Friday essay: the library – humanist ideal, social glue and now, tourism hotspot

Stuart Kells, La Trobe University Last year two Danish librarians – Christian Lauersen and Marie Eiriksson – founded Library Planet: a worldwide, crowdsourced, online library travel guide. According to them, Library Planet is meant to inspire travellers “to open the awesome book that is our world of libraries, cities and countries”. The name of the…

The Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan

A Library Planet post by Annie Wu. Kyoto International Manga Museum was established to gather, preserve and exhibit manga materials and to be a centre for research into manga culture. The space simultaneously serves as a library and a museum, with around 300,000 manga products in its collection, including books, periodicals and woodblock caricature prints….

Disquiet in the archives: archivists make tough calls with far-reaching consequences – they deserve our support

Stuart Kells, La Trobe University Right now, for technological, ethical and political reasons, the world’s archivists are suddenly very busy. Advances in digital imaging and communications are feeding an already intense interest in provenance, authorship and material culture. Two recent discoveries – a woman’s name scratched in the margins of an 8th-century manuscript, and John…

Ivanhoe Library, Melbourne, Australia

A Library Planet post by Fiona Kells Situated atop the highest point in the ‘burb, the Ivanhoe Library used to occupy a three-storey 1960s Modernist building. Designed by local architecture firm Leith & Bartlett Pty Ltd, the building featured clean and simple lines, a glass curtain wall, open stairwells and a double-height, open-plan reading room…

From Denmark to Melbourne: A new Captain on everybody’s Library Planet

Back in 2018 Marie and I launched Library Planet – the crowdsource travel guide to libraries of the world. Since then so many fantastic libraries from French Polynesia to Sweden has been added to the map of libraries of the world with yours contributions and willingness to share the library love. As I wrote in the beginning of September,…

Stockholm City Library: An aesthetic experience

Written by Library Planet friend Alejandra Quiroz Hernández Maybe you have seen it illustrating articles about academic libraries or pretty much anything related to librarianship. The most recognized features are those curvy shelfs. Are you for real? A curved stack? What kind of geometric defiance is that? In the corner of Sveavägen and Odengatan, a…