A City in 100 Libraries
The Toronto Library Passport Book invites Torontonians to become local tourists, one branch at a time.
The @torontolibrary passport is the cutest thing ever: http://t.co/UJ0BKmluR0. pic.twitter.com/fxDSmaFrkN
— Allegra Young (@ayoungvoice) August 27, 2015
Sometimes, it pays to be a tourist in your own city. With that idea in mind, designer Noah Ortmann has created the Toronto Library Passport Book. The impetus is simple: encourage Torontonians to venture beyond their home branches and explore the city’s 100 locations, from Agincourt to Wychwood.
In addition to a list of library branch names and locations, the slim and elegantly designed notebook invites users to describe each library in one word, list the best thing about each respective branch, and rate the library on a scale of one to 10. The passport also includes an index of borrowing limits per category, overdue fees, and a small scavenger hunt that includes such mini-missions as “Ask the information desk about where to find something” and “Go to opposite ends of a large branch; try to find each other by texting only the titles and authors of books to each other.”
While Toronto Library Passport Books aren’t available to the public yet, you can check the initiative’s website and Twitter feed for updates.