The Library on the Beach

alex atkins bookshelf booksEver sat on a beach, mesmerized by the serene view of the ocean and soothing sounds of the waves, and thought to yourself: “I sure wish I had brought a book”? Well, if you happen to be sitting on the beach in front of the Hotel Kaliakra, located in Albena, Bulgaria on the Black Sea Coast, you’re in luck. Welcome to the Beach Library, designed by German architect Herman Kompernas. The library, which holds more than 6,000 books in various genres in over 15 languages, is made of special wood that is resistant to the harsh weather conditions of the beach. When it rains, there are vinyl covers that are rolled down to protect the books housed on 140 shelves. The rules are fairly simple: if you borrow a book, please return it when you are finished reading it — and remember to shake out all the sand! And if you happen to have a book that you would like to donate, you can leave it in the appropriate section.

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