Library book trolleys - book carts in the US – come in a variety of styles but the majority do one thing but nothing much else. Great for moving a load of books from A to B – they are large, cumbersome and inflexible when not in use.
Libraries usually lack space, so empty trolleys lurk in dark corners, sulk on the ends of bays or glare balefully out of the windows and snag passing trousers. They lend a neglected, empty air to any library space, however glamorous. When in need of a solution, the web, as always, provides plenty of project ideas.
Here’s a winner of the Pimp My Book Cart competition
Being essentially mobile, book trolleys have been effectively disguised as vehicles.
You might decide that your library has far too many trolleys. No doubt you are far too responsible a citizen to release them into the wild. However, should you ever spot a dumped cart you could learn a lot from a study that has been made of a related beast. ‘The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A guide to field identification’ by Julian Montague looks at the aesthetic impulse behind abandoning carts. It’s an attempt to explore the complex relationship between landscape and cart. Enjoy.