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Condos and apartments around the nation opt for a novel amenity: Books

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In the ongoing quest to provide an unusual amenity to renters or buyers in luxury buildings, some developers have added a library to the mix of common spaces where residents can gather or find a quiet corner away from their unit.

Some buildings simply include libraries with carefully selected books residents can borrow, while others offer residents the benefits of a partnership with a bookstore.

For example:

• In partnership with the Strand bookstore, the developers of the rental building at 525 West 52nd St. in New York City offer residents a library filled with books chosen by Strand staff members along with resident-only book signings, poetry readings, creative writing classes and a Strand-sponsored book club.

 In Chicago, city culture is celebrated in the library of the 1000M condo, designed by Chicago-native Kara Mann, which includes a collection of Chicago literature as well as panoramic city views from its terrace.

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At Oceana Bal Harbour, a 240-unit condo in Bal Harbour, Fla., artist Jorge Mendez Blake selected poetry and art books as well as literature for the library, which also serves as an exhibit space for his work. Blake assembles pages and quotes from books into installations or “cancels” texts by physically entombing them in wooden boxes.

 A more traditional library can be found at 365 Bond, a rental building in Brooklyn that includes a fireplace, a reclaimed wood table, reading nooks, dark leather seats and brass fixtures in its library.

While National Book Month just ended, residents at these new developments can delve into books all year.

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