Now 100 years old, the building is in need of major repairs.
Bookworms of Bangkok are sure to be familiar with the historic Neilson Hays Library (195 Surawong Rd.), a cultural landmark of the city since it opened in 1922 under the reign of King Rama IV.
Now almost 100 years later, the old building faces structural challenges, including faded walls, cracked ceilings, creaky floors, old drainage systems, poor air-conditiong and more.
The essential repairs are estimated to cost B10 million, although much of this has already been donated by generous partners. Now, the library is calling on help from the public to raise the remaining funds through an online crowdfunding campaign dubbed "The Neilson Hays Library Conservation Project."
So far, the project has already raised B42,300 out of its B500,000 goal within the first day. Those who wish to make a contribution can do so here to help the project reach its target within the next 41 days. Those who pitch in will be eligable for library memberships, access to special events and even the chance to name a book shelf in return for their generosity.
Designed by famous Italian architect Mario Tamago, the iconic Neilson Hayes Library building is known for its neo-classical structure and leafy surroundings. On top of being home to some 17,000 books, the library also hosts frequent art exhibitions, live music nights, book clubs, workshops and the popular second hand book sales that see books go for as little as B20.
Check out the trailer for the project below and let's work together to help protect this cultural gem: