stereotank: the little free library in new york city
stereotank: the little free library in new york city stereotank: the little free library in new york city
may 29, 2013

stereotank: the little free library in new york city

stereotank: the little free library in new york cityall images courtesy stereotank



the architectural league of new york has partnered with pen world voices festival to bring the little free library to downtown. stereotank, founded by venezuelan architects marcelo ertorteguy and sara valente, designed the installation at st. patrick’s old cathedral school in nolita. the concept creates an ‘inhabitable’ environment, where users can immerse themselves into the space, taking the time to browse through books and borrow or exchange them. the structure is built out of an inversed plastic tank and a wooden frame. perforations around the volume allows visitors to peek inside and preview the interior configuration, which can be accessed by ducking under the yellow structure.












view in



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st. patrick’s old cathedral school



close up


prince street



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  • Is that really enough books to call it a library?

    SJS says:
  • gosh i adore this! there’s a tiny free library in my san francisco neighborhood made out of an old abandoned newspaper selling machine. stumbling upon something like this is out in the world is just fantastic.


    Bridget says:
  • We have a really neat free book exchange It’s the project of the Clinton Community Library (

    Annie says:
  • @SJS there are lots of little free libraries this sort of size- it’s a sort of spatially-distributed library.
    I think this is great functional design, most of the ones I have seen are twee little wooden cabinets, this has great weatherproof qualities and signposts itself well; the location requires a bold approach to be noticed.

    dave says:
  • Where are the PCs? Does it have free wi-fi?

    Karen Kinney says:

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