Pollyanna 圖書館 Library (2017–2020) was a research infrastructure operated by non-profit organization 221A. For the time being, 221A’s library is not operational because of the questionable safety of the building resulting from neglected maintenance issues by the landowner. Further details on the pause of operations can be found in this news release.

Collection & Activities

Pollyanna 圖書館 Library collected print material, audio, videos, objects, and artworks acquired by the research initiatives of 221A’s fellowship program. Pollyanna Library also produced educational programming — talks, performances, screenings, reading groups, and classes — that animated and develop the collection.

Public reading room hours

Nor Currently in Operation


Not Currently in Operation

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General Inquiries,

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Reading room use

  • Free admission (16 person occupancy)
  • No food or beverages (water is ok)
  • Sections of the reading room may be reserved for users undertaking research as part of 221A’s fellowship program


Pollyanna 圖書館 Library was a 1,680 square foot facility with a public reading room and gathering space. The library had a maximum occupancy of 65 people and was equipped with a media screen and presentation equipment. The space was used primarily for 221A activities, but was also booked for free or on a cost-recovery basis for collectives and non-profit organizations to host private meetings.


The library had a 1.8m (6’) wide double set street front entrance with manually operated outward-swinging doors. An interior 6cm (2.5”) high by 60cm (24”) long ramp spanned the width of the doorway. The bathroom was not wheelchair accessible.