Great libraries and book collections


Continuing the discussion from Here’s how to decide whether to keep a book or get rid of it:

I think I just had an orgasm. I’ve visited one of these: The Trinity Library in Dublin. It was really grand. I now regret not visiting the The National Library Of Prague when I was there. ;(

For what it’s worth, I really like my local library, the Turku City Library. It’s hard to show a good picture of it because it has a complex shape and has a new building integrated into the old library, but here’s the outside view of the newer building:

Here’s a few pictures of the inside:

Please share your favorite libraries or personal book collections!


This is the main branch of the Seattle Public Library.


The main branch of the Pasadena Public Library is pretty enough to be shown on their cards. Very characteristic architecture for the area.

But it’s much prettier inside. Today:

And in 1927:


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