TARDIS Shared Library


The TARDIS is a 1970s police telephone box that doubles as a spaceship/time machine from the TV Show Doctor Who. We transformed it into a library that allows the community to access books in a cool way. The idea is that the community is free to take a book and/or leave a book. The word TARDIS stands for Totally Awesome Reading Dispensary in Society, and the noise it makes is the sound of it launching on the TV show. The TARDIS was featured in USA Today, Channel 4, and much more! Check out our Facebook page: TARDIS Detroit. Project Backstory: Dan Zemke works at a medical center in Detroit where he runs a reading program that distributes books to every child that comes in for a check-up. He also lived across the street from an empty lot in Detroit for a long time. Coming from a family of developers, he always wanted to put something cool there to help brighten the area. Wanting to combine his passions of reading, community development, and Doctor Who; the TARDIS Shared Library was born.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5ft
  • Medium: Wood
  • Width: 5ft
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 10ft

About Team TARDIS

Daniel and John Zemke worked on the TARDIS Shared library every weekend since Labor Day weekend 2016. Jennifer Maiseloff painted the interior mural that depicts the interior of the TARDIS space ship. They are a team of developers that are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the community.