Books. There is something so enchanting about them. I completely agree with short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges who said, ‘I have always imagined that paradise will be kind of a library’.
Here are some unique libraries across the world that every bibliophile has to visit:
The Biblioburro, Colombia:
Luis Soriano is a primary school teacher who, in his spare time, runs the Biblioburro program. He loads his donkeys, Alfa and Beto, with books and then visits villages in rural Colombia. Once there, he loans children books from his mobile library, reads out to them and even helps them with their homework!
Arma de Instruccion Masiva, Argentina:
Raul Lemesoff is the artist behind the Arma de Instruccion Masiva. Translated to Weapon Of Mass Instruction, he takes vehicles belonging to the army and merges them with art and culture to create mobile libraries that double up as a protest against the weapons of mass destruction. One can take books for free from this unique library, provided, one also donates books to it.
Reading Club 2000, Manila, Philippines:
The Reading Club 2000 is an informal library set up by Hernando Guanlao. Situated outside his ancestral home in central Manila, Philippines, Hernando (nicknamed Nanie) wanted to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading. The club has no memberships, and no ID card is required. One can simply take books or add to the collection.
Epos Book Boat, Norwegian fjords:
During the winters in Norway, a tourist boat called Epos turns into floating library for the fjords regions of country. Due to the unique geographical location of the fjords, it becomes tough for the people to reach the mainland. And the Book Boat comes to the rescue! It travels to more than 250 small communities on islands in the fjords every year between September and April.
The Camel Library, Kenya:
The humble ship of the desert has been assigned the task of bringing books to children in isolated and deprived schools situated near the city of Garissa. The Kenya National Library Service has developed this unique way of making reading material accessible to the underprivileged villages of the nation.
Biblioteca Sandro Penna:
The Biblioteca Sandro Penna situated in Perugia, Italy, is a public library. The architect behind this intriguing building is Italo Rota who designed the three-story disc to look like a flying saucer!
Little Free Library:
A global phenomenon, the Little Free Library is a very innovative and not for profit concept. It all began in the year 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother. He filled it up with books and kept it in his yard. His friends and neighbours loved it and he built a few more. The concept spread like wildfire and today, millions benefit from the free collection of books that these little libraries have to offer.
Beach Library, Albena:
Sun, sand, the beach, clear waters and a library! Yes, you read it right! A unique library on a beach! In the year 2013, the first free beach library in Europe was opened in the central part of the beach in Albena. Guests are invited to borrow the books for free and they can leave their own books for others to read.
Human Library, Denmark:
Not a library having books, the Humans Library in Denmark is nonetheless a beautiful concept. It is an ‘international equalities movement that challenges prejudice and discrimination through social contact.’ At the library, you can select a human who then proceeds to tell you stories and memories from their life. A give and take concept, the person can ask you about your life as well.
These are just few of the many beautiful and unique libraries around the world.
‘A good library is a place, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet’- Samuel Niger.
Have you visited any of these libraries? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below.
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