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a dark library where every single book has its own light, by chu chih-kang

<b>to help the visitors pick the book they really want to read, the taiwanese library designed by chu chih-kang studio features a very low lighting.</b> …

Books

2.2 Million Students Using OpenStax Books

More than 2 million students at nearly half of degree-granting colleges in the United States are using textbooks this year from OpenStax, the open …

Higher Education

Rare medieval bible returned to shelf at Canterbury Cathedral

A 13th century bible, one of a handful of books which survived intact when the library of Canterbury Cathedral was broken up at the time of the Reformation, is back in the building after almost 500 years.<p>The Lyghfield bible – named for a monk at the cathedral who once owned it – is the only …

Henry Viii

'Spectacular' ancient public library discovered in Germany

The remains of the oldest public library in Germany, a building erected almost two millennia ago that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls, have been discovered in the middle of Cologne.<p>The walls were first uncovered in 2017, during an excavation on the grounds of a Protestant church in the centre …

Archaeology

Why libraries are an economic lifeline for millions of Americans

Ron Baron’s local library was a critical lifeline when he was unemployed.<p>The 20-year-old resident of Grand Junction, Colo., often found himself …

Libraries

Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s librarian: ‘I feel a huge responsibility. I don’t want to screw it up’

<b>Sleep</b><p>I go to sleep quickly. I need a minimum of six hours and I like to be in bed by 11pm. I often wake up in the night, so I’ll go downstairs to get a book – anything from Zadie Smith to John le Carré – to read. I’m awake when the alarm goes off at 6.25am. My wife is an artist, so she has a …

University of Oxford

App Preservation: Saving the App Store’s History

The App Store had just turned one when, sometime in the summer of 2009, concept artist and game developer Zach Gage published a preview video for an iPhone game he had been working on. The game was based on a simple premise: Gage's girlfriend liked playing Tetris for iPhone, which he thought was a …

Apps

The Library

UTAS tries to save hundreds of rare flood-damaged law books by having them freeze-dried

Conservation experts are going to extreme lengths to salvage hundreds of rare books damaged during floods that devastated Tasmania's south earlier …

Original Winnie-the-Pooh map breaks auction record for any book illustration

The drawing by E.H. Shepard has sold for £430,000 at Sotheby’s London<p>Described as 'the most famous map in English literature', the original sketch of …

Montreal's Grande Bibliothèque grapples with bed bug invasion

Quebec's Grande Bibliothèque on De Maisonneuve Boulevard in Montreal is dealing with a bed bug problem, forced to take temporary measures to protect …

Fiske’s Reading Machine was a pre-silicon Kindle

E-readers have become one of the most pervasive pieces of tech for many reasons. They survive alongside tablets because they're accessible -- Amazon's entry-level Kindle is just $80 -- and don't require daily charging. E-ink displays don't strain your eyes nearly as much as backlit screens, nor do …

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books, peony and peaches in yellow bowl

'I’d rather read to the dog than my little sister': Kids find receptive, 4-legged listener at Naperville library

When it comes to enjoying a book, Carla Eisley believes the best audience is a dog.<p>“It doesn’t matter how boring the book is, and the dogs don’t care if you’re reading and make a mistake,” said Eisley, a children services associate at the Naperville Library. “You can point at the pictures or do …

Found: 3 Poisonous Books in a University Library

Their green covers meant danger.<p>The librarians at the University of Southern Denmark weren’t looking for poison. They just wanted to read the scraps …

Libraries

Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia

It’s July 12, 2017, and Jens Dopke walks into a windowless room in Oxfordshire, England, all of his attention trained on a small, white frame that he …

Archaeology

Do libraries run by volunteers check out?

The rise of the volunteer-run library is evolution in its purest sense: motivated by a desire to survive<p>It is just before 7pm on a Tuesday and Wilsden library is about to close. There are a few stragglers, mainly mums with small girls who have been at the dance class in the village hall, where the …

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The Bats Help Preserve Old Books But They Drive Librarians, Well, Batty

A 300-year-old library’s resident bats eat the bugs that devour glue and paper, but they’re attracting more interest than the literature; ‘The questions are nonstop’<p>COIMBRA, Portugal—During the day, as visitors file through the University of Coimbra’s 300-year-old Joanina Library, the creatures …

Librarianship

'First colour-printed book' returns to St Albans

<b>A book thought to be the first to be printed in colour in the UK is returning to the city where it was produced for a new exhibition.</b><p>The Boke of St Albans: Hawking, Hunting and Heraldry, was printed by the "schoolmaster printer" at the St Albans Press in the city in 1486.<p>It has been lent to the new …

Browse a bookshop: Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

This bookshop has been operating for 30-odd years, and has been owned and run by Elizabeth Haycox for the last 10 years. Bookseller Jim Lewis says: “We sell books of all genres. We also have a cafe/restaurant, plus a cinema. We currently have an exhibition of Jackie Morris’s impressive paintings – …

Il pudore della bellezza antica

Mexican Library Recognized as One of The Best in the World

<b>The</b> <b>Tecnológico de Monterrey</b> <b>new Main Library has been recognized as "The Best Academic Library in the World"</b> - over 30,000 sq. ft category - during …

JS Mill scribbles reveal he was far from a chilly Victorian intellectual

Despite writing a shelf-full of books, including his own autobiography, the great Victorian intellectual John Stuart Mill remains a man of mystery to scholars. However, a new side of Mill has now come to light, hidden in the margins of his library.<p>It turns out that Mill was an inveterate annotator, …

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Saturday Self Challenge: Books

The 6 most beautiful new libraries in the US

In addition to their stunning appearances, the libraries were recognized for their environmentally-friendly and community-oriented designs.<p>While projects could be located anywhere in the world, only architects licensed in the US could enter the competition. The projects also needed to be completed …

Architecture

Rem Koolhaas and OMA build a monument to books

<b>Many are writing off libraries as relics of another age, but they are needed more than ever.</b><p>One might think that in this digital age where so much is …