National Libraries Day in the UK

“Suppose we change the subject?” retorted the Cat, waving a paw at the surroundings. “What do you think of the library?”
“It’s pretty big,” I murmured, looking all around me.
“Two hundred miles in every direction,” said the cat offhandedly and beginning to purr. “Twenty-six floors above ground, twenty-six below.”
“You must have a copy of every book that’s been written,” I observed.
“Every book that will ever be written,” corrected the Cat, “and a few others besides.”
“How many?”
“Well, I’ve never counted them myself, but certainly more than twelve.”
Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book, a Thursday Next novel.

The Great Library of the Bookworld is too big to be captured in a picture. Maybe we can get a glimpse from looking at photos of libraries from around the world:

Baroque Library, PragueThe Baroque library hall inside Clementinum, Prague, Czech Republic
(Photo: Bruno Delzant, from Wikipedia)

Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, Paris close
Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, Paris
(Photo: Franck Bohbot, featured on BBC Culture)

OxfordUniversity
Oxford University Library
(Photo: Oxford University, featured on Twitter by@UniofOxford)

NYC Public Library
NYC Public Library Research Room
(Photo: Diliff, from Wikipedia)

Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library
(Photo: Franck Bohbot, featured on BBC Culture)

Reading Room at McKim Building
Reading Room in Boston Public Library, McKim Building (research collection)
(Photo: Brian Johnson, from Wikipedia)

Perhaps the cutest (and most inviting) one is the National Library of Andorra

BNA




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4 Responses to National Libraries Day in the UK

  1. moosha23 says:

    These libraries look beautiful, antique, royal and vintage. I want to be teleported to every single one of them! But most of all I want to go to the libraries of the past, when the Greeks would gather at the steps of their libraries for intellectual discussions (granted, we have coffee houses for that sort of malarkey these days…)

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  2. SnazzyBooks says:

    Reblogged this on Snazzy Books and commented:
    Some wonderful pictures of libraries from around the world…
    Happy National Libraries day!

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  3. Joseph Nebus says:

    Oh, yes, Andorra’s is quite cute.

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