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Look through this archive of all the random things people have lost in library books.

Emily Temple

July 11, 2022, 10:16am

In the back of my favorite bookstore in Brooklyn, there’s a wall covered in all the random things the employees have found in the used books they sell: photos, newspaper clippings, notes, receipts, pressed flowers, etc. It’s a fascinating little archive, both meaningless and somehow magical, like all things lost and found.

But those of you without a local bookstore wall-o-ephemera can also burn a little time combing through a similar collection from the comfort of your couch—this weekend, BoingBoing pointed me toward the Oakland Public Library’s Found in a Library Book page, which collects the many artifacts left by patrons (and found by librarians) in the library’s books. They’ve got everything, and it’s…weirdly addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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