Founded in New York in 2011 by Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer and David Reinfurt, active in Liverpool from 2016–18, and currently based in London, The Serving Library is a non-profit organization that variously serves as a publishing platform, a seminar room, a collection of framed objects, and an event space. The current editorial team comprises Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Vincenzo Latronico, and David Reinfurt.
The enterprise is rooted in a journal published biannually as Dot Dot Dot from 2000–10, Bulletins of The Serving Library from 2011–17, and now annually as The Serving Library Annual. It is released simultaneously online (for free) and in print (for a fee) every autumn. The upcoming issue consists solely of the first English translation of the late Italian polymath Bruno Munari’s 1971 book Codice Ovvio — Obvious Code — due out in September 2019 (in print, only).
Following a long-term residency at Exhibition Research Lab in the School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University, which included a curated programme of free public talks for Liverpool Biennial 2018, and an exhibition and display at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham, The Serving Library is presently preparing to be indefinitely installed at 019 in Ghent, Belgium from spring 2020 onwards.
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We rely on contributions of all sizes from organizations and individuals. The Serving Library is registered as a Limited Company in the UK, and a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the US (therefore donations are tax deductible).