Words of Praise For Microfilm, An Overlooked But Essential Library Tool

There are some great research-minded tumblrs out there — I highly recommend JSTOR's — the Muncie, Indiana Public Library is celebrating technology month in February. They asked their local history librarians what they thought the best technology was. They were big fans of microfilm. » 2/23/15 11:00pm 2/23/15 11:00pm

Lose Yourself In These Photos Of Europe's Most Magnificent Libraries

Across Europe there are buildings that are nothing short of temples of literature, glorious structures where books are not just available, but placed in beautiful and honored shelves. Take a virtual tour through the stacks of some of the world's most jaw-dropping libraries. » 1/13/15 3:00pm 1/13/15 3:00pm

Gaze In Awe At These Stunning Photographs Of World Libraries

Here's one for the book lovers (i.e., probably everyone reading this). Photographer Franck Bohbot's stunning architecture photos have captured grand movie theaters and glowing city signs, among other subjects. His latest work in progress is "House of Books," a lush tribute to the libraries of the world. » 12/31/14 9:40am 12/31/14 9:40am

The Weirdest Questions People Asked Librarians Before The Internet

Before we had Google for all of our embarrassing questions, Pinterest for craft inspiration, and Craigslist for all of the odds and ends of life, more people relied on public librarians to field all manner of questions. And the New York Public Library still has records of some pretty odd ones. » 12/26/14 1:49pm 12/26/14 1:49pm

Batman's Got a New Job as a Library Guide

This sign was put up in the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque Iowa. When they say "near Batman," that's not a reference to being near other Batman works. It's a reference to a giant looming Batman balloon they put up in the new home of its illustrated novels. » 10/02/14 9:00pm 10/02/14 9:00pm

World's Largest Public Archive of SF And Fantasy Receives $3.5-Million

Earlier this month we learned that UC Riverside Library's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy – the world's largest public reserve of SF/F books and materials – has come under threat by new management. Now, the Eaton Collection is the beneficiary of a $3.5-million gift – the largest ever received by the… » 8/31/14 10:03am 8/31/14 10:03am

With This Library Cake, You Can Literally Eat Yourself Some Knowledge

Once again, we find a cake that I love too much to eat. On the other hand, does eating cake versions of books make you smarter? Because that sounds like a learning avenue that we should be exploring. » 8/26/14 11:00pm 8/26/14 11:00pm

The First College in the U.S. to Open Without Any Books in its Library

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland has just opened, with 550 students attending the first day of classes this week. The newly-built campus has a gorgeous library building, but no plans to stock it with books. Instead, it will be the nation's first all-digital college library. But it gets weirder than that. » 8/25/14 1:55pm 8/25/14 1:55pm

UC Riverside's Eaton Science Fiction Collection is in danger from new management. Professor Nalo Hopkinson reports that the largest public collection of science fiction and fantasy is endangered by the library administration, who has alienated the staff and plans to reduce the size of the collection. [Boing Boing] » 8/14/14 1:30am 8/14/14 1:30am

These are the most beautiful libraries we've ever seen

We won't all get to visit the most beautiful libraries, but thanks to photographer Will Pryce and architectural historian James Campbell we can all get a taste of what they look like. » 12/23/13 11:20am 12/23/13 11:20am

In Norway, all library books must be digitized -- by law

A law in Norway has their National Library scanning all literature and then making it publicly available to anyone to anyone coming in under a Norwegian IP address. Pretty cool, if you're in Norway now or in the near-ish future. But it's also pretty awesome for the much more distant future. » 12/11/13 7:25am 12/11/13 7:25am

A Plea to Keep Libraries Alive

As a child I was irascible — easily bored, prone to tantrums, and always on edge. Luckily for my parents, they discovered a cure early on: books. We’d make weekly trips to the library, where I’d fill up a tote bag with as many books as it could hold. The bag was always so heavy that I’d have to schlep it over my… » 12/06/13 7:33pm 12/06/13 7:33pm

The libraries that governments will burn in the future

The famous library at Alexandria wasn't burned down with fire — it was destroyed by government mistreatment and neglect. Will today's great digital libraries like the Internet Archive suffer the same fate? » 11/08/13 8:14am 11/08/13 8:14am

The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by budget cuts, not fire

One of the great tragedies of ancient history, memorialized in myths and Hollywood film, is the burning of the great library at Alexandria. But the reality of the Library's end was actually a lot less pyrotechnic than that. A major cause of the Library's ruin was government budget cuts. » 10/08/13 3:16pm 10/08/13 3:16pm

Save 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction!

Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and "other genres." But apparently, there isn't enough interest to keep them in circulation. So they're asking people to propose what should be done with them. » 7/12/13 5:50pm 7/12/13 5:50pm

If Zero Hour is trying to be the most ludicrous show ever made, it has…

Well, I needn't have worried in last week's review of Zero Hour's pilot episode that the show might run out of its special brand of batshit insanity too soon. As the second episode proves, Zero Hour has crazy to spare, and the crazy is reproducing itself like Tribbles, at a terrifying rate. Tonight's episode "Face"… » 2/22/13 7:00am 2/22/13 7:00am

This Saturday, let your love of Star Wars take you to your local…

We may debate whether they read or write in the Star Wars universe — but one thing's for sure: the Star Wars tie-in books and novelizations have inspired countless people to start reading. There are so many Star Wars books and graphic novels now, it's like a whole literary genre up to itself. » 10/04/12 2:44pm 10/04/12 2:44pm

Downtown L.A. Intersection Renamed Ray Bradbury Square

Los Angeles is honoring a local literary hero Ray Bradbury, by creating Ray Bradbury Square at Fifth and Flower in downtown L.A. This is half a dozen blocks away from Clifton's Cafeteria, where Bradbury was a regular, and a stone's throw from the Central Public Library, where Bradbury wrote on the public typewriters. » 9/19/12 7:00am 9/19/12 7:00am

Check out the world's most beautiful libraries

Most people reading this site have a library which is special to them. See how yours stacks up against the world's best and most beautiful libraries. From snake-walks to grounded starships to views that might keep people's eyes off their books, we'll indulge in library porn. » 8/10/12 8:55am 8/10/12 8:55am