- 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 $300 million.
- 2014 May 19
Why Libraries Matter
This short documentary reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
- 2014 May 13
The NYPL Comes Around
Caleb Crain on the New York Public Library's scuttled renovation plan.
- 2014 May 02
Library Cheat Sheet
Every wonder how they do it? How libraries big and small organize all that material? This handy visual peeks into the brain of a librarian.
- 2014 Apr 30
Libraries Star in Coldplay Lyrics Hunt
Coldplay has hidden lyrics from the songs of its upcoming album in libraries around the world as part of a scavenger hunt for fans.
- 2014 Apr 24
Library Trips as Good as a Raise
Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.'s Department for Culture, Media & Sport.
- 2014 Apr 23
What Will Become of the Library?
How it will evolve as the world goes digital, from Slate.
- 2014 Apr 22
Brownsville Library Still Treasured
An article on the Brownsville Library, which is a century old this year.
- 2014 Mar 21
7 Million Books for UNC Libraries
Not every library gets to celebrate its millionth book. On Thursday, UNC had that opportunity for the seventh time. Chancellor Carol Folt accepted the seventh millionth addition to the Wilson Library collection in a ceremony in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center.
- 2014 Mar 20
Miami Library Cuts
The Miami library system is facing budget cuts.
- 2014 Mar 12
World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries
Fodor's gathered 20 of the world’s most stunning libraries, from a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains of South Korea to the modern incarnation of the legendary library of Ancient Alexandria.
- 2014 Mar 10
Breaking Out of the Library Mold
The Boston Public Library, which was founded in 1848 and is the oldest public urban library in the country, has a major renovation underway. The Copley Square institution is breaking out of its granite shell to show an airier, more welcoming side to the passing multitudes.
- 2014 Feb 13
Librarians in an Electronic World
In a digital age, we need librarians more than ever to help sort through it all. Libraries of the future shouldn’t be bookless because, like endangered species, the nondigitized physical texts of the past, and the ones that are still being printed, need a protected space.
- 2014 Jan 16
Books Go Online for Free in Norway
The National Library of Norway is putting more than 135,000 copyright-protected books online for free – and is paying authors and publishers.
- 2014 Jan 15
'Lean In' & 'Gone Girl' Top at the NYPL
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In was the most frequently checked-out nonfiction book in 2013 by patrons of the New York Public Library. Gillian Flynn's thriller, Gone Girl, was the top circulating fiction title, according to the library’s list, which was released Tuesday.
- 2013 Dec 19
Looting of a 16th Century Library
Book-lovers around the world have been helping investigators trace thousands of rare volumes looted from one of Italy's oldest libraries by a gang of thieves including the librarian himself. While most have been recovered, a number of invaluable 15th and 16th century books are still missing.
- 2013 Aug 28
A librarian at the Hudson Falls Public Library requests that 9-year-old 'step aside' from reading contest because he keeps winning.
- 2013 Aug 12
Seattle Melds Biking and Books
The Seattle Public Library has launched an innovative new program called "books on bikes," through which librarians cycle, with mobile libraries, to oversee pop-up locations.
- 2013 Aug 01
Ms. Pac Man at the Library
A librarian installs a Ms. Pac Man arcade game at the Chattanooga Public Library.
- 2013 Jun 12
Pullman on E-book Library Loans
The writer of His Dark Materials leads a new campaign to address 'underpayment' of writers for digital loans.
- 2013 Jun 11
Seattle Library Does Books on Bikes
A small group of Seattle Public Library (SPL) staff will be pedaling—and peddling—books on the pavement this summer, thanks to the new Books on Bikes pilot program.
- 2013 Jun 06
Library Breaks Book Domino Record
2,131 books, 27 volunteers, 112 slices of pizza.
- 2013 May 15
Library's Future Not an Open Book
How libraries are recasting themselves.
- 2013 May 09
5 Great Books About Libraries
Josh Hanagarne, author of PW Pick The World's Strongest Librarian, picks his five favorite books about libraries.
- 2013 Apr 22
Librarians Navigating the Digital Rev.
"Libraries are in the midst of a digital revolution that we will be navigating for years to come."
- 2013 Apr 09
Library in a Shipping Container
Welcome to The Amin Library in Batu, Indonesia, a new eight-room public library and clinic designed by dpavilion architects and made entirely out of recycled shipping containers
- 2013 Apr 08
Spell decades of labor for libraries.
- 2013 Apr 05
The Most Beautiful Libraries Ever Built
- 2013 Mar 29
Libraries Become Publishing Portals?
Mark Coker: "Libraries are developing community publishing initiatives in partnership with self-published e-book authors."
- 2013 Mar 27
Mass Launches State-Wide Digital Library
Last week the Massachusetts Library System put out an RFP for a new statewide library e-book program.
- 2013 Mar 05
Publisher Drops Librarian Lawsuit
A U.S.-based publishing company says it is dropping at least one of its lawsuits against a McMaster librarian after scholars across North America came to his defense.
- 2013 Mar 04
Rem Koolhass Goes Back to the Library
The team behind the Seattle Central Library will design the National Library in Qatar.
- 2013 Feb 05
D.P. Library Bookstore To Reopen
The Friends of the Dana Point Library and the Orange County public library system have reached agreement on a licensing contract that allows the nonprofit group to reopen its bookstore at the library, which had been shuttered since Nov. 1.
- 2013 Jan 31
Bring Back Shushing Librarians
Salon: Library users plead for quiet places to read, write and study — but is anybody listening?
- 2013 Jan 23
Nova Scotia Libraries Test E Sharing
A consortium of Nova Scotian universities is testing a pilot inter-library e-book lending service that is being touted as a "breakthrough for academic libraries in North America."
- 2013 Jan 14
The First Bookless Library
The library hopes to secure at least $250,000 to acquire the first 10,000 titles. There will also be 100 e-readers available for checkout.
- 2013 Jan 02
Do We Still Need Libraries?
The NYT Debate.
- 2012 Nov 13
Kansas Library Targets E-book Policies
The Kansas State Library has launched a social-media campaign against what it says are unfair practices to keep bestselling electronic books out of the hands of libraries and their patrons.
- 2012 Oct 19
RH Repeats: Libraries Own Their E-books
Library Journal gets Random House on record, again, stating that libraries own their e-books.