The hive is made up of hexagonal frames with movement sensors that react as people walk past, making the pages of the books rustle and creak.
The display is also designed to allow visitors to smell the old books as they open and close in the hive.
It has been built to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the library.
It has been built by artists, engineers and designers from the University of the West of England with animatronics company Rusty Squid.
It is made from 400 hardback books no longer in circulation which were donated by the central library.
Each laser-cut plywood component was slotted together without glue or fixings.