Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.
The author of “Goodbye, Columbus” and “The Human Stain” left several thousand books, many of them with notes or letters, to the Newark Public Library. The collection will soon open to the public.
His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives.
A librarian who identifies as queer wrestles with our tendency to classify both books and people.
A trove of manuscripts acquired from the Brontë family in the 19th century, all but unseen for the past century, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.
A Yankees fan, marathon runner, cinephile, editor, and, yes, a cataloger, she was the New York Public Library’s third-longest serving employee.
A scholar, a university leader and a believer in libraries, he almost single-handedly rescued a grand but broken one in a time of municipal austerity.
She was hyper-vigilant about keeping safe during the pandemic, but she caught Covid-19 after her first vaccine.
As a child, the novelist found consolation in books that embraced American rugged individualism and the Korean quest for knowledge. Those same books showed her how to honor the stories of the people she grew up with.
The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.
After dropping out of high school, he studied law at the public library, then used his knowledge to reopen cold cases, including Emmett Till’s murder.
The Library of Congress has designated 25 recordings, from modern pop hits to one of the earliest recordings of an American voice, as “audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time.”
The Neilson Library at Smith College, which Lin redesigned, is interwoven with her own life story. But any triumph is muted by the sudden death of her husband, Daniel Wolf.
“I think that says a great deal about how much we as a society value the written word,” a shocked librarian said.
Once a limited-capacity event, now a writer conversation can be enjoyed from the exclusivity of your living room.
The beloved author’s most famous books, like “Green Eggs and Ham,” were untouched, but his estate’s decision nevertheless prompted a backlash and raised questions about what should be preserved as part of the cultural record.
The governor acknowledged that “some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
The discovery of Mediterranean recluse spiders at the University of Michigan prompted a two-day closure of one of its libraries.
As negotiations push forward, it is unclear whether Afghanistan can achieve peace with the Taliban while preserving gains made on women’s rights and education.
Perhaps because I had a teacher who made reading aloud into ceremony, ritual and compelling drama, I grew up to find my cause in pediatricians’ promoting reading aloud at checkups.
The new center, in Riverside, Calif., will be dedicated exclusively to showcasing Mexican-American art and culture.
Every month, the archival institutions of this nation unleash tiny particles of the past in a frenzy of online revelry.
How Jeremy O. Harris has turned his good fortune into grants, commissions and donations to other playwrights, and to libraries in need.
No age group has faced a worse economic crisis in New York City than young workers, especially those who are Black, Hispanic or do not have a college degree.
A little realism goes a long way in a world where the next book purchase, the next apartment, the next significant other promise to finally deliver the goods.
Cambridge University Library, which long thought it had misplaced the cultural treasures, has now made a public appeal for information on their whereabouts. The local police have notified Interpol.
The discovery suggests that “Principia” had a stronger impact on Enlightenment science than previous research suggested.
Amid a pandemic and QAnon conspiracies, this librarian is focused on facts.
After months of delays and a lawsuit, the statewide ban on the single-use bags is being enforced. Paper bags are now 5 cents.
“Dark Archives,” by Megan Rosenbloom, a librarian at U.C.L.A., traces the history of the controversial practice and considers what we should do with such books today.
The new International Library for Fashion Research in Oslo, the brainchild of a fashion odd couple, has very big ambitions.
(Yes, I actually prayed that he not be too young for me.)
They are among our last trusted institutions. Expanding early voting at local branches may be our best hope for a trusted outcome.
Meet the grad student with a killer wardrobe who digs in the archives and takes the gems to Twitter.
The library, in Springfield, Ill., said Black community leaders who previewed it feared parts of the traveling exhibition, created 15 years ago, were outdated and lacked context.
Thirty years on, the Americans With Disabilities Act has reshaped the way designers and the public have come to think about equity, civil rights and American architecture. But it’s only a start.
Yale has acquired a renowned private collection relating to the abolitionist and orator, including rarely seen family scrapbooks that offer a window onto his complicated private life.
The board chair of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh said the thefts “will forever raise doubts about the security of all future charitable donations, particularly to the Carnegie Library.”
A Virginia school district, determined not to let a pandemic keep students from their summer reading, is delivering books to students via the drone company run by Alphabet.
Safely lending books is just the beginning. Libraries are figuring out everything from how to remain welcoming spaces to how to respond to changing reader behavior.
Britain’s National Collection of Type Cultures, a library of human bacterial pathogens, turned 100 this year.
Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.
To stay true to their mission during the coronavirus pandemic, libraries should offer more digital services.
The library has acquired Graham’s archive, filling a significant gap in the story of early modern dance in America.
“Missing Sounds of New York,” an album from the New York Public Library, recreates the everyday soundtrack many have been missing since March.
The process of making tengujo is fairly simple, but the nearly transparent product that results is almost magical.
The first Native American to hold the position, Harjo will be developing an interactive map of contemporary Native poets.
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether you’re helping more people by having goods delivered or by going to the store yourself — and more.
How I found hope in a stranger’s set of keys during the coronavirus shutdown.
Eight of the 10 titles identified in the American Library Association’s annual ranking of the most frequently banned or protested books featured L.G.B.T.Q. subject matter.