Monday, April 18, 2011

That Library Smell

"That Library Smell." PopShifter / Jesse Roth.
America: PopShifter, March 30th 2011.

"It was during this time that I finally discovered the other scents that define what the library is currently.

On a typical day at the reference desk, I get a whiff of a variety of scents, from the pleasant to the wretched. Many times it’s that distinct smell of the unwashed, the downtrodden, who find themselves taking refuge on the street once the library locks its doors for the night. The foul odor is sometimes masked by cigarette smoke or alcohol, but is no less pungent and disconcerting."

See Also:
Are Books Smelly?