The London Design Festival is taking over the capital for the 15th year right now and that means weird and wonderful art installations popping up all over the city. From playcastles to light shows, design trails and everything in between what caught out eye is the micro library on London’s South Bank.
This month London’s South Bank will be host to a micro-cabin of literature; the smallest library in the capital, measuring a rather tiny 3.5 square metres. The library will be home to books telling the story of London’s rich history covering everything from ancient tomes to modern day classics that reflect the city and its history.
Of all the London Design Festival’s exhibits, this is sure to garner the most attention from both history lovers and book lovers and if you come into the latter category then there’s even more exciting news. From September 20th to 24th, Londoners will be able to head into the tiny library as it becomes a little free library. Take an book along with you, anything you’ve already read and swap it for some of the library’s London themed books.
When the event is finished, all books handed in will be donated to local colleges and libraries!
The Mini-Living Urban Cabin will be at Oxo Tower Wharf Courtyard between September 16th and 24th, then from 20th to 24th the book swap will take place.
Information and pictures from Timeout
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