Library information desk

This desk is made of recycled books. These pictures don’t do justice to how lovely it looks : very tactile and appealing. TU Delft architecture bibliotheek

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  1. brokenstraw - September 14, 2010

    this is not recycling, this is reusing, or repurposing. The definition of recycling is that spent materials are collected, broken down into their component raw materials and remanufactured into new items, be it the same as the original (aluminum cans to aluminum cans) or something completely different (paper to toilet paper or cardboard) Reusing means to take something that has been used once, and… re-use it (like re-filling glass bottles, with usually more of the same contents) or to take that thing, and make or do something with it other than its original function (LIKE MAKING A LIBRARY DESK OUT OF BOOKS) For gods sake people, more power to you, but there is an ocean of difference between recycling and reusing.

  2. Jack - September 14, 2010

    Thats beautiful!

    What a tart!

  3. Crash - September 14, 2010

    To Brokenstraw – in the words of Srgt. Hulka from Stripes, “Lighten up, Francis.”

  4. Eduard Burt, D.C., MUAC - September 14, 2010

    Very creative concept. This desk actually has the looks and functionality.
    Thumbs Up :)

  5. sally sue - September 14, 2010

    Very cool but as a librarian, it’d be cooler if you could read the book titles.

  6. Wendy Tan - September 14, 2010

    Might I ask if you are sure those books are repurposed? I use to work at this university. According to the library staff I asked when we first moved in to the new premises. These books were purchased, new and then made into those counters. I was at the fire and nothing much could be salvaged other than the chair collection and archives from the basement. The old library was on the ground floor, which was devastated from fighting the fire. I would really check with the designer/school before posting this.

  7. Cyndy Oligny - September 14, 2010

    maybe ^brokenstraw could repurpose some of that knowledge to make a positve comment about this creative green desk. Lighten Up.

  8. practicinghuman - September 14, 2010

    Actually this desk is a prime example of up-cycling because of the reuse and the value added to the old books.

  9. feeder_goldfish - September 14, 2010

    It’s so lovely! At first I wondered, like sally sue, why they didn’t make the titles face out. Then, I imagined folks thinking, “Hmm… that looks interesting. I’ll just give it a little tug.” :)

    And I must disagree with brokenstraw. Although this is a fine example of reuse, these books have also been recycled. In the words of Merriam Webster, “to adapt to a new use”.

    This article led me to another interesting piece of stacked-book architecture: . These books were borrowed for the installation and then returned to the library!

  10. pamela @vampiresmitten - September 14, 2010


  11. phil - September 14, 2010

    puts a new twist on reading at the circ desk..;)

  12. Penny - September 15, 2010

    This bookshop in Melbourne, Australia has had a counter made out of books since 2007

  13. Green Design - September 15, 2010

    Library with too many books can always use this idea to create a cool desk

  14. Jim A - September 15, 2010

    On the contrary sally sue, you want to make sure that the spines AREN’T visible to the patrons. Otherwise you’ll have people who desperately want to check out some of the books and will be angry when they discover that they can’t since that book has been glued in place and either the other copies are checked out or the title has been excessed.

  15. Ocalla H Harper - September 15, 2010

    This is genius and very interesting! I enjoyed this very much. Ocalla H Harper

  16. Rezmason - September 15, 2010

    It’s beautiful, but isn’t it kind of heavy? Not that I’m a book expert. Or a heavy expert.

  17. FGA - September 15, 2010

    Great idea! I archived pictures.

  18. Alita340 - September 15, 2010

    Great idea! Art&recycle!

  19. terry - September 15, 2010

    I notice the books are stacked such that the binding and title are not visible to one visiting the desk. I would be irritated if the one book I wanted was inaccessible near the middle or bottom of this desk.

    Sure hope it’s been fireproofed too. I’m thinking “Fahrenheit 451″ but then libraries tend to be non-smoking. Never mind.

  20. Ryan S. - September 16, 2010

    Love the targeted re-purposing (ie, reuse books in a library). Reminds me of this Etsy seller who makes reading lights out of old books, which is also reusing books in your reading activity.

  21. Shawn - September 16, 2010

    Not quite as functional, but we made a Christmas tree with books last year at our library.

    Oh, we put the books back in the collection after the holiday. So not really repurposed either?

  22. Paul - September 16, 2010

    Link to the designer:

  23. Phil Young - September 16, 2010

    They seem rather clean and new to be reused.
    To Wendy Tan: If they were bought specifically to make an “arty-farty” desk then I would condemn them for wasting books as I’m sure it would take a damn sight less chipboard (from recycled wood) than it has books.
    To brokenstraw: Who’s to say they haven’t been recycled into rather arty boards designed to look like books? 😉

  24. Lesley Potts - September 16, 2010

    I agree with sally sue, titles would be cooler, and stop beating up on brokenstraw. It drives me crazy when people get the meaning of a word or phrase all wrong and then gripe when they’re corrected. So, lighten up yourselves.

    And the desk looks fantastic, but if it’s made of new books bought for the purpose of desk-making instead of actual used books, that’s a bit of a letdown, in my opinion.

  25. TJ Titus - September 16, 2010

    What a great idea! A perfect use for discarded library books!
    Retired Librarian

  26. ShelleyMcD - September 17, 2010

    For all you who are worried that these may be “new” books: I can assure you, especially from those of us working in professional libraries, those books are “used”, to the extent that they are out of date and have been replaced. Some may be only a few years old, and some may be decades, but the hardbound books in our law library get light use, and would be perfect for this project! I’m sad that I’ve been wasting time removing covers and bindings to recycle, when I could have been saving up for a project like this! I’m thinking I can have enough for a lectern in a matter of months . . . And by using the paper edge instead of the binding, there is a more uniform, professional, finish. Otherwise, the bindings would look like a crazy quilt!

