The Menial Collection is a non-circulating arts library and community research center formerly located at 243 W. Read St. in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently operating on a nomadic basis. The Collection aims to reimagine the library as a site for curation and experimentation in the collective production of knowledge through reading, research, and collaborative play.
The non-circulating library holds a collection of books, documents, and ephemera, with a special focus on art, education, and social practice. We use a democratic cataloging system, which means that our organizational structure is constantly evolving, especially with the help of our bi-monthly Collective Catalogings. We invite every one of our visitors to create the groupings that they find the library to be lacking in as well as to remove or reorganize the existing categories. This system is in place to encourage critical thinking about the designations that are given to us as well as our power to subvert them.
These new 'subject headers' are managed here in this Are.na group.