The Disarming Design Library (DDL) is the first design library in Palestine. This project was born out of a desire to provide Palestinian designers and creatives with the reference materials and space that is not currently available to them in the West Bank. We therefore aim for this space to hold a wide range of book titles that can relate to the specific context and their network. The library itself is hosted at Disarming Design’s space at Hosh Jalsa in the town of Birzeit. Located close to the intellectual spheres of Birzeit University, the Palestinian Museum, and Ramallah; this library will be at the disposal of wide-range of designers and researchers working in Palestine.
We are inviting stakeholders to provide physical copies of books for inclusion in their library. As many may know, libraries in Palestine face tremendous difficulties in acquiring books from abroad due to the policies of the illegal Israeli occupation, as well as limited budgets. Unlike their counterparts across the world, Palestinians libraries do not have the privilege of ordering a book and receiving it in the mail. We expect to face the same access and funding issues in the building of this library, and therefore see it as a long-term project to be conducted over the coming years.
Our current Librarians-in-Residence are Yasmine Mosimann & Lama Aloul, who are going through the process of cataloguing our current collection, soliciting books and material from academics and practitioners of design, as well as supervising the building of the physical space.