Gallery: Circular Library Lets You Roll Your Books Home


Bookworms know that it isn’t easy to live a mobile life with a massive book collection. If you’re not quite ready to donate excess texts or replace them with electronic versions, David Garcia Studio offers an innovative solution: Archive II, a circular bookshelf propelled by walking that is currently on exhibition at Denmark’s University of Roskilde Main Library.

The bookshelf isn’t ideal for long trips, but we can’t think of a better solution if you need to, say, move down the street. According to Garcia, “The average reader can read about 240 words per minute. A 300 page book normally takes 9 hours to read, non stop. I you read while you walk, you can read a book in about 43 kilometers. If you read and walk, watch out for traffic.

In the above photo you can also see Garcia’s Archive I, a see saw-like “weight balance library” featuring a chair that elevates in response to the weight of books on the shelves.

+ David Garcia Studio

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  1. Elsa T Calderon July 29, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Your design is beautiful. I like it all.

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  3. thedude June 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Fucking awesome!

  4. davidwayneosedach April 29, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    It’s a great space saver! But a little too futuristic for my taste.

  5. Moonwishes April 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Fantastic way to get exercise and read at the same time, but where is the cup and snack holder?

  6. avatar1 April 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I haven,t seen anything like that since the Irvive Allen sifi’s of the 60’s. About a year ago in preparation of my retirement, I hired a temp to come into my office and one by one, scaned my books into jpg.s and then dropped them onto SD cards and data data

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