What good bookbuff doesn’t love a library? And I mean heart and soul want-to-roll-around-in-the-dust-and-must-from-the-shelves type of love. Here are a few shots of some absolutely beautiful beehived bibliotheques from Curious Expeditions. Our own State Library of Victoria makes the cut, and I also love the dramatic red banisters in the Handelingenkamer, and the rattling-bones gothic feel of the Chained Library in Hereford, where rare books were once kept linked to the shelves to prevent stealing.
25 Jun 09 at 7:55
I like this one in Porto:
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25 Jun 09 at 11:08
I like this one:
27 Jun 09 at 18:55
The Hereford chained library makes me think of something I once read, that you can judge a society by what it guards most carefully. Wouldn’t it be lovely to live in a society that thought ideas were more important than money?