Aichi city nixes 'Tsutaya Library' project amid public opposition

Oct 21, 2015

Aichi city nixes 'Tsutaya Library' project amid public opposition

The city of Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, has officially scrapped a plan to build a next-generation public library in collaboration with video rental giant Tsutaya after the majority of its residents voted it down in a referendum earlier this month. The city announced Tuesday that ...

Councilors get loud on library revamps

| Oct 17, 2015

Councilors get loud on library revamps

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As testimony to their characteristically low profile, Japan’s public libraries seldom make the news, although two recent exceptions come to mind. In 2013, a number of school and public libraries in Shimane and Tottori prefectures attracted coverage when they removed Hiroshima bomb survivor Keiji ...

Komaki residents oppose 'Tsutaya library'

Oct 6, 2015

Komaki residents oppose 'Tsutaya library'

During a referendum last weekend, most residents in the city of Komaki came out against a plan to build a library run by Culture Convenience Club Co., the operator of Tsutaya video rental stores. The outcome of the vote, held Sunday in the Aichi ...

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

Aug 23, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 ...

May 1, 2015

Obama chooses Chicago to host his presidential library

President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House. Obama’s ...

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

Feb 1, 2015

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

A fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more than a million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural “Chernobyl.” The blaze, which started on Friday and was still not completely out on ...

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

Mar 21, 2014

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

The Vatican library Thursday began a project to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the church to the 20th century, and make them available online. Working with the technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive ...