Pawel Szymczykowski’s /usr/lib/ (pronounced “user lib,” short for “user library”) is one of them. Located on the second floor of Emergency Arts downtown, /usr/lib/ is a multi-use space designed to provide people with resources, a place to work and space to hold meetings or special events. It is scheduled to open sometime this month, but has already been the site of events during the construction and design phase.
“You could say it’s a more social library, one with less shushing,” Szymczykowski says.
For the library component, Szymczykowski has acquired nearly 1,000 books. Some are technical resource manuals, others are business focused and still more are general interest publications meant to amuse or inspire. They will be housed on bookshelves purchased from the closed Borders bookstores, which Szymczykowski finds oddly fitting