Lacuna is a public art space and library that is re-thinking the way we interact with physical books

Later this year, The Bay Area Book Festival will be home to Lacuna, the world’s first ever library made-up entirely of books. With over 50,000 books composing its walls and a thatch roof constructed from actual pages, the art project is meant to encourage dialogue and serve as a “catalyst for education.”

All of Lacuna’s books have been donated by the Internet Archive, a company which has already transferred all of the books’ contents to a digital database. Those chosen to line the library’s walls have been hand selected by volunteers to convey unique stories and perspectives, and will re-emphasize the importance of the physical books themselves.

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