Library Projects


Posted in Uncategorized by Library Projects on August 24, 2010

Library Projects is a blog devoted to independent and experimental libraries, bookstores, archives and reading rooms. It is a forum to discuss projects developed by artists, librarians, curators, independent scholars or other bookish types who employ the grammar of “the library” to create spaces – virtual spaces, physical spaces – where people are invited to interact with one another and with the material itself.  There are many such projects and we would like to maintain a database for them.  The blog was created and will be maintained by Kate Adler and Rachael Morrison.

The Library Projects blog grows out of the panel “Experimental Library Projects and Reading Rooms” to be presented at the New York Art Book Fair in 2010.


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  1. Deirdre said, on August 27, 2010 at 16:27

    Thanks for creating this blog. There are lots of great projects today involving libraries and objects related to their past. As we are seeing from the comments, cards from card catalogs are often used by artists. Many people have fond memories of opening drawers and touching the cards. The browsing aspect and excitement of the discovery of what is on the next card is not as nicely replicated in online catalogs.

    At the Brooklyn Museum we have been working with several artists to make our catalog cards come alive by being used in different ways. Here is an example:

    We are open to more ideas as to how to “reuse” these cards!

    Best, Deirdre

  2. Jennifer said, on September 1, 2010 at 18:41

    I wonder if the Interstitial Library might not be an appropriate addition to the list?

    While conceptual rather than physical, I believe it embodies the same spirit of experimentation and play.

    • Library Projects said, on September 4, 2010 at 11:04

      Thanks, Jennifer. Interstitial Library is a very appropriate addition to the list and it has been added. Thank you.

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