Gallery: 6 Delightful Pop-Up Libraries To Encourage Reading This Summer


Spiraling Tower of Babel Book Sculpture

This spiraling tower in Buenos Aires was built with over 30,000 donated books. Called the Tower of Babel, the sculpture was built with books donated from all over the world in honor of the city being named the 2011 World Book Capital. When it was time to take the sculpture down, visitors were encouraged to pick and book and take it home with them.

Adopt a Phone Booth Library

With mobile phones taking over, there seems little need for phone booths anymore, but rather than get rid of the iconic red booths in the UK, local communities are using them for new purposes. British Telecom is encouraging towns to turn their phone booths into mini libraries and so far hundreds of communities have transformed their telephone box. If your community’s phone booth sits empty, learn how to transform one into your very own local lending library over here.

Recycled Shipping Container Children’s Library

BiebBus is a portable children’s library in The Netherlands built from a recycled shipping container. Architect Jord den Hollander came up with this fun idea for the pop-up library to support communities who lack funds or space. BiebBus can be pulled behind a truck, parked and popped open to provide a small library and a top floor reading room.


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