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40 examples of street art and murals about books, libraries, and reading

The best street art and murals about books, libraries, reading

There are many ways to express that books are an essential part of our life. Street art with books in focus is one of the best.

Whenever you visit a crowded tourist destination, or a little quiet town, and spot a great street art, go make a pic and share it with your friends.

The lists like this could be possible, and they can further spread the word.

Books are an important part of life. They provoke to think, to argue, to make an opinion, to succeed. This is very well reflected in street art.

My favorite works are the Valencia stuff from a famous street art group Escif, but also the one painted by Andreyante AO in Nizhny Novgorod, and the mural in Łódź created by a Polish street artist Barys.

When going through a lot of fantastic pictures, I realized one thing. A lot of street art is coming to mobile devices – in a variety of screen wallpapers or designer cases.

On the other side, almost no modern gadgets appeared on the streets so far, although they are becoming an important (if not overwhelming) part of life.

If you know of any great street art that should be featured here, please share it with us.

Street art and murals about books, libraries, reading


Books are our friends - a mural in Jaffa, Israel

Books are our friends. This awesome mural was painted by Frenemy (aka Kristopher Kotcher), an illustrator and street artist from Texas, and you can see it in Jaffa, Israel. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Books mural on the side of South Congress Books bookstore in Austin

Books in Austin. A mural on the side of South Congress Books bookstore in Austin, specializing in art, “quirkiana,” and vintage children’s books. ⇢ Credits and more info.


A stack of books mural by Case Maclaim in Jacksonville, Florida

A stack of books. A mural was created by a German street artist Case Maclaim (Andreas von Chrzanowski), for the 2016 edition of Art (Re)Public project in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Inspired by the history of the city and the local businesses, German artist decided to incorporate elements such as local bookstore as part of his work.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


A mural in front of Book Discussion Scheme in New Zealand

Book Discussion Scheme mural. A mural on the street-front of the office of Book Discussion Scheme – the largest book discussion group in New Zealand. The office is located in Sydenham, Christchurch, and the mural was painted by well-known street artist Wongi Wilson. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Curiosity feeds imagination - street art in Luxembourg

Curiosity feeds imagination. This awesome piece of street art can be seen in Esch-sur-Alzette, a city in southern Luxembourg.

The artwork was created by the French graffiti artist Mantra, who has found an inspiration in photographs by Marta Bevacqua. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Boy reading a book - street art in Berlin

Boy reading a book - street art in Hamburg

A boy reading a book. Favorite techniques of the Berlin-based street artist Alias are paste-ups and cut-outs. Thanks to that similar images can appear in public spaces more than once.

The artwork of the boy reading the book can be seen in several cities, including Hamburg, Berlin, and Istambul. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Banned Books Week mural on the wall of Poor Richard's Bookstore in Colorado Springs

Banned Books Week mural. Poor Richard’s bookstore from Colorado Springs asked street artist Douglas Rouse (aka Rouse 66) to create a mural celebrating Banned Books Week 2015. It decorates the northern wall of the building. ⇢ Credits and more info.


A mural by Kelly Polling on the Savannah library

A library bookshelf mural. A mural artist Kelly Poling, created over 50 historical murals across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

One of his most stunning works is a mural for the Savannah branch of the Rollings Hills Consolidated Library. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Mouse reading a book under the street lamp - chalk artwork by David Zinn

Mouse with a book and balloon - street lamp chalk artwork by David Zinn

Mouse reading a book. A gorgeous example of the chalk street art created by David Zinn. The pictures shown above are a part of the series of drawings on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan. ⇢ Credits and more info.


The reader - street art for In Situ Art Festival

The reader. The adorable work of a girl reading a book was created by Jef Aerosol during the 2014 edition of In Situ Art Festival in Fort d’Aubervilliers, Paris. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Woman reading on a sofa - a mural in Manila

A woman reading on a sofa. The mural was created by the street artist called Faile, for the artBGC ONE Festival. It’s located in Bonifacio Global City, a financial district of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.


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Real books. A French street artist Levalet creates collages on city walls across France. Some of his works show people reading. And what they are reading are actually real books. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Book Riot

Book riot. The painting is a part of a series of murals painted in Valencia, Spain, by a group of artists and performers from Escif. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Literacy Windows by Carolyn Speranza

Literacy windows. The mural was created by Carolyn Speranza and Lisa Link with a help of five high school artists. Please note, that the first book from left shows various learning tools. Except for books, there are also computers. This is one of the first examples of digital books coming to street art. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Literary Mural

Literary mural. This outstanding mural was created by Jane Brewster and is located in Portland, Oregon, in the neighborhood of Hawthorne Boulevard Books and Powell’s Books bookstores. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Transformer Books

Transformer books. Art-Facade, mural art studio from Saint Petersburg, Russia, created in 20 days this great book mural art on a transformer sub-station near Rossiysky Prospect.

Instead of bricks, typical for transformer sub-stations, we see the bookshelf full of oversized classic literature titles. “The creative concept design allowed us to put an elegant link between safety regulations and the world’s famous titles.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Book-themed Mural

Pilsen books. This book-themed mural is a part of an ongoing street art project by the Chicago-based creative collective, Pawn Works. The mural was painted in Chicago, on a lengthy old wall in Pilsen neighborhood. ⇢ Credits and info.


Street art - Reading Punk

Reading punk. A part of a street art project by Buenos Aires street artist Patxi Mazzoni Alonso.

