Continue reading The Human Library

Franck Bohbot’s house of books project

  “It’s about the power of knowledge.” “Nothing is more important after health in our world. Knowledge means everything to understand each other, to tell stories and to archive history.” “I wanted to have a powerful and monumental way of shooting libraries to pay tribute to the books, the people who work there and the architects.” The French photographer is travelling the world in search … Continue reading Franck Bohbot’s house of books project