Selfridges launches library in flagship London store
Selfridges has launched a library in its flagship London store, curated by four major publishers: Penguin, Thames & Hudson, Faber and Taschen. The idea behind it is to celebrate the “inspirational power of words and literature,” at a time when standards in reading, grammar and spelling are falling and also encourage people to switch off their phones/laptops and re-discover the power of reading! I think its such a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to pop down for a browse.
I used to love visiting the library as a child, my Mum used to take me every Saturday morning after swimming to pick up a selection of new books to devour that week.
There are listening posts for audio books and iPads and a pick of ‘Desert Island Books’ from a selection of celebrities including Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Rankin and Thandie Newton. It is also set to host a series of lectures, alongside grammar and latin lessons.
Selfridges said the library installation (which will run until March 1) is making a stand against mass library closures around the UK and the risk it represents to literacy. Selfridges is a hub of creativity, from fashion to art and now literature. Hopefully it will pave the way for a new era of libraries as well. Fashion and books, the perfect mix I think…