The project’s idea is “to promote study, work, education and music and show the punks visually to people who have rejected them and don’t recognize who they are.” ⇢ More photos and info.


Street art - Education is the Key to Knowledge

Education is the key to knowledge. Created by street artist Marcin “Barys” Barjasz, in Lódź, Poland. Photo by Regina Lang. ⇢ More info.


Street art - Girl Reading

Girl reading. Street art in Gloucester. Found and pictured by Donglos Images. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Books are the basis - street art from Russia

Books are the basis. A smart street art spotted somewhere in Russia. It doesn’t look like a painting, but real books walled in a column. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Reading While Growing Roots

Reading while growing roots. A surreal mural in Nuñez, painted by a Colombian artist Loto. “A pseudo human being is reading while growing roots.” ⇢ More info.


Street art - Kid Reading a Book

Kid reading. Mural on the side of the Trilok School on Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn. Created by a legendary Chile-based artist Nelson Rivas (Cekis). ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Reading: A Journey

Reading: a Journey. This huge mural was created by Donald Gensler and can be seen in Philadelphia.

The mural is a part of The Mural Arts Program that has created more than 3,000 paintings representing important aspects of Philadelphia’s African American history. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Joyous Discoveries: A Journey Through Books and Music

Joyous discoveries: a journey through books and music. The mural was painted by Keith Hollander at Market St. and Duboce Ave, in San Francisco. There are several books visible, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Read - Jay Giroux

Read. Sticker and poster campaign that started in 2005. Created by Brooklyn-based artist and performer Jay Giroux. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street Art - Climb Over Books

Climbing over books. Street art by Andreyante AO, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Pile of Books

Pile of books. This amazing mural was created in Frankfurt by a Brazilian street artist Tinho (Walter Nomura). It shows two kids waiting on a pile of books. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Oye Read

Oye read. From Brooklyn Street Art resources. Artist unknown. Photo by Jaime Rojo. ⇢ More info.


Read More Books

Read more books. A simple typographic art spotted and photographed by Red Boy. ⇢ More info.


Street art - X-Times People Chair

X-Times people chair – woman reading. A part of a street art performance by a German artist and performer Angie Hiesl.

Elderly people sit on white chairs that are mounted on buildings at a height between three and seven meters. They perform rehearsed, everyday activities in a reserved manner: they read the paper, slice bread, fold clothes… ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - La Bibliotheque

La bibliothèque. A small mural on a library building in small town near Fontainebleau, France. Pictured by Kelly Robic. ⇢ More info.


Street art - Dr Seuss Read Sculpture

Dr Seuss “Read” sculpture. This amazing giant display was made of 25,000 Dr. Seuss books in front of the New York Public Library, between the library’s iconic lion statues.

The sculpture was a collaboration between the National Education Association and Target Corporation and is a part of the Target’s plan to donate $1 billion to education-related programs by 2015. ⇢ More info and photos.


Street Art - Inside a Bookshelf

Inside a bookshelf. Mural by Susanna Hesselberg, in Örebro, Sweden. Credits, ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Bookstore Mural

Bookstore mural. Created on a side wall of Circle City Books and Music in Pittsboro. ⇢ Photo credits.


Street art - Wall of Books

Wall of books. A 10-meter wall made of ceramic books, Amsterdam. ⇢ Photo credits.


Street art - Larchmere Mural

Larchmere mural. The mural graces the east wall of Loganberry Books bookstore, located in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Created by artist Gene Epstein, the painting reflects the neighborhood’s people and history. ⇢ More info.


Street art - La Bibliotèque De La Cité

La bibliotèque de la cité. A beautiful fresco-style mural on the façade of the Lyon Municipal Library, France. ⇢ More info.


Street art - School Bookshelf

School bookshelf. This huge bookshelf was painted in a school yard in Tyumen, by Russian art group Color of the City. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Heart culture and pedagogy

Heart, culture and pedagogy. An amazing mural located in the College of the Sacred Heart of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, on a wall of Éva-Senécal library.

Created by artists from M.U.R.I.R.S. and influenced by master painters of trompe-l’œil, it is a metaphor of the local literary universe, with more than 100 authors represented. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Street art - Flying Books

Flying books. Jazz mural by artist Bill Weber on Jackson Square, San Francisco. Flying books in front are Brian Goggin’s “Language of the Birds” installation. ⇢ More info.


Street art - Library Mural

Library mural. Created on seven walls of Ustroń Public Library, Poland, and taking over 500 square meters, the mural shows the interiors of the Trinity College Library in Dublin. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Bookish street art in Lisbon

Open book. Bookish street art on a building located at Natália Correia Street in Lisbon, Portugal. ⇢ Photo credits.


Street art in Setúbal, Portugal - bookshelf instead of the door

Bookshelf door. A bricked door in Setúbal, Portugal, was painted to look like a bookshelf. ⇢ Credits and more info.


best examples of bookish street art: bookshelf mural in Incheon, South Korea

Giant bookshelf mural. The mural was painted on a grain silo in Incheon port, South Korea. The painting measures 23,689 square meters. In September 2018 it was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural.

The beautiful covers of sixteen books reflect the four seasons, and are a symbol of young boy’s journey into adulthood. ⇢ Credits and more info


Street art - Dublin Digital Classics

Dublin Digital Classics. A part of a street campaign by Dublin City Council to get the young generation interested in reading. ⇢ More info.

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