What a great way to use unused space while building out a renovation. It is creative ideas like this that make life just a little b it nicer every day. — Douglas
For those visiting the Merchants’ Square supermarket in Carmel, Indiana, they might be surprised to find that the shelves aren’t stocked with groceries. Instead, the aisles are lined with books. The former food store was recently taken over by Carmel Clay Public Library, which transformed the vacant space into a temporary home for its literary collection.
“What’s better than pork & beans?,” Carmel Clay Public Library ask in an Instagram post. “An aisle filled with large print books, that’s what!” Using a supermarket as a public library might seem like a novel idea, but the decision was made with practicality in mind. The library’s main Merchant Square branch is currently being renovated, and likely won’t reopen until 2022. The large grocery store—which had been sitting vacant for the last three years—provided the perfect place to keep the library’s books safe, all while allowing local people to continue to borrow and return them.