Tiny Libraries, DIY Reading Rooms, and Other Micro Book Depots

By Alison Nastasi

Guerrilla librarians across the globe seek to achieve maximum literary saturation.

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We aren't shy about sharing our love for books—and all the amazing places they are housed—around here. You visited some of the most beautiful college libraries in the world with us, we told you about our favorite bookstores—and highlighted your picks—plus much more. We wanted to venture into DIY territory and visit some of the tiniest—but gutsiest—libraries around the world. These are unusual places where lit-lovers ventured to create a mini community athenaeum, and guerrilla librarians have set up camp in the face of budget cuts and closing institutions.

Each micro library's aim is different, but whether they're promoting independent/alternative presses, or simply trying to encourage reading, these plucky little libraries deserve your attention.

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Image credit: Department of Urban Betterment

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/03/tiny-libraries-diy-reading-rooms-and-other-micro-book-depots/253844/