Reading Room

The Mansions of the Future public Reading Room is free to use and open to all. An integral aspect of Inaugural  artist Kathrin Böhm’s commission Culture is a Verb, which saw the building become equipped for public function and collective use the informal library was co-designed by Lincoln-based art collective General Practice [gP], who continue to utilise the space as a site for open and informal bi-monthly discussions with a focus on collaboration and experimentation.

Each artist commissioned by Mansions of the Future is asked to choose up to ten books that have had a measurable impact on their practice. This enables the project to make visible and share more of the research that informs the ambitious, interdisciplinary artistic commissions delivered across the three-year programme. All of the books housed in the Reading Room have been purchased by Lincolnshire Libraries (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) and will enter into the county’s library service once the project comes to an end in 2020, enriching their catalogue.

The growing collection includes fiction, nonfiction and research books, publications and periodicals concerned with the architectural, philosophical, rural, unconventional, natural, utopian, theoretical, practical, historical and social. The Reading Room also holds an array of contemporary art and culture magazines and journals from Frieze to gal-dem.

We encourage the use of the Reading Room for research and as a platform for the social. For more information on our catalogue, or to schedule spending time in the Reading Room outside of our opening hours, please get in touch via or 07494 344352.

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