15 Libraries That Are Doing Very Clever Things Right Now


I LOVE LIBRARIES. Unabashedly. And I love checking out ones I haven’t been to so I can see what programs and services they offer.

It seems like library staffs are being really innovative these days, and here are 15 great examples.

1. Don’t annoy me

This sign at my University with the number for the library police.
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2. Cool!

Had a volunteer help me make these stools out of our discarded books for new library seating.
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3. Keep it down!

My school’s library has noise-level guides that change colour when it gets too loud
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4. That’s a lot of money

My library receipt shows how much money I’ve saved.
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5. For the shy folks

This library has a directory for topics people might be embarrassed to ask for.
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6. No more fines

My local library is going fine free
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7. Genius

My local library has vault you can go into to talk on your phone.
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8. Bake a cake or two

My local library has baking pans you can borrow.
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9. Teach them about bees

My local library has bee hive in the kids section, with a tube that leads to the outside.
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10. Reuse

This old church being re-used as a library
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11. Banned books are important books

My school’s library has a banned book section.
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12. A real-life mystery

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13. Give it a shot

Local library has a community jigsaw puzzle
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14. Grab bags

At my library you can pick up bags of books in a certain genre without knowing what those books are
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15. This is a great idea

This library has a program where children and teens can “read down fines”.
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Pretty cool, huh? Go check out your local library and see what they’re up to!