Calvino would be proud

Originally uploaded by Librarienne.
And there’s more above the viewable portion of this picture! This is the new library facility at UIUC – all the not-so-frequently-used books come here, vacuum packed, boxed, and barcoded. The room stays at 50 degrees, and a big creepy Jurassic Park style crane ascends and descends the shelves in order to file the books away. It brought to mind the publishing house of Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, or perhaps Borges’ Library of Babel. Think of all those words in all those books… what a defeaning roar of voices this room has quietly tucked away.

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