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2666 Library

August 1, 2011

Shanghai's independent, creative collective run underground library

  • Text by Satellite Voices

Guest Feature by Menmenmen

The 2666 Library is a membership private library, located down a little alleyway on Nanjing West Road, Jing-an Villa, amongst the residents and snake stores. The founders of 2666 Library are five Shanghainese creative locals who loved books - fashion editor Yu bingxia, culture correspondent Shi jianfeng, book reviewer BTR and film critics, Stone and Xiaokun. It's the underground library in a Shanghai alleyway.

Satellite Voices: Can you introduce your private library?
2666 Library: The idea came from Yu bingxia. Way too many books stocked at home and some of them we have no time to read. Why don’t we share them out? So we took our books from home, bought a lot more and asked friends and publishers to stock the library. Now we have more than 3,000 books in our collection, most of them are literary fiction and about one third of them the originals. Anyone can come and read the books for free, and if you want to borrow books, you can apply for membership cards.

SV: Why is it called 2666?
2666 Library: "2666" is a classic novel wrote by Chilean writer Roberto Bolano that we all love. Of course, we also want to be able to keep our library until 2666!

SV:What were the difficulties in starting the library?
2666 Library:The rent in Jing-an Villa is expensive, I wonder if there are any venture companies that want to help?!

SV: Jing-an Villa is a very interesting place in Shanghai, can you explain more?
2666 Library: We like its spontaneous local culture. There are many surrounding office buildings close to the Jing'an Villa, so we hope we can provide a place where people can interact differentlt in this super fast internet driven world. We all love a a quiet, private, relaxed atmosphere for reading and we also hope toexpand people's options with literature. We've also done events here, and the past 11 can be checked out here.

2666 @ Jing'an Villa, Lane 1025 Nanjing Xi Lu

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