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. from mildlyinteresting

2. Cool!

Had a volunteer help me make these stools out of our discarded books for new library seating. from mildlyinteresting

3. Keep it down!

My school’s library has noise-level guides that change colour when it gets too loud from mildlyinteresting

4. That’s a lot of money

My library receipt shows how much money I’ve saved. from mildlyinteresting

5. For the shy folks

This library has a directory for topics people might be embarrassed to ask for. from mildlyinteresting

6. No more fines

My local library is going fine free from mildlyinteresting

7. Genius

My local library has vault you can go into to talk on your phone. from mildlyinteresting

8. Bake a cake or two

My local library has baking pans you can borrow. from mildlyinteresting

9. Teach them about bees

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

10. Reuse

This old church being re-used as a library from mildlyinteresting

11. Banned books are important books

My school’s library has a banned book section. from mildlyinteresting

12. A real-life mystery

The mystery section in San Jose State University’s library has a secret bookshelf from mildlyinteresting

13. Give it a shot

Local library has a community jigsaw puzzle from mildlyinteresting

14. Grab bags

At my library you can pick up bags of books in a certain genre without knowing what those books are from mildlyinteresting

15. This is a great idea

This library has a program where children and teens can "read down fines". from mildlyinteresting

Pretty cool, huh? Go check out your local library and see what they’re up to!