World's most unusual libraries


Alex Johnson's new book Improbable Libraries surveys some of the world's most unique places for book borrowing.


Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world. Undaunted, librarians around the globe are thinking up astonishing ways of reaching those in reading need, whether by bike in Chicago, boat in Laos, or donkey in Colombia. Improbable Libraries showcases a wide range of unforgettable, never-before-seen images and interviews with librarians who are overcoming geographic, economic, and political difficulties to bring the written word to an eager audience.

Improbable Libraries: A Visual Journey to the World's Most Unusual Libraries (Amazon)