The Reanimation Library

by Emma

The Reanimation Library is a small, independent Presence Library open to the public. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and been acquired for their visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles, and given new life as a resource for artists, writers, cultural archeologists, and other interested parties. http://www.reanimationlibrary.org

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One Comment to “The Reanimation Library”

  1. So the folks behind the library are “image archaeologists…committed to building a collection of materials that are rich in visual information regardless of the currency of their textual information” per http://www.reanimationlibrary.org/pages/overview.htm . I love the idea that there’s value in informational landfill…”refuse”, reuse, recycle, if you will.

    As long as we’re talking alt-libraries, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of The Brautigan Library ( http://www.thebrautiganlibrary.org ). It was in operation here in Burlington, VT till the mid-’90s (now residing in a museum in Washington state), but it was dedicated to giving a home to unpublished work. Of course, now that we have the Internet, you could say that this medium is one big World-Wide Brautigan Library…

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