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A Book Exchange

location - Hansen Hall, State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

type - Alchemy Program EOI

year - 2021

status - completed, unawarded

people - Amy Evans

The proposal is to provide one of the largest physical book exchange programs in Australia at State Library Victoria. The book exchange is proposed for Hansen Hall and would contain second-hand books donated by local organisations, functioning as a take-one leave-one service, whilst promoting the up-cycling of second-hand books.

          The book exchange would fundamentally strive to promote reading to disadvantaged, ESL and low literacy individuals within the community, while also providing a valuable book exchange service to all. Upon entry users would be immersed in a highly playful and adaptable space, sparking curiosity and encouraging individuals to pick up a book and read it. The space would allow for small and large gatherings, individual and group seating and ‘safe reading’ areas. The book exchange would act as a catalyst to raise awareness of the importance of literacy while striving to increase literacy levels through a series of scheduled programs.

Amy is an Australian Architect and Spatial Designer based in Berlin. Her work explores the intersection of art and architecture. Her site specific projects span exhibition and installation design, scenography, set design, and architecture - from concept to completion.


As well as research and design work, she regularly teaches design studios at both the University of Melbourne and RMIT


Amy was a recipient of the Marten Bequest 2020 for her ongoing project titled ‘The City Shaped’.

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