- 2017 Feb 17
Taking a Look at Library Hand
Examining the uniform, fastidiously neat penmanship style made specifically for card catalogs.
- 2017 Feb 14
A Library and Startup, Better Together
In Melbourne, Australia, a 160-year-old public library and a digital publishing startup are working to make the future of reading and writing.
- 2017 Feb 10
Ukraine Librarian Takes Russia to Court
Natalya Sharina, who has been under house arrest since 2015, faces what her lawyer calls "absurd" charges of extremism.
Librarians In the 21st Century
Literary Hub has launched a new biweekly column exploring "a profession that everybody knows but nobody understands."
- 2017 Feb 07
Librarians Fight Inaccurate News
Librarians are stepping into the breach to help students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives.
- 2016 Dec 19
A Library's Forgiveness
Sitting on the desk of an East Side Manhattan apartment was a copy of 'Gone With the Wind' that belonged to the Brooklyn Public Library, 57 years overdue.
- 2016 Dec 13
U.K. Library Closures Could Double
A further 340 closures are likely in the next five years, says librarians’ body, without government intervention to protect funding.
- 2016 Dec 09
Libraries Become Sites of Hate Crimes
Authorities say a spate of hate crimes targeting libraries, their books, or patrons is occuring—something rarely seen before.
- 2016 Dec 06
'Mockingbird' Banned in Va.
Accomack County has suspended Harper Lee’s novel and 'Huckleberry Finn' from classrooms and libraries after a parent’s complaint.
- 2016 Nov 30
Hate Speech in the Library
A public library in Illinois found that some of their copies of the Quran and other Islam-centered titles have been vandalized with hate speech.
- 2016 Nov 14
U.K. School Library Closures
In an open letter, children's laureates demand that the U.K. government investigate school library closures.
- 2016 Nov 01
Librarian Founds First Black Book Box
Purdue University librarian Jamillah Gabriel will launch a monthly literature subscription box, Call Number, dedicated to works by black authors.
- 2016 Oct 27
The Oldest Library's Newest Chapter
Established in 859 CE, Morocco’s al-Qarawiyyin Library will soon reopen to the public with architectural details for the 21st century.
- 2016 Oct 26
Roth's Books Come Home
Philip Roth has given the Newark Public Library his book collection, to be commemorated on Oct. 27 at the inaugural Philip Roth Lecture by Zadie Smith.
- 2016 Oct 20
The Library is Dead. Long May It Live!
Properly maintained public libraries empower minority communities by providing access to, and training in, modern technologies.
- 2016 Oct 07
How Libraries Save Lives
One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.
- 2016 Oct 06
How Libraries Save Lives
One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.
- 2016 Aug 19
Corbyn Backs National Libraries
The U.K. Labour leader has pledged his “100% support” to a demonstration highlighting the struggles of Britain's public library service.
- 2016 Aug 08
Celebrating Harry's 20th Birthday
The British Library will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' with an exhibition.
- 2016 Jul 26
A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian
As the way people access information changes, librarians are exploring ways to make their jobs newly relevant.
- 2016 Jul 20
Make America Read Again
John Harris, a librarian working in a neighborhood in Cleveland, went to the Republican National Convention to hand out books.
- 2016 Jul 15
Where Books Are All But Nonexistent
In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a child to find something to read in the summer.
- 2016 Jul 12
#BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens
In the wake of the killings of two black men by police last week, a librarian created a teen reading list.
- 2016 Jul 07
World's Oldest Library Reopens
In Fez, Morocco, the aisles of the world’s oldest working library at the al-Qarawiyyin University are again open for browsing.
- 2016 May 23
Restoring the Ancient Qarawiyyin Library
The library in Fez, Morocco, is one of the world's oldest, dating to the 10th century when it was founded by a pioneering woman.
- 2016 Apr 19
The Case of the Overdue Library Book
A couple is facing jail time for not returning "A Hatful of Seuss."
- 2016 Mar 29
How Librarians Can Save the Internet
Find out how librarians can help support a free, fair, and open Internet infrastructure.
- 2016 Mar 22
UK Authors to Get Library Payments
Due to an accounting error, UK authors will receive additional library lending payments.
- 2016 Feb 26
Five Inspiring Books for Librarians
Check out five titles that shaped the career of a library science student, including 'The Time Traveler's Wife.'
- 2016 Feb 22
Adult Coloring Books Hit NYC Libraries
Amid the popularity of adult coloring books, the New York Public Library is now hosting coloring workshops in over 19 branches.
- 2016 Feb 08
Karin Slaughter Defends Libraries
The bestselling crime writer is campaigning to save libraries from funding cuts in both the U.S. and the U.K.
- 2016 Jan 21
Life Lessons Learned At a Library
Libraries introduce readers to a wider world through books, and here are four essential lessons learned by a loyal patron.
- 2016 Jan 06
NYPL's Digital Dive
The New York Public Library is offering nearly 200,000 public-domain items from its special collections in downloadable hi-res files.
- 2015 Dec 15
NYPL Appoints New Director
William P. Kelly will begin his tenure as the New York Public Library's director of the research libraries in January 2016.
