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(Fodor's Travel)   Twenty most stunning libraries in the world. Please view this slideshow quietly   (fodors.com) divider line 27
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2014-03-12 03:39:12 PM  
I had a feeling that I would see the Radcliffe building on there.
 
2014-03-12 03:39:38 PM  
Radcliffe: "it took so long to build the architect died before construction began." Wait what?
 
2014-03-12 03:52:12 PM  
Disappointed the library at the British Museum wasn't on that list. That is an amazing library.
 
2014-03-12 03:59:29 PM  
Shh
 
2014-03-12 04:33:56 PM  
Two of my personal favorites:

Trinity College library, Dublin
ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca

Iowa State Law Library, Des Moines
www.underagraysky.com
 
2014-03-12 04:43:07 PM  
Fodor, so is that Hodor's sister?
 
2014-03-12 04:59:12 PM  
I'm surprised that the Vancouver public library isn't on the list at least in the modern buildings... It's a really cool piece of architecture and has also been used on quite a few movies and shows.
 
2014-03-12 05:04:15 PM  
Do any of them have an astronaut?

bookriotcom.c.presscdn.com
 
2014-03-12 05:12:14 PM  

burningplastic: I'm surprised that the Vancouver public library isn't on the list at least in the modern buildings... It's a really cool piece of architecture and has also been used on quite a few movies and shows.


Yeah it is... When we went on our cruise, we spent a couple of days in Vancouver and stayed right around the corner from that library. I absolutely love it, and it's cool to spot it in movies. Along with an elevator I was in. yeah, the elevator was nice enough I can identify it specifically in movies.

This website sucks though... They almost had me, it made a nice slideshow, and the gray background makes the pictures look good, but why so small, and why in the hell should I have to click the 'More' button for all 22 slides?
 
2014-03-12 05:21:10 PM  
"If it's in the Koran, it's redundant. If it isn't, it's pernicious. Burn it."

/Never happened.
 
2014-03-12 05:26:15 PM  
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2014-03-12 05:40:52 PM  
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2014-03-12 05:42:25 PM  
 
2014-03-12 06:07:56 PM  
www.danthonia.com.au

Time to crack a book, er beer
 
2014-03-12 06:23:38 PM  
How about the Multnomah County Whiskey Library?
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2014-03-12 06:32:07 PM  
www.thecollectormm.com.au
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Australia has some nice ones. On top is the reading room at the Victoria State Library in Melbourne, below is the New South Wales Library in Sydney.
 
2014-03-12 06:42:25 PM  
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2014-03-12 07:45:23 PM  
This is the library in Mrs Coast's hometown of Winchester, VA:

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I can't find a decent pic of the inside, but between the Victorian architecture and the computers, it's almost....gloriously steampunkish.  I am firmly convinced that if I lead a good life, my soul will spend eternity in those walls just reading....
 
2014-03-12 08:36:48 PM  

Paris1127: [www.thecollectormm.com.au image 708x800]

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Australia has some nice ones. On top is the reading room at the Victoria State Library in Melbourne, below is the New South Wales Library in Sydney.

I used to work at the state library of NSW. This was back in the 80s and the Mitchell still had unused nooks and crannies for a teenage stackie to explore. My favourite lunch spot could be accessed by walking along a gantry (above the stained glass ceiling as you walk in) then through a door to an old tea room (abandoned since the early 70s, given the decor and quantity of dead rats in the coffee machine). From there I could scoot out onto the roof and have my lunch sitting above the arched window on the far right of the photo. Up there, sitting on the ledge, there I was looking out over the Botanical Gardens to the Sydney Harbour. Perfect spot, best views in the city and I had it all to myself.
 
2014-03-12 08:42:26 PM  
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The whole point of a library is accessibility, I think the online archives linked to e-readers win "most impressive" hands-down.
 
2014-03-12 09:27:01 PM  

Jim_Callahan: [g-ecx.images-amazon.com image 500x483]

The whole point of a library is accessibility, I think the online archives linked to e-readers win "most impressive" hands-down.


While I agree with the sentiment, e-readers aren't anywhere close to having the resolution or color depth (neither are tablets or most monitors) to replace all books. Plus libraries have many holdings that aren't books but are still important. You can probably replace about seventy or eighty percent of physical books with an electronic version though with little to no loss of knowledge. I do cringe whenever I hear a city planning a huge new central library though. They may evolve into something else but the need for floor after floor of stacks isn't something that can be relied on.
 
2014-03-12 09:45:54 PM  
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10...X marks the spot
 
2014-03-12 10:07:04 PM  
The LA library is bland inside.

Shouldn't be on the list.
 
2014-03-12 10:33:27 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: This is the library in Mrs Coast's hometown of Winchester, VA:

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I can't find a decent pic of the inside, but between the Victorian architecture and the computers, it's almost....gloriously steampunkish.  I am firmly convinced that if I lead a good life, my soul will spend eternity in those walls just reading....


I used to live about a block from there, on Peyton Street.
 
2014-03-13 12:20:53 AM  
Bookmark.

*snerk*
 
2014-03-13 09:05:29 AM  

EngineerAU: While I agree with the sentiment, e-readers aren't anywhere close to having the resolution or color depth (neither are tablets or most monitors) to replace all books. Plus libraries have many holdings that aren't books but are still important. You can probably replace about seventy or eighty percent of physical books with an electronic version though with little to no loss of knowledge. I do cringe whenever I hear a city planning a huge new central library though. They may evolve into something else but the need for floor after floor of stacks isn't something that can be relied on.


Indeed.

I think there's a need for certain sorts of repositories of old books, rare manuscripts and so forth.

But I find it maddening that people are building new libraries or defending libraries from closure, when many estimates suggest that there isn't much difference between the cost of a new book and the cost of renting a book.
 
2014-03-13 09:52:00 AM  

I may be biased, but this is probably one of the most unique libraries in this part of the US:

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