The Prelinger Library has been keeping the print alive for 19 years, and counting

SAN FRANCISCO– The Prelinger Library has a rich history as San Francisco’s urban haven for research, reading, and inspiration. The space is 72 feet deep with shelves 14 feet high, each filled with a unique collection of literature not common in other public libraries.

“This collection started out as mine and my partner’s work collection,” explained Megan Prelinger, co-founder of the Prelinger Library. “Subjects of natural history, the built environment, American history, history of technology, and it seemed quite important to introduce this collection to other people.”

The room houses over 50,000 books, magazines and printed ephemera. Visitors to the Prelinger Library are encouraged to sip complimentary tea and discuss their readings with other guests. Everything serves to keep interpersonal communication and the art of printing alive.

“There’s this idea in the world that print is dead, that print is for old people, print is for people who are nostalgic,” said Rick Prelinger, co-founder of the Prelinger Library. “And what surprised us so much is that most of our users are young, high school, twenties, thirties.”

The Prelingers believe that the feeling of turning pages and holding historical literature in your hands is part of what makes their library so appealing.

“It’s very moving for people to be invited to touch this range of materials,” said Megan Prelinger. “Many people react strongly emotionally to a room full of books.”

She adds, “We’d love to see the collection continue to grow richer, deeper and more socially meaningful, and we want it to continue.”

More information about the Prelinger Library can be found here. The Prelinger Library has been keeping the print alive for 19 years, and counting

Russell Falcon

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