- 2015 Nov 16
New York Public Library Goes Underground
The library is expanding and updating one of the most sophisticated book storage systems in the world, 17 feet below ground.
- 2015 Nov 04
America's Top Libraries 2015
The results of the eighth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service are in, naming 261 star libraries.
- 2015 Nov 03
Story Time in High Demand
Library story times are drawing huge crowds.
- 2015 Nov 02
Shaq Goes to the Library
The New York Public Library got a visit from Shaquille O'Neal who talked about his new children's book 'Little Shaq.'
- 2015 Oct 27
What Libraries Can Still Do
Technology is taking its toll on public libraries, but people continue to gather at their tables, with or without electronic devices.
- 2015 Oct 26
A Library-Inspired Short Film
Director Jason LaMotte was inspired to make the new film 'The Library' by his neighborhood library in Houston, Texas.
- 2015 Oct 05
Why One Librarian Banned a Book
"I wanted to show how arbitrary bans could be—and why we need to protect free speech."
- 2015 Sep 16
Isaacson Passes on Librarian Post
Politico reports that people close to the White House approached Walter Isaacson about serving as the next Librarian of Congress, but Isaacson took himself out of the running.
- 2015 Sep 08
Most Popular Books, Mapped by City
Quartz has mapped the books that top checkout lists at libraries across the country.
- 2015 Sep 02
E-Book Authors Wanted in Oregon Library
Multnomah County Library is inviting local e-book authors who have library memberships to submit their work for the system's electronic book collection.
- 2015 Aug 20
Books by the Pound
A 50-pound suitcase of books was delivered to South African preschoolers care of some kind people.
- 2015 Aug 06
Library Helps Readers Find Self-Help
Sacramento Public Library comes up with a way to give readers more privacy as they search for books on self-help topics.
- 2015 Jul 02
LGBT Books Under Fire in Texas
Dozens of community members have demanded that 'My Princess Boy' and 'This Day in June' be either banned from the Hood County Library or moved out of the children's section.
- 2015 Jul 01
Kafka Manuscripts to National Library
An Israeli court has stripped an Israeli family of a collection of Franz Kafka manuscripts, ruling that they be transferred to the country's National Library.
- 2015 Jun 26
Charleston Library Renamed for Victim
The library in Charleston managed by Cynthia Graham Hurd before she was killed in last week’s Emanuel AME church shootings is being renamed in her honor.
- 2015 Jun 24
Yale Saving Chipotle Cups
Yale’s rare-book library has acquired a complete set of the Chipotle “Cultivating Thought” series—the series of short, “two-minute” essays and stories printed on the side of the company’s disposable paper goods.
- 2015 Jun 23
Libraries Protest E-book Prices
With markups of up to five times retail price, libraries say they can't afford a good range of content.
- 2015 Jun 09
Authors Sign for NYC Library Funds
Nearly 70 prominent authors, writers, scholars, artists and city leaders have signed a letter, which appears in a full-page 'New York Times' ad, calling on New York City to reverse years of budget cuts and improve funding for its public libraries.
- 2015 May 29
The New York Public Library's quirkiest inquiries.
- 2015 May 19
Libraries Are Good For Test Scores
A study shows that school libraries have positive impact on test scores.
- 2015 May 07
A Long Way From Wax Cylinders
The Library of Congress slowly joins the digital age.
- 2015 May 04
Judy Blume Makes Plea to de Blasio
The author calls the restoration of New York City's library budget a "no-brainer."
- 2015 Apr 30
NYPL Calls on Blume
The New York Public Library has enlisted author Judy Blume to encourage its patrons to push Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to allocate more funding toward city libraries.
- 2015 Apr 29
Libraries Make Space for 3-D Printers
At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY "maker spaces."
- 2015 Apr 24
Denying NYC Libraries the Fuel They Need
"Over the last decade, they have not gotten anywhere near the kind of capital funding enjoyed by sports teams," writes Jim Dwyer, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Apr 13
Diversity Lives for Certain Books
The AP looks at the ALA's just-released list of books most likely to be censored by schools and libraries.
- 2015 Apr 10
The Best New Libraries in the U.S.
The American Institute of Architects, partnering with the American Library Association, chose these six buildings as the best libraries built in 2014 and awarded them the 2015 Library Building Awards.
- 2015 Mar 25
Library Scraps Used Book Buying Program
The Toronto Public Library is ending a fledgling program to buy used books for its collection after authors complained that they were missing out on royalties and the pilot project proved disappointing.
- 2015 Mar 12
Japanese Library Restores What Was Lost
The city of Rikuzentaka in Japan was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that ripped through the area in 2011. But in the years that have passed since, efforts to restore the widely beloved library have begun.
- 2015 Mar 05
The Books of 'Mad Men'
In honor of the show's final season, the New York Public Library is featuring its 'Mad Men' reading list, a collection of 25 titles read by characters throughout the series.
- 2015 Feb 17
Princeton Gifted $300M in Rare Books
A Princeton University alum has bequeathed to the school his collection of 2,500 rare books worth an estimated worth of $300 million - the largest single donation in the school's history, officials said.
