The Second Life of a Book 2017 – announcing the schedule!

This is the sixth year with the Second Life of a Book campaign! During last year’s campaign, 19 editions of the event attracted 20 000 people, whoexchanged more than 5000 books, and shelves with newly published books were installed in many of Krakow’s hospitals and social care agencies. The fact that the culture of book exchanges in Krakow and Małopolska region is getting better can be proven by the exchanges inspired by our campaign, which took place last year in Nowy Sącz and Tarnów.

The programme of free exchanges planned for this year is as intense as it always has been – we are going to meet 16 times in many interesting locations. Responding to the requests of the participants, we are going to prepare two special editions with children’s literature and English literature: the first one will take place at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology during the Children Literature Festival, and English books will be exchanged on the European Day of Languages at the Arteteka – Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow. We will also come to various other places, such as Netia OFF Camera campus, Vintage and Retro “Kogel-Mogel” fairs, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art and Księgarnia Podróżnicza Bo-no-bo bookstore.

As always, the self-serve shelves of the Second Life of a Book will also be installed during the Miłosz and Conrad Festivals. When using these shelves, you should remember about the 1:1 rule – for every book you take, leave one in exchange.

The rules of participation in the Second Life of a Book campaign are simple – just bring a book, you can also bring more – up to ten. You should also pay attention to the state of your books – remember that you are bringing them so that others may use them! Books published before 1995 will be exchanged only for other books published before 1995. Those who bring new books (published after 1995) can select anything from newer and older books.

The books live as long as they are read. Give them a second life and get other interesting titles! Join us during the exchanges!




You can find the full schedule and the rules here.

The Second Life of a Book campaign is organised by: The City of Krakow and Krakow Festival Office – operator of the Kraków – UNESCO City of Literature programme



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