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“Fascinating. . . . A valuable visual culture book that doubles as a travel resource.” 
(Los Angeles Times)

“Stunning.”
(Maclean’s)

"Spirited."
(San Francisco Chronicle)

“Beautifully depicts the fun side of libraries. . . . The photos in Improbable Libraries give a glimpse at a present, and hopefully a future, in which libraries remain at the heart of our shared literary culture.”
(Huffington Post)

"Johnson, the son of librarians, is an exuberant guide."
(Boston Globe)

Improbable Libraries is definitely a labor of love for literature, and offers a global perspective on how essential access to books is in bringing communities vibrancy and education. It’s engaging to flip through the pages and discover unexpected projects. . . . While the DIY and individual-driven libraries Johnson highlights are inspiring, it’s also essential that he locates them in the contemporary context of why they are needed in places underserved or ignored by institutions.” 
(Hyperallergic)

“Fascinating. . . . Underscores the importance of books, no matter where a reader lives.”
(Christian Science Monitor)

“This delightful book will give bibliophiles everywhere ideas for how to exhibit their collection as well as add some destinations to their bucket list. A great option for the children’s room, too.”
(Library Journal)

About the Author

Alex Johnson is a journalist at the UK's Independent newspaper and editorial consultant for several charities. He lives with his wife and three children in St Albans, UK. Both of his parents are librarians.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (April 16, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022626369X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226263694
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sheer delight in reading and a captivating collection of photos of global libraries, reaching into the tiniest of spaces to a vast landscape covered in books. Each one a love story in the making, a desire to get more books into more hands is what ignites the soul for so many around the world. Author Alex Johnson takes us by the hand and shows us what he has discovered. It's a lovely adventure to embark on all from the comfort of a perfectly sized book.
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A delightful small book with beautiful photos and stories of unlikely libraries world-wide. When someone has a will to provide a library, there is always a way. It is also a good reminder of what can be done on the honor system.
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To read such a passionate look into 'improbable libraries' around the world makes this teacher/librarian's heart sore.
A beautiful portrayal covering an International movement.
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