The Library Was reimagines the function, aesthetic and culture of the library in thecontext of an austerity-stricken future. The book includes interviews with London based library enthusiasts, a profile of the revolutionary Cuban librarian Marta Terry González, a reassessment of The Five Laws of Library Science (as they do and don’t apply to the collection of contemporary zines) and an account of the stolen library of the late Saudi novelist Abd al-Rahman Munif. It also describes the work of a semifictional group of readers and activists called The Library of Aimless Yet Meaningful Pursuit. Contributors to this publication include zine specialist Leila Kassir; publishing house and artists’ collective Fehras Publishing Practices; reader, writer and researcher Hudda Khaireh; and Rianna Jade Parker, founder of the artists’ collective The Lonely Londoners. The author, OOMK, is an art collective and biannual publication run by Heiba Lamara, Sofia Niazi and Rose Nordin.
6 x 9 ½ in. / 44 pp
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