Named after Otets Paisiy, one of Bulgaria’s most famous authors, this awesome new public library makes use of an old trolleybus in Plovdiv. Designed by locally-based Studio 8 1/2, the Otets Paisiy Public Library is part of a larger effort by citizens to revitalize this area of town. Parked on the side of the street, the trolleybus library holds 600 books and provides plenty of cozy spots to settle in and read.
Just like in the UK, phone booths aren’t of much use for making calls, but they are practical infrastructure for other uses. Architect John Locke attached a pumpkin-orange set of shelves to an obsolete phone booth near 96th Street to create a mini, ultra-public library. Now the obsolete phone booth is useful and local residents are using it to pass books back and forth.