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'Improbable Libraries' a fascinating trek among the stacks
'Improbable Libraries' a fascinating trek among the stacks

In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books. "Libraries have a long history of overcoming geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the written word to an audience," writes Alex Johnson, a journalist at the U.K. newspaper the Independent, in the introduction to his fascinating new book, "Improbable Libraries." Johnson should know — both of his parents are librarians. He spent the last few years documenting what he calls "the new library revolution." "Regardless of the ultimate fate of the printed book," he writes, "reports of the imminent death of the library as...

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