Are libraries “cool” after all? The case of the Stavros Niarchos National Library

Vassilis Georgakis

Thoughts and questions from a library-goer who was (and still is) forced to smoke in the harsh wind of the Faliric Delta, and who is so impressed by the Tower of Books, the beanbags and the Meditation Rooms. Is reading a trial and does it pave the way for engaging critically with the existing order? Or a good excuse for selfies? Are libraries boring? Or are they “cool”?