by Kelvin Smith
A private and public space where publishing is kept is accessed, rests and lies in waiting. Some locations, billed as legacy, are more to do with the storing than the stored. Libraries are buildings, social centres, sites for book disposal, final solutions to the glut of the unwanted and unread.
The text is dematerialized, clouded, as if up in smoke, curiously attributed a value as electronic archive which it is denied as physical object.
Some new repositories store single copies of it all, some prefer selections. Some encourage messy serendipity; some dictate pathways and allowable interstices; some tempt with abundance but have strict limits according to rank.