Gift Shop at the Library, Online

A variety of libraries public and private, in the United States and abroad, still have online gift shops that support library collections and programs and are open for business, no mask required (though several do sell cute ones). In addition to the pictured items unique to each location and collection, they all carry a curated selection of more general gifts calculated to appeal to book and library lovers of all ages—and at all budgets.

If your holiday gift shopping routine has been complicated by the pandemic, you’re far from alone. Fortunately, a variety of libraries public and private, in the United States and abroad, still have online gift shops that support library collections and programs and are open for business, no mask required (though several do sell cute ones). In addition to the pictured items unique to each location and collection, they all carry a curated selection of more general gifts calculated to appeal to book and library lovers of all ages—and at all budgets.

 

USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL

tea mug with image of Mad HatterThe Morgan Library and Museum boasts a whole line of Morgan Exclusives based on their collection, including Alice in Wonderland mugs perfect for a Mad Zoom Tea Party. Sadly Mr. Morgan's Tea: 1906 Library Blend is not currently available to fill them, but we love that the description names Morgan‘s librarian, Belle da Costa Greene.

 

small wrist purse printed with Library of Congress book passLibrary of Congress wristlet is neoprene with faux leather trim. 3.5"x5.5".

 

 

 

Brooklyn Public Library tote bag, white with names of branches in a circle in blue, head of yorkshire terrier poking out of bagBrooklyn Public Library tote celebrates the branches, not just the iconic main. Adorable dog not included.

 

 

 

water bottled with printed outdoor scene in greens and bluesThis 20-oz. water bottle features a soothing natural scene from the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

 

 

open umbrella with yellow, blue, and black geometric patternCalgary Public Library’s Open for All umbrella, inspired by its Central Library, is a limited edition.

 

 

folded scarf with multicolored map printed on itEscape Map Silk Scarf is a replica of a military escape map held in the Bodleian Libraries. They were printed on silk so they could be concealed easily on the body and would still be serviceable when wet to the WWII British flyers who carried them.

 

 

notebook with Japanese style illustration of red skinned person in Los Angeles t-shirt defeating horned demonThe Los Angeles Public Library teamed with L.A. artist Gajin Fujita to create a limited-edition library card featuring a detail of his painting, “Guardian Angel,” also appearing on this 5"x7" softcover notebook.

 

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

NYPL enamel pin, yellow card holder with black and white cardsWe could all use some Patience and Fortitude this year, but if you’re full up on New York Public Library’s iconic lion merchandise already, or can’t afford $150 for bookends, this bright cheerful enamel pin might be just the ticket.

 

 

set of light green matchbooks printed with old typewriter andSan Diego Public Library’s charming shop features very short stories in a matchbook.

 

 

test tube with puzzle pieces inside, label printed to look like library card with due datesThis 150-piece Library Card Micro Puzzle packaged in a test tube was created for the British Library and comes complete with a 1981 British Library seal.

 

 

JUST FOR FUN

skateboard branded on bottomShow your Chicago Public Library love with this skateboard in deck only, basic, or pro options.

 

 

stuffed pug pillow, wearing shirt and hat holding paperNerfect Artistic Novelties designed this special-edition Pug to commemorate the reopening of the Rosenberg Bookshop at the Newberry Library. He wears a historically accurate costume drawn from the Renaissance-era graphic of a printshop featured on the bookshop’s wall.

 

 

ornate wooden desk with globe, box, American flags on either side in room with window behindBig spender? Just bought a new white house and need to decorate it? The JFK Presidential Library sells a replica of the Resolute Desk for $6,999. (Member price is $700 less, which makes the $45 membership an excellent bargain.)

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Meredith Schwartz (mschwartz@mediasourceinc.com) is Editor-in-Chief of Library Journal.

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