A Visual History of Public Libraries

In a scrolling, hand-drawn and collaged article by CityLab’s Ariel Aberg-Riger, America’s beloved public library system is indexed from its origin as a “social” amenity for the wealthy and white to now. Currently, public libraries are battling a major federal funding cut under the administration. The public library system is designed to service all and it needs the support of local funding to do so. Because …

Sanitation Worker Creates Public Library from Discarded Books

Bogota-based Jose Alberto Gutierrez has been collecting discarded books for two decades. Hi collection—which is upwards of 20,000—is made up mostly of books he picked up during his rounds as a sanitation worker. Taking up a few rooms in his family’s home, the books are lent out to the community in an effort to encourage a passion for reading in low-income families. “Although poverty meant …