Where Should Obama's Presidential Library Be Built--And By Whom?

Barack Obama may still have three years left in his presidency, but the debate over his presidential library is already reaching fever pitch. Planning the outgoing POTUS' library is an extremely sweet gig, and it's already been assigned to one of Obama's advisors. Still up in the air, though, is where it will be… » 1/12/14 5:38pm 1/12/14 5:38pm

Scientific Data Is Disappearing All the Time

When a study gets published and its results enter our collective body of scientific knowledge it feels like it's there to stay. But without the raw data behind the study, it's hard to revisit the research and use it to take new ideas to the next level. Which is why it's such a problem that old data is disappearing. » 12/22/13 3:36pm 12/22/13 3:36pm

To Prevent Student Suicides, a Digitally-Inspired Screen Flecked with…

Since 2003, three students at New York University have jumped to their deaths from the atrium-facing staircases insides the university's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. » 8/29/12 9:00pm 8/29/12 9:00pm

Girl Leaves Laptop Open in Quiet Library, Porn Plays at Full Volume,…

We all watch porn. We all like porn. We don't all need to watch the porn we like in the library. In fact, we should never, ever, not ever try to—not even with headphones and in a distant corner of the stacks—because inevitably your cans will come unplugged and all of a sudden it's Ooooh! OH! Unnng Unng... YES! and… » 6/01/12 2:45am 6/01/12 2:45am

Phone Booths Reincarnated As Bookshelves Finally Make Phone Booths…

If you pay close attention to the streets of any city, you might notice the boxy, armored shields that house telephones. Yes! Phone booths still exist. Of course no one ever uses them because everyone has a cell phone but yet they still stand, like unwavering artificial trees. But what if we convert phone booths to… » 2/20/12 2:40pm 2/20/12 2:40pm

Get Free Kindle Books from Your Public Library

If you were worried that ebooks might kill off the public good of the library loaner, here's reason to worry a little less: Amazon's teamed up with 11,000 public libraries that'll beam books to your Kindle for free. » 9/21/11 9:47am 9/21/11 9:47am

A Towering Temple of Bookshelves for Books and Readers

This library in Japan is made with bookshelves. Which doesn't sound all that cool, right? A library in ordinary town, middle America has freaking bookshelves. But these bookshelves are 30 feet tall, line the walls and tower over the library. » 6/27/11 6:20pm 6/27/11 6:20pm

Google's Helping the British Library Digitize 250,000 Books

250,000 of the British Library's out-of-copyright books from 1700 to 1870 will be digitized by Google, both sides confirmed today. This means the whole world will get access to important tomes, pamphlets and periodicals spanning some 40 million pages, via Google Books and the British Library's website. » 6/20/11 6:50am 6/20/11 6:50am

Library Porn Lover Punched Out by Vigilante

Man, sometimes all you want is to just settle in at the library, fire up some internet porn, and have yourself a time. That's what Brooklynite Santiago Real had in mind before he was beat up by another patron. » 4/20/11 8:00pm 4/20/11 8:00pm

Soon You'll Be Borrowing Kindle Ebooks From Your Local Library

Amazon's announced—but not yet activated—a new service that will let you take out (read: download) ebooks from your local library and enjoy them on your Kindle or Kindle app. » 4/20/11 9:46am 4/20/11 9:46am

This Impossible Library Seems to be Upside Down

When I first saw this photo I thought it was really strange. For some reason, my brain didn't believe it was real. There's something impossible about it, as if it's upside down in space. But it's real. » 1/03/11 11:20am 1/03/11 11:20am

The Future of Libraries Doesn't Look So Hot, Thanks to "Book Vending…

I'm sad because I'm part of the problem—the last time I visited a library was to photocopy something. According to the WSJ, "the Amazon.com generation" is killing the humble library, with outdoor kiosks taking over. [WSJ] » 10/25/10 11:00am 10/25/10 11:00am

Let's Go Live In the Climbing Library

The secret stairs bookcase was clever and beautiful. This climbing library is clever and beautiful and comfy. Like the stair bookcase, you can go up and down, but you can also use it to lay down and read comfortably. » 8/04/10 11:00pm 8/04/10 11:00pm

Walking in Salman Rushdie's Digital Footsteps

The Salman Rushdie archive on display at Emory, with its handwritten journals and 18GB scattered across four Apple computers, is unlike any other—you can log in to a computer, search his folders, scan his Stickies, run his apps. » 3/16/10 9:48am 3/16/10 9:48am

Teen Hauled to Jail For Overdue Library DVD

What started as a routine traffic stop ended with a Colorado teen doing hard time. The offense? Not returning a "House of Flying Daggers" DVD to his local library. Come on, Colorado. You're better than that. » 3/09/10 4:00pm 3/09/10 4:00pm

Some Germans Built This Outdoor Library Out Of Beer Crates

This particular architectural gem could only come from Deutschland. It's an outdoor library partially constructed out of beer crates. Not surprising that they've been working on it since 2005 though, takes time to empty out the crates after all. » 10/30/09 12:20am 10/30/09 12:20am

Sony Virtual Library eBook Check Out Is Awesome, But Just a Little Too…

My favorite part of Sony's Reader announcement was probably Library Finder, powered by OverDrive, which lets you check out eBooks from your local library—and "thousands" have signed up—for free, direct to your reader. But there's a catch. » 8/25/09 11:11am 8/25/09 11:11am

America's Biggest Universities Build 78-Terabyte Library, Still Missing…

Today, 23 of the biggest public and private universities in California, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois and other states* announced a 2-million book online library made of 78 terabytes of information, 16 percent of which are free of copyright and ready for public consumption. Even though the press release says "public… » 10/13/08 10:30pm 10/13/08 10:30pm

RFID Robotic Chair Follows You Around For Constant Seating

Dutch designer Jelte van Geest's RFID-enabled robotic chair is for Openbare Bibliotheek Endhoven, and it's fantastic. What you do is swipe your RFID-enabled library card in front of the chair's sensor, which then follows you (or your card) around the library so you always have somewhere to sit. Once you cross a line… » 6/15/08 2:00pm 6/15/08 2:00pm

WoW Gamer Gets Busted for Using Library Wi-Fi After Hours

21-year old Brian Tanner got busted by the cops up in Palmer, Alaska for using the local library's free Wi-Fi to play World of Warcraft after the library had closed. Patrolling cops seized the poor guy's laptop and claimed that although the library provides free Wi-Fi, there are rules governing its use. Rules which… » 2/26/07 9:09am 2/26/07 9:09am