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23 nostalgic photos of old library books that will take you back to your childhood

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 24:  Before ebooks, Kindles, and the rise of the internet, there were  libraries.  Of course,  libraries are still around today. But as they update their cataloging systems to computers and phase out books that are falling apart, some of their history - and the histories of their patrons - is lost. Photographer Kerry Mansfield hopes to preserve these old-fashioned elements of the way libraries used to be by documenting discarded library books and handwritten checkout cards. She has photographed over 180 books for her series "Expired," and believes that every creased page, fraying spine, and scribbled note tells a story of its own.  Here are 23 photos of old library books that will make you nostalgic.

Before ebooks, Kindles, and the rise of the internet, there were libraries.

Of course, libraries are still around. But as they update their cataloging systems to computers and phase out books that are falling apart, some of their history - and the histories of their patrons - is lost.

Photographer Kerry Mansfield hopes to preserve these old-fashioned elements of the way libraries used to be by documenting discarded library books and handwritten checkout cards. She has photographed over 180 books for her series "Expired," and believes every creased page, fraying spine, and scribbled note tells a story of its own.

Click through this slide show for 23 photos of old library books that will make you nostalgic.

© Courtesy of Kerry Mansfield

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