Enormous library desk made of books

A reader writes, "Books are reused to create this enormous piece of library furniture at TU Delft architecture bibliotheek. Because the books are stacked rather than dismantled, this desk is true to its origins as well as its function."

Library information desk


  1. Important tip: make sure that the spines are NOT visible. Otherwise somebody will find a title there that the despratly want to check out and will be become very frustrated when they discover that the book is permanantly glued in place.

    1. Nah, speaking as a bibliophile (and a librarian) I think it’s wonderful. There are many books that end up discarded (out of date, damaged, whole runs of encyclopedias superseded every year!) so making use of them in a work of library art is brilliant!

      1. I buy many of those sorts of books to replace the ones that I lost in two separate incidents of total destruction. I currently only have a couple of hundred to replace the 8000+ that I have lost.

        This is both cool and a little sad for me.

    2. I can’t see why any bibliophile would be outraged by this. These are worn out books that would otherwise have been discarded. And I’m pretty sure that none of the books used to make this desk was a rare first edition, or the only surviving copy of some obscure work. If you’re a book lover (as I am), wouldn’t you rather see worn out books made into a beautiful piece of furniture than dumped in a landfill? I’d love to have a handsome piece of furniture made out of old books (something much smaller than this, of course). A small table, cabinet, or desk made out of books would look great in my home library.

  2. I would like to borrow the thirteenth book from the top, seventeenth book from the left, on the north-facing side. Thank you.

  3. What a great idea! Here is a way to recycle old, used and outdated published material. I can look at my shelves and quickly see books that would make end tables. What a fun way to memorialize an era, for instance, childhood favorites, college texts.

  4. There are people who would be horrified and possibly angry about that desk. I work in a library and learned that books are not sacred objects that should be kept and preserved no matter what. Lots of people will never learn that. They give us their old books thinking we’ll put them into circulation since a book is a book or so we can get rid of them and they don’t have to deal with the horror of putting books in a recycling bin.

    I love that desk. It’s a good thing my stacks of books I keep for art projects aren’t large enough to cover furniture. Yet.

  5. This is a university library in the Netherlands. I can be positive that none of these books are anything close to rare.

  6. Speaking as someone who has had to clean school libraries, that desk is a maintenance nightmare. The ones at the bottom edge are going to get dirty fast and it will look like hell. And how would you clean them, an eraser? There’s a good reason most circulation desks I see are fronted in Formica.

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