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City: Magdeburg

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The success of the initiative helped to achieve the necessary funding from the Federal Government to construct the facility, which was opened in 2009. Prefabricated pieces from a recently-demolished building from the 1960s were recycled to cover the facades of the new building. A thick wall containing shelving for the books shelters a green space where people can read in the open air and it culminates in a higher section that houses a cafeteria and a provides a stage where primary school plays are performed, public readings are given and young people’s bands hold concerts.

Open to the public twenty-four hours a day, the library is managed by the residents themselves who, without any checks or monitoring, freely borrow and return books. Although, as if testifying to the harsh surroundings, the new library has been vandalised on occasion, it is a fully functioning concern.

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