Clearing Out Books

Clearning Out Books
one of my bookshelves, complete with a dusty dinosaur

Our local library system has a book sale once a month, where they sell books, CDs, and other items pulled from the library collection or donated to the Friends of the Library. When I was there last Thursday, the room normally filled with VHS tapes and a couple DVDs had been taken over by history books. Not only that, but the shelves regularly allotted to history books were full, as was a shelf near the front of the building for new 900s books. It was as if they had gutted their history collection.

I managed to restrain myself and only brought home a few Medieval books that will be useful for research, but even through they are sitting on the floor for lack of shelf space I don’t feel good about that decision. I wish I could have given more of them a home. I’m not a bibliophile who refuses to destroy an old moldy paperback because it deserves respect as a book, but I don’t like to see perfectly good history books sitting unwanted on the shelves.

At least our library can sell them. Other libraries are chucking books in the trash when they pull them off the shelves. Not just the old moldy books either, these include new hardcovers. It makes me sad, and I want to bring them home and give them a nice comfortable spot on my shelves. The irony is, to make room for all these books I want to “rescue,” I’ll have to get rid of some books currently in my home library. Maybe I’ll donate them to the library book sale.

Amazing Libraries

I had been trying to come up with a topic for today’s post for hours, and every idea seemed like it would require several days of writing, re-writing, and research. I needed something now. So, rather than face the dual problem of not enough suitable ideas and too many unsuitable ideas, I went to Pinterest. Mostly I was aiming for distraction, but I actually came up with an idea. Libraries! I just pinned my 100th pin to my library board, and thought it might be interesting to collect my favorites in one blog post.

Five Public Libraries

1. Stuttgart City Library. Located in the German city of Stuttgart, this library is a five-story open chamber where the only color comes from the books and visitors.

2.The Trinity Library. The library of the University of Dublin, Ireland, contains over 5 million volumes (now that’s a library!) and dates back to the establishment of the college in 1592.

3. The Rococo Library. Located in an Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery in Mafra, Portugal, this library  contains over 35,000 leather-bound books. The floors are marble tile.

4. Biblioteca Nacional del Perú. The National Library of Peru is a non-circulating library founded in 1821. I love this staircase.

5. Liyuan Library. Li Xiaodong Atelier designed this small library located in a village near Beijing, China. The outside of the building blends into the surrounding landscape, and the inside uses steps and small level changes to create distinct spaces within the library.

Five Home Libraries

1. Featured in Architectural Digest’s Stunning Home Libraries, this beautiful two-story library belongs to a house in the Bahamas and was designed by Lea Ciavarra and Anne Marie Lubrano.

2. This lovely library reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. It’s in a renovated 1908 Tudor house in Nashville, Tennessee.

3. Thierry W. Despont designed this library for a Georgian Revival house in Toronto, Canada.

4. The Shelf-Pod house was designed by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio, and is basically a livable library. Every part of the home is covered in lattice-style bookcases.

5. I don’t know anything about this library other than it looks amazing and it’s built around a courtyard. My source credits their source for the image, but I can’t get the page to load.