Outdoor Reading

Let’s hope that the weather will warm up, and we’ll be able to go for the usual long walks (on the beach or maybe not), and some of us will also want to be able to read outside. But there’s something you may not have tried — browsing for books outside!

And, yes, there are libraries and bookstores operate in the open air, perfect for those bookworms who prefer gentle breezes to that typical bookstore musk. Here are some of the most beautiful outdoor libraries from around the world.

Bookyard, an outdoor library in Ghent built by Massimo Bartolini.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration in 2010, IKEA created a giant outdoor library on Sydney’s Bondi Beach and invited beachgoers to trade in one of their own books or pick a new favorite for a donation.

This free outdoor library in Yekaterinburg, Russia opens in the city center every summer.

The Levinski Garden Library, in Tel Aviv.

A tiny outdoor library in a park in Überlingen, Germany.

The Honesty Bookshop in the legendary bookshop town of Hay-on-Wye, in Wales.

An outdoor library in Linz, Austria.

Boston’s Brattle Book Shop.

Bart’s Books, the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the US, located in Ojai, California.

An open-air library in Magdeburg, Germany, built with prefabricated pieces from a demolished building by members of the community.

An amazing bookstore in Leiden, South Holland.

Les bouquinistes — bookstalls along the Seine in Paris, which line more than three miles of the riverbank.

Outdoor library in Madrid.

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4 thoughts on “Outdoor Reading

  1. Outdoor bookshops look incredible to me, but I have the fear of inclement weather in the back of my mind. If I ran one of these, I’d be hovering by the tables with a tarp the entire day.

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