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The Library Was / OOMK


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A publication which reimagines the function, aesthetic, and culture of the library in the context of an austerity-stricken future.

Includes interviews with London based library enthusiasts, a profile of the revolutionary librarian Marta Terry Gonzá, a reassessment of S. R. Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science (as they do and don’t apply to the collection of contemporary zines), and an account of the stolen library of the late Saudi novelist Abd al-Rahman Munif. 

Contributors to this publication include zine specialist Leila Kassir; publishing house and artists’ collective Fehras Publishing Practices; reader, writer, and researcher Hudda Khaireh; and Rianna Jade Parker, founder of the artists’ collective The Lonely Londoners.

OOMK is a London-based art collective run by Heiba Lamara, Sofia Niazi and Rose Nordin.

Designed by Rose Nordin

Published by Book Works, 2016

Softcover, 44 pages, 5.8 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-1-90601-276-2