BOOKSHELVES is a socially engaged library project designed to conjoin cerebral and somatic experiences of text. At its core is a floor-to-ceiling sculpture of moveable shelves containing a non-circulating collection of books and other text-based media. Artists, writers, and researchers are invited to engage the collection through seasonal ‘thought-residencies’ that last for three-month periods. Each resident rearranges the design of the shelving structure, curates three of the shelves with their own titles on-loan, oversees the re-categorization of the permanent collection, and creates a unique reading environment to correspond with their practice at-large.

As a platform for public programming, BOOKSHELVES residencies feature special programs, performances, and meals that translate the inquiry represented on the shelves into embodied formats. Visitors are invited to come read during open library hours or take a bibliography for further engagement.