From Book-Lending Trucks to Birdhouse Bookshops

 - Jul 23, 2012
Although reading a book may seem like an archaic concept, these novel library designs will have you convinced you can't judge a book by its cover. While your community library may consist of metal shelves and fluorescent lightning, these far-out library designs push creative and spatial boundaries.

Everything from birdhouses to phone booths have been transformed into public, book-lending places. Shelves of novels have become part of the overall design, offering an eye-catching architectural detail to a room. Punchy colors and graphic motifs add flair to an otherwise boring concept.

Technology has also helped advance stereotypical library designs, translating these public spaces into the digital realm. Prior to mass-production printing, books were considered a privilege enjoyed by the upper class. With e-readers on the rise and bookmobiles on the loose, access to literature is becoming increasingly democratic.