Philip Jones, Nora Daly, Chris Meade, Charles Holland, Jon Stone & Kirsty Irving, Peter Law, Dan Thompson, Trenton Oldfield, Tom Armitage, Nicky Kirk, Rachel Coldicutt & Ruth Beale
hosted by Travis Elborough

Bethnal Green Library

A night devoted to the architecture of knowledge and the future of book-borrowing. Much more than just bricks and mortar, the public lending library has long been considered the cornerstone of an educated and literate population, but what lies ahead for the future?

Borrowing its title from Sidney Smith’s description of books, gathers artists, writers, creatives, technologists and architects to present their vision for the library of the future. Be it a personal utopia, a visionary work of science fiction, a digital or practical re-imagining of user centred design or a call to action.

A crack panel of hardback, paperback and e-book judges will discuss and debate the merits of each idea as they pay homage to a revered space in times of change.


  • (British Library)
  • (FAT Architecture)
  • (if:book)
  • (The Bookseller & co-founder of FutureBook)


  • (Game designer and Technologist)
  • (Writer and Educational games designer)
  • (Creative Producer)
  • (Artist & Pamphlet Librarian)
  • (Architect, Amenity Space)
  • (Reader of books and Digital producer)
  • (Coordinator, This Is Not A Gateway)
  • (Sidekick Books/Fuselit)
  • (Empty Shops Network)

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