TPL Passport Cover

Libraries, particularly the beloved system people grew up with, have this way of inspiring fan art. Such is the way with Toronto Public Library (which was my childhood library system).

Passport Page 1 - Instructions

Noah Ortmann, a designer out of Toronto, said he came up with the idea of a library passport as part of a birthday gift for his library-loving girlfriend. As he told the National Post“I thought it would be fun to visit all the branches together, so I put together the book. My family and friends saw the potential in the idea and encouraged me take it further.”

Passport Page 2- Map of Branches

For the moment, this passport is an unofficial bit of fan art. It is, though, for sale – I purchased a copy for $10 for Ad/Lib (a coveted first edition).

Passport Page 3 - Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunt item #1: Say “hi” to a librarian.

Designer: Noah Ortmann
Institution: Toronto Public Library (not officially sanctioned)