Inspired by a recent radio programme on a station I listen to all the time, and by the amount of books I read myself I decided to initiate another series.
It turns out there are such amazing, breathtaking, groundbraking, new and old, innovative and old-fashioned libraries around the world! Here in Poland the old libraries don’t really encourage you to spend time there – most of the times you cannot simply go between the endless rows of subject-grouped books, touching them, taking them off the shelves and flipping through the pages to see if what you are looking for is actually there. You have to file a note and wait for it to be proceeded (up to 3 days back at my uni), while the books rest somewhere, behind the walls, closed away from the public. The women who work there seem to be harsh and not at all friendly. How I loathe this! Sure, you have to silent there and almost excuse for at all being there.
All that considered – I just love libraries where you feel welcome, can browse though the books, touch them, smell them. And the archtectures that frequently comes as an additional factor for feeling enchanted – that is what actually moves me to the core. So here they are – amazing libraries around the world.
Old World, old style – Europe
Cambridge University, England – Old Library, St. John’s College
Oxford Univerity – England
Codrington Library, All Soul’s College
The Trinity College Library, aka “The Long Room,” Dublin, Ireland
The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal
Angelica Library, Rome, Italy
National Library, Site Richelieu, Paris, France
Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam, the Netherlands