When was the last time you hugged a librarian?

Library Lightning Round

Column by Peter Derk September 14, 2021
Bed bugs, books 50 years overdue, and why saying you love books won't get you a library job.

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Local Library For Library Lovers' Month

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
February is Library Lovers' Month! To help you celebrate, we've got six tips for showing your local library some appreciation.

The 3 Worst Duties I Performed As A Librarian

Column by Peter Derk June 25, 2019
At the end of a 15-year librarian stint, which 3 moments stick out the most?

Library Love: April Showers Bring...Wet Books?!?

Column by Stephanie Bonjack April 17, 2019
That wonderful spring rain somehow made it through your roof and onto your book collection. Don't freak out - take action! Here are some pointers on how to save your babies.

Library Love: Seed Libraries

Column by Stephanie Bonjack March 27, 2019
Seed libraries are the coolest oldest newest way to gain access to the biodiversity in your region.

Baby Come Back...To Your Library

Column by Peter Derk
Let's stop playing "Separate Ways (World Apart)" and get back to "Lovin', Touchin,' Squeezin'."

Library Love: Love Letters to the Library

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
It's easy to forget the many ways libraries make an impact on the lives of others. Here are just a few.

Library Love: The Future is Open

Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 2, 2018
Open Access is a movement that seeks to circumvent barriers preventing access to information. Think traditional publishing is the only way to go? Think again.

Library Love: Voices of Dead Authors

Column by Stephanie Bonjack July 12, 2018
It is surprisingly easy to find recordings of your favorite authors. Even those who are no longer with us.

Library Love: Old Books Make Me Feel Fancy!

Column by Stephanie Bonjack March 19, 2018
Chances are, there are rare books on a library shelf near you. Throw on your sweater with the elbow patches and check them out!!!

Library Love: I Left My Heart in the Book Drop

Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 19, 2017
Book drops are the library furniture you never notice but always use.

Library Love: Unemployment Edition

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Libraries are a great resource when you're looking for a job.

Library Love: Little Free Libraries

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Little Free Libraries are maybe the best thing since sliced bread.

Library Love: Where Do Books Go When They Die?

Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 17, 2016
Some books, actually a lot of them, have an expiration date.

Library Love: Incunabula – Dracula’s Bookshelf

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Incunabula are the earliest known printed books. They tell the tale of power and greed, invention and creative expression. There's also mention of Dracula.

Library Love: The Jedi Are The Best Library Patrons In The Universe

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Of course the Jedi would have amazing archives!

Library Love: A Rough Timeline of Lost Libraries

Column by Leah Dearborn November 17, 2015
From Iraq to Los Angeles, countless libraries have been lost to war, fire, and “progress.”
Little Free Libraries

Crime Beat: Books Gone Missing From Little Free Libraries

News by Peter Derk July 20, 2015
What's the difference between borrowing and stealing from a Little Free Library?
David Byrne

Check Out Books From David Byrne's Personal Library

News by Peter Derk
David Byrne's personal library available for checkout at Southbank Meltdown Festival

Library Love: Go Forth and Wiki!

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Make Wikipedia the resource you want it to be. Participate in a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon!

Library Love: Do Fines Lock Readers Out of Libraries?

Column by Leah Dearborn December 10, 2014
Over the last several years, libraries across the country have started to eliminate or reduce fines for overdue books. Is this good or bad?

Library Love: America’s Athenaeums

Column by Leah Dearborn April 7, 2014
Today's athenaeums are based on a four-thousand-year-old idea: that reading can be a social activity, and one that is necessary for the advancement of civilization.

Library Love: Weed Your Library!

Column by Stephanie Bonjack November 20, 2013
Weeding isn't just for gardeners - librarians routinely cull the stacks to keep them relevant and usable. Try these techniques with your own collections and marvel at your librarian handiwork.

Library Love: MOOCs – An Ivy League Education For The Masses

Column by Stephanie Bonjack July 11, 2013
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the new big thing in higher education. Learn a new subject or sharpen the old saw with instructors from around the world.

Library Love: Anatomy Of The Book

Column by Stephanie Bonjack May 8, 2013
Books are the coolest things ever, even as physical objects.