The Serving Library maintains a collection of framed objects, each the source of an illustration that has appeared on the pages of our journal or its predecessors Bulletins of The Serving Library (2011–17) and Dot Dot Dot (2000–10). The collection includes items as diverse as record sleeves, watercolors, woodcuts, polaroids, drawings, screen-prints, airbrush paintings, a car number plate, and a ouija board. Together these varied objects decorate the walls of the library to be drawn into our programs, essentially serving as a toolbox for teaching.
The collection has accumulated over time, expanding gradually with the support of countless cooperators and institutions as it passed through various host venues across Europe and North America. A history of the collection is here. The Serving Library collection is currently on longterm loan to 019 (Ghent, Belgium) where it is traveling across a series of venues in Europe.