Libraries are one of the most favorite places of book lovers. The only other place that might come close is a book store. But libraries aren’t always just buildings filled with books, they can also have a weirdness and uniqueness not found anywhere else.
But how can a bunch of books be unusual? With that thought in mind I set of to find unusual libraries and found some that boggled my mind, yet made me smile. Take a look at some gems I found when looking for different and offbeat libraries. How many unusual libraries do you know of?
The Kenyan Camel Library
Started by the Kenya National Library Service in 1985, the Kenyan Camel Library reaches out to over 6,000 people in nomadic communities across the desert. The camels not only carry books but also camping gear for the librarians traveling in the caravan.
Arma de Instruccion Masiva
Arma de Instruccion Masiva (Weapon of Mass Instruction) is a 1979 Ford Falcon transformed by artist Raul Lemesoff into a mobile library in the shape of a tank, that cruises the streets of Buenos Aires and smaller towns around it, bringing a library of 900 books to places without access to traditional libraries.
Luis Soriano, is a primary school teacher in rural Colombia. In his spare time he visits villages with his two donkeys Alfa and Beto who carry a load of books for him. Stopping at villages Soriano reads to children and loans them books from his mobile donkey library. Since he started in 1990, Soriano has brought the joy of reading to over 4,000 kids until date.
Paradero Para Libros Para Parques (PPP)
Across the various neighborhoods of Bogota, Colombia there are over 47 little libraries in parks and over a 100 such across the country. Staffed by a volunteer for 12 hours a week, and open mostly during the weekend, people can sit and read in the park and even borrow books from the library.
Phone Booth Library
The iconic red phone booths of UK have reinvented themselves into libraries and are popping up all over the country since 2009. Adopted and manged by communities, some booths have over 100 books, CDs and DVDs for community members to borrow and exchange.
Do you have a favorite unusual library? Which one would you add to the list? Let us know in comments. 🙂