Some people love spending time in the library (yep, that’s me), while other people associate libraries with boring on top of boring and then add a dash of “shhhh!”
In reality, libraries and their respective librarians are anything but boring.
In fact, the following examples show that libraries are rather ingenious, as well as humorous and creative – just like the books that line their shelves.
Take a look for yourself to see why libraries are an irreplaceable facet of our culture.
#1. There’s a reason all the kids in this town love to go to the library… this is the entrance to the kid’s section.
#2. Embarrassed to ask where the books about herpes are? This library offers a directory for embarrassing topics.
#3. Meet Dina, she volunteers at her local library lending an ear to kids with difficulties as they read. Of course, she never judges – just demands pets in between pages.
#4. Ever wonder how much money you save checking books out at the library vs. buying them at the store? This library keeps track and lets you know.
#5. Forget blind dates with people, this library hooks you up with a book! The perfect way to avoid judging a book by its cover.
#6. On top of books, this library offers a wide variety of cake pans you can check out.
#7. This library installed a bee hive in the kids section – that tube leads to the outside. How neat is this?!
#8. This creative school librarian dresses up as a book reaper on a mission to collect overdue books
Dun dun dun…
#9. At this school library, noise-level detectors change colors to indicate noise levels.
#10. Creatively named book sections are always a win
#11. Motivating children to do the right thing with Batman
#12. You can take part in this library’s community jigsaw puzzle.
#13. Need to talk on your cell phone? This library installed a ‘cone of silence’.
#13. Tattle tales are encouraged at this library – and they shall remain anonymous
#14. This banned book section is rather intriguing
#15. San Jose State University has a secret bookshelf just waiting to be discovered
#16. This school mural is perfectly placed around the fire extinguisher
#17. A library cracking down on fake news
#18. This library features a globe of the moon
#19. At this library, books on lower shelves are placed on their sides so you can read the titles without bending over – why doesn’t every library do this?!
#20. The entrance to this public library in France is winning
#21. This librarian knows how to dress up for Halloween!
#22. This library sits on the border of Canada and the US – the black line marks the spot
#23. By removing consecutive sections of shelves, you can see from one wall to the other in this library
#24. We see what you did there…
#25. These ‘grab and go’ book bags are sorted by genre and full of surprises.
#26. Who said libraries have to be indoors? Check out this awesome beach library in Albena, Bulgaria.
#27. Type out your love letters right here!
#28. This library is stacked with books and board games
#29. This wordy library uses words instead of numbers to tell time.
#30. Adorable mini library looks just like the life size building behind it
#31. You can check out laptops at this public library in Austin
#32. “I was studying in the library when my phone rang. Returned after a few minutes” to this ‘virtually stolen’ card:
#33. This sign popped up in a Buffalo library… so very true!
#34. The best warning sign ever posted at a school library
#35. You can listen to records at this library
#36. Who wouldn’t want this library card?!
#37. I want to go to this library… like now!
#38. In the basement of this campus library, faculty installed treadmills with computers so students can exercise and study at the same time.
#39. BCIT Library is equipped with sleeping pods… because student life is exhausting
#40. There is a cafe inside of this local library and it offers a table for strangers looking to chit chat
#41. This library sign is enough to make anyone pick up a book and start reading!
#42. Campus library installs grass – and yes, it’s real grass
#43. This ‘Recently Returned’ section lets you see what other people are reading
#44. This library is full of jokes
#45. At this public library in Arkansas you can rent fishing poles
What’s your favorite way libraries have been creative?
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