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The Livre Exchange is a rather unorthodox library. That is because it can also be considered as part art installation. It is comprised of a number of suspended containers shaped like the quintessential home. Made out of transparent plastic, each container holds a book that can be borrowed for free or with the exchange of one of the participant’s own books.
Created by House Works, a design collective based in France, the containers making up The Livre Exchange have been tied to trees in locations where people tend to relax and read. It was created to encourage the literary act while also promoting free access to reading. It also provides a timeout from the digital world.
The Livre Exchange was presented at the International Design Biennial 2013 in Saint-Étienne.