Hunting book sculptures

Yay, the artist behind the mysterious book sculptures that appeared in Edinburgh last year is back, and everyone has a chance to find (and keep) one of her gorgeous sculptures!

As this story in the Edinburgh Evening News relates, next week is Book Week Scotland, and each day next week, the Scottish Book Trust website will be revealing a clue to the location of a sculpture, hidden somewhere in Scotland. Once it’s found, the original sculpture will stay where it is, but the finder will get their own sculpture. Wait: does that mean they’ve actually made 10 new book sculptures?

Anyway, sounds like splendid fun to me: I’ll be keeping a beady eye on the Scottish Book Trust site for clues. I wonder if they’ll have a hashtag to go with it, so everyone can join in with the hunt, wherever they are? #bookhunt? #bookchase?

Draped in libraries – part two

And (almost) the last part of this epic series of library related items on Etsy…check back tomorrow for the Grand Finale – a single item, of epic expensiveness! Feel free to guess in the comments below about just how expensive the item I’m going to post will be! 😀

Dewey decimal charm bracelet

Library cats fabric

Scrabble tile necklace

Book letter

Wood chip earrings

Library card pouch
Library card catalogue drawers

Individual card catalogue drawer
What would Jane do? sign

Fabric storage basket

Oxford Library scented candle

Library books fabric
Library hair comb
Library book burp cloth

Vintage book bookmarks

Library mouse customised stamp
Library bag 

Draped in libraries – part one

Library items and imagery are popular for use as both adornments for the body, and the home. These final posts (so many I’ve had to split it into two) covers those types of items, and anything else that might come under the heading of “random libraryish stuff”.

Library locket
Keep calm and hit the library

Dewey decimal earrings

Library bracelet

Vintage library tie

Mr Darcy cuff bracelet

Dewey decimal necklace
Library purse

Dog collar

Book shelf borders

Library art tile
Library knob
Kindle case with image of London Library

Library bear pocket mirror
Book bag

Library glass tile necklace



Vinyl laptop sticker


Library words

Putting words about libraries and books onto posters is very popular, so there’s all sorts of options out there. These items are here because they have a quote or slogan about libraries or books printed on them. There’s one quote in particular that seems to be a favourite of poster makers: see if you can spot which one it is….

Library bird (ok, it’s a magnet, but hey…)




Digital printable

Hand-lettered quote


Linocut block print

Vinyl wall sticker

Letterpress print
Digital printable



Linocut print



Mini Christmas gifts

Miniature things are one of my favourites, and miniature books are no exception. These tiny books are available either as volumes or sets of volumes on their own, or as parts of dolls house or in specialised miniature library settings. And some of the miniature libraries are just insanely good!
I’ve not included here the many options of wearable miniature books – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, badges…
A book with its own drawer for safekeeping
Mini clay books
Decorative mini books
Ghosts in the library books
Not exactly miniature, but very small “Little Leather Library” collection
How about a Medieval illuminated book, in miniature?
Or one with a secret compartment?
There are even illustrated erotic mini books!
And, as a grand finale, the safest way of all to keep your books – chained up.
Medieval library desk, and chained books

The library look – part two

Continuing the theme of art featuring libraries and librarians…let us pick up again where we left off….

In the rural library
Shields library
Original life portrait
Library lion

Birds nest
In the library browsing

Library freak
Book lover

At the library
Library love
Library gal
Book lovers
Read with me

Book store girl

Bath reading room

Owls going to the library

Sometimes, some other animals manage to creep into the library…
Reading bear

The library look – part one

Now it’s time for some images of libraries, inside and out, and librarians – in print, paint, photos, clay, and other media. These images also quite often include a popular library item – a cat! And there’s so many of them, that I’m splitting this post into two, so check back tomorrow for even more library art!

Vintage photo
NYC library
Carnegie Library, Herne Hill
Library books still life
Abstract books
NYC public library

Beer advert
Library oil painting

NYC public library (seems to be pretty popular!)
Vintage cartoon
Witch’s library painting

Mitchell Library
Library cat

Singing in the library
Enter the library
Book lover and ginger stripe cat
Library cat

Library of forgotten books
Library by the sea