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Old Law Books Are Not Garbage, They're Art

Bookbags With each passing year, the relevance and need for physical law books seems to diminish a bit more. I haven't spent enough time in law firms lately to know where we are in this slow spiral into obsolescence, but I know the day is coming and books are slowly being disposed of.

It seems somewhat ironic to me that the blog post underlying this discussion comes from a law library, but the WisBlawg of the University of Wisconsin School of Law maintains a running list of clever uses for old books (other than reading them, of course). These include:

1. Turning them into "BookBags." Erie, Pa.-based law librarian Kathy Kelly turns outdated law books into purses and laptop computer cases (see above: patent pending!).

Bookshelf 2. Turning books into book cases. Artist Jim Rosenau turns "vintage books" into things like book cases and book shelves. So you have an attractive place to put some other books that you are about to get rid of, I guess.

Booklamp 3. Turn those books into a lamp. Artist Alex Cobb can turn a stack of books into a table lamp. This will help you read the next set of books that will be turned into table lamps. And so on.

Posted by Bruce Carton on March 8, 2010 at 01:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)


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