Hey bookworms! It’s time to love your local library
Attention Bibliophiles! Did you know that February is Library Lovers’ Month? Why not show your local library some love this month by borrowing a few new books, taking your tiny tot or pre-schooler to a free story-time session, attending an author talk or joining a library-led book club?
Local libraries are so much more than just a quiet sanctuary for reading, writing and research. In an increasingly digital world, they’re a cultural hub that help to connect, enrich and celebrate our community in all its diversity. Libraries provide that crucial space we all need to explore, engage, imagine and reflect, while also facilitating lifelong learning.
In the spirit of library-loving, what better excuse is there to catalogue a few of the most amazing libraries from around the world?
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1) Clementinum, Prague
The Library Hall of Prague’s Clementinum complex is a Baroque time capsule filled with rare globes, clocks and beautifully detailed frescoes. Jesuits reportedly began the library in 1622 with just one book.
gallery, photo: Kraufmann/ Harms, rights: City of Stuttgart
Stuttgart Municipal Library at night, photo: Kraufmann/ Hörner, rights: City of Stuttgart
2) Stuttgart City Library, Germany
The five-story reading room of this modern architectural wonder features a stark all-white interior. As for the outside of the building? The nine-storey cube glows blue after dark.
3) Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro
Building began on Rio’s Gabinete Portugues de Leitura in 1880. With its imposing and ornate wooden interiors, it resembles a cathedral rather than a modern-day Brazilian literary hub.
4) New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)
The Rose Main Reading Room occupies almost two city blocks. Arch windows and chandeliers lend their splendour to this central research hub for scholars, writers and students.
5) Old Library, Trinity College, Dublin
Tourists usually visit the Old Library at Trinity College to see the 9th-century manuscript the Book of Kells, but the 200-foot Long Room in the library is reason enough on its own.
6) State Library of Victoria, Australia
For something a little closer to home but no less spectacular, the State Library of Victoria features lots of places to study, while being surrounded by books! The building itself is also particularly beautiful and the lawns outside offer a peaceful place for people to relax in the warmer months.