Future & Present Librarians,
I went down to Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park last week to find a well run free library, which had been set up by a librarian on day one of the demonstrations there, over a month ago. Users can take books, and return them when and if they can. Donations are encouraged, though they have too much fiction and would prefer more works on politics, economics, and history. Their collection contains hundreds of books, of all kinds, for all readers, and they have some periodicals, ‘zines, CD’s and such. LibraryThing has given them a lifetime account, and they process and catalog items with it by ISBN, using an iPhone scanner, when possible.
Anyone can volunteer at the OWS Library. It’s a very satisfying experience, and a cool, bustling place to be. The Library is at the northeast corner of Zuccotti Park, at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty Street.
More info on the Occupy Wall Street Library can be found at their website – http://peopleslibrary.wordpress.com/