  27. victor - September 18, 2010

    Se ve de pocamadre!

  28. Stella - September 18, 2010

    It’s reusing, not recycling, and not too practical BTW.
    It’s a huge attractor of dust , which makes it a perfect breeding ground for dust mites (acarus) many people are allergic to. That means insecticides will have to be used periodically, which in its turn is harmful for the environment and health.
    All in all, a rather pointless design.

  29. nyyanks78914 - September 19, 2010

    @ Brokenstraw. the fact that you would turn this post of a help desk made out of books into a lesson on recycling is ridiculous and shows exactly how much time you have on your hands and exactly what kind of person you are. they call people like you miserable. and obviously jealous at the fact that you couldnt come up with an idea as cool as this. why dont you get a job or a hobby so you dont have to spend all of your time scouring the internet for things to put people down about. or find a woman or something cause god knows you havent had a second of sex in your life with anything other than your hand.

  30. nyyanks78914 - September 19, 2010

    you too stella! why dont you get your groove back and stop worrying about insecticides. well all know you have used enough insecticides to clean out that sandy vagina of yours to wipe out a third world country

  31. Stella - September 19, 2010

    @ nyyanks78914,
    Hey little mite,
    keep sniffing your glue or insecticides and dreaming of dicks and vaginas, you might strike it lucky and get one for yourself some day. Then you’d probably stand a fighting chance of getting aroused by something other than help desk made out of books.

  32. Ken - September 20, 2010

    Now that’s a novel approach. You never know what those crazy librarians are bound to come up with.

  33. FERMIN - September 21, 2010


  34. rich - September 23, 2010

    Am I the only one who feels bad for the authors of those books? :-/

  35. Freigeistige - September 27, 2010

    What is meant by “recycled books”?

  36. kay - September 30, 2010

    ok to the people who freaked about the HUGE difference between reusing and recycling, WHO CARES. I work for KAB and its great to see discarded books reused. And hey, at least they didn’t go buy a new desk. That saves about the same amount of resources than recycling the books would have.

  37. Joanne - October 2, 2010

    At first I agreed with Sally Sue that it would be cooler if the book titles showed. But if they had built it that way, people would want to check out the books!

  38. Will - October 3, 2010

    Wow! It’d be some serious work to move that thing to vacuum. :)

  39. cristiam - October 4, 2010

    Pienso que es un verdadero desperdicio tener los libros ahí.

  40. Deebi27 - October 5, 2010

    This desk is just amazing. What a cleaver idea!!! Thanks to Elizabeth Dulembo for the heads up…she’s the best!

  41. interesting - October 25, 2010

    this might be somewhat good as a shelter during a gun fight… maybe something to install at banks and such. more classy than a desk made of steel.

  42. maharanirish - October 26, 2010

    would’ve been nicer if you could see the book titles.

  43. K - October 28, 2010

    The information I wanted was at the bottom!!!

  44. sphxy - November 13, 2010

    this is great, would have been greater if the titles were showing …

  45. Chaos - November 15, 2010

    First word out of my mouth upon seeing this:


    Does that make me odd?

  46. very funny links - December 15, 2010

    Really great idea.

  47. Kyriakos - December 18, 2010

    Very smart idea guys! Bravo!

  48. xhalph - December 20, 2010

    i love reading so maybe i might just stay there and read all those stuffs and ruin their desk after 😀

  49. Katie - January 9, 2011

    This is freaking awesome!!! Except… the books… can’t be read? That one hurts a little. Still, it’s freaking awesome!!!!

  50. aynadan - January 19, 2011

    i love reading so maybe i might just stay there and read all those stuffs and ruin their

  51. Tui - January 24, 2011

    Recycled books? This is hundreds of VERY INTERESTING LOOKING books that have been rendered unreadable by being stacked and then glued. This is an indication of a WASTE of resources to make a pretty mundane looking reception desk.
    It’s a perfect example of our lack of respect for the written word. These books could of been donated to a third world instead they are sitting in a upper-class library living out a worthless second existence as an “art piece”

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  53. Igor - August 26, 2011

    Very good!

    I want to do one this here in Brazil, but I don´t know how to hold the books lest anyone take out.

    Can you help me?

    Thanks a lot!


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  56. Monique - February 22, 2012

    When my parents passed, they had thousands of books in their house. So many seem to be unwanted. Many are beautiful books from the 1930s and many are in German. I love the idea of being able to repurpose them.

  57. Amy Renea - February 23, 2012

    oh WOW – this is incredible!

  58. Ellen Forsyth - November 30, 2012

    Original photographs are from a set I photographed when I visited the library can be seen here image was made available using creative commons attribution, non-commercial share allike licence. Am interested to see this used without attribution.

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  61. Anunnaki Aliens - September 24, 2013

    Wow! Amazing piece of work. Great to see making best use of recycled items. The desk looks so surreal. Great job!

  62. Mireille Monnot - August 6, 2014

    Zut; je voulais lire l’avant dernier en bas à droite

  63. Isa Beloboadormant - August 7, 2014

    Christelle… je ne sais pas si tu as vu passer cette image. Je suis sûre que tu aimerais avoir un tel bureau, non ?

  64. Christelle Saugez Allanic - August 7, 2014

    Isa si j’avais vu et partagé sur mon mur :-) oui ça me tenterait bien un bureau de ce genre ! Très original et intello 😉

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