- 2015 Feb 03
Knight Returns Book at 65 Years
A British Knight of the Realm who borrowed a library book 65 years ago has finally returned it—with a $2,200 donation to cover the fine.
- 2015 Feb 02
Fire at Moscow Library
A major fire that threatened to consume one of Russia’s most important libraries was finally put out late Saturday, but scholars are only beginning to assess the damage from the flames, smoke and water.
- 2015 Jan 27
The Library, Illuminated Anew
A new show at Mass MoCA, “Bibliotecaphilia,” explores libraries and their continued relevance.
- 2015 Jan 15
15 Gorgeous Little Free Libraries
Mental Floss has gathered some of the best photos of the mini libraries.
- 2015 Jan 12
NYC Libraries Pioneer Hot Spot Lending
The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents.
- 2015 Jan 07
U. of C. Makes Proposal
About 20 acres: That's how much parkland the University of Chicago is offering to Obama presidential library planners.
- 2015 Jan 05
The Future of Libraries
In a digital age that has left book publishers reeling, libraries in the world’s major cities seem poised for a comeback, though it’s one that has very little to do with books.
- 2014 Dec 05
NYC Libraries to 'Check Out' Internet
New York City is expanding a program that allows local residents with a library card to take home broadband Internet hotspots—sometimes for up to a year.
- 2014 Dec 03
$300k In Donations to Ferguson Library
More than 10,000 people have demonstrated their support for the community in donations to the public library, adding up to over $300,000.
- 2014 Nov 26
Ferguson Library Stays Open
In the tumultuous aftermath of the announcement Monday evening of a Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in August, many public services in the area have shut down. But not the Ferguson Municipal Library.
- 2014 Nov 25
García Márquez Archive Heads to Texas
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of the late Nobel Prize-winning author, Gabriel García Márquez.
- 2014 Nov 17
Love Letters to Libraries
Ten classic quotes about libraries, from Ray Bradbury to Virginia Woolf.
- 2014 Nov 11
Screen Time at the Library
A mother writes about how her son loves the library for the wrong reasons.
- 2014 Nov 10
NYPL Searches for Reno Inspiration
After scrapping its original renovation plan, which had sparked fierce public opposition, the New York Public Library says it is doing things differently.
- 2014 Sep 08
Checking Out America's Libraries
Infographics with factoids about the more than 120,000 libraries in the U.S.
- 2014 Sep 03
Unusual and Beautiful Libraries
Photographer Robert Dawson spent 18 years traveling across the United States to capture hundreds of public libraries.
- 2014 Sep 02
Libraries: A place for authors?
Increasingly one of the library's services is helping authors.
Common Core, State by State
The AP offers a 50-state look at how Common Core is playing out across the country.
- 2014 Aug 28
Oldest U.S. Public Library Could Close
For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 in Darby, Pa. by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting down by the end of the year.
D.C. Library Hires Social Worker
Jean Badalamenti is the D.C. Public Library’s health and human services coordinator, a new position which will see her working with homeless library patrons.
- 2014 Aug 21
Trouble in Queens
A hint of scandal embroils the borough's library’s leaders.
- 2014 Aug 19
World's Most Spectacular Libraries
A showcase of libraries, from the ancient to those built in the new millennium.
- 2014 Aug 18
What the 'Death of the Library' Means
These are things that cannot be replaced by mere technology — not even a fully-loaded Kindle Fire.
- 2014 Aug 15
Books on Wheels
A couple in Tehran have turned their cab into a rolling library.
- 2014 Aug 14
'Cameron Post' Removal Essay Contest
The NCAC is sponsoring an essay contest for students to speak about the removal of books from a Deleware school's reading list.
- 2014 Jul 15
The Nourishing Quality of Books
The effects of a "Little Free Library" on one community in Chicago.
- 2014 Jul 08
How to Properly Shelve Books
"The Atlantic" offers instruction on the art and science of shelving books.
- 2014 Jul 03
Brooklyn Library Lacks Funds for Repairs
Brooklyn Public Library's central branch may be a staple for locals, a required destination for students, and a must-see for tourists, but a closer look will reveal that the circa-1940s building is in desperate need of repairs.
- 2014 Jul 01
7 Surprises About Libraries
Lee Rainie shares unexpected results from The Pew Research Center’s studies about libraries.
- 2014 Jun 24
Librarian Maps Out Your Summer Reading
If you like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help.
- 2014 Jun 02
NYPL Reveals Details of Upgrade
The New York Public Library’s revised renovation plan — to upgrade the Mid-Manhattan Library and create more public space in its flagship Fifth Avenue building — is expected to cost about $300 million.
- 2014 May 19
Why Libraries Matter
This short documentary reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
- 2014 May 13
The NYPL Comes Around
Caleb Crain on the New York Public Library's scuttled renovation plan.
- 2014 May 02
Library Cheat Sheet
Every wonder how they do it? How libraries big and small organize all that material? This handy visual peeks into the brain of a librarian.
- 2014 Apr 30
Libraries Star in Coldplay Lyrics Hunt
Coldplay has hidden lyrics from the songs of its upcoming album in libraries around the world as part of a scavenger hunt for fans.