Bibliobus „Оtets Paisiy”

New Public Library “Otets Paisiy” (Bibliobus Otets Paisiy) is a project by Studio 8½ completed within the the Night of Museums and Galleries – Plovdid, 2011 in the program “City and public spaces”. The project was selected and realized under the “Open invitation for projects NIGHT” of Open Arts Foundation.

“Bibliobus Otets Paisiy”, or “The new public library “Otets Paisiy” which was the original title of the project, is a mobile reading-room in an old trolley car. Otest Paisiy Street was chosen to be the location of the project partly because of its name – the 18th century Bulgarian monk who wrote the famous Slavic-bulgarian History – and partly because this is where the first trolleybuses in Plovdiv ran in the 1950s. In its initial stage the mobile library was situated in front of the trolley substation which is still functioning today. The New Public Library “Otets Paisiy” complements in a natural way a small cultural ensemble starting from Sariev Gallery, passing through artnewscafe and the office of Open Arts Foundation. The future of the Bibliobus is to change its location throughout Plovdiv periodically. Partners of Bibliobus “Otets Paisiy” are publishing houses from Plovdiv and Bulgaria which constantly donate books for the library for free access. Initially the public library opened with 700 editions.

Studio 8½ is a young platform of authors, designed and completed in 2010 by the architect Vladislav Kostadinov. The studio works on architectural and construction projects, interior design and city design.

Ⓒ archive, OAF

Ⓒ archive, OAF

Ⓒ archive, OAF

Ⓒ archive, OAF

Ⓒ Мария Иванова