Sacred Stacks

Writing the previous post about the OWS library started me thinking about libraries in general. For most of us, libraries are truly sacred spaces. I remember the first time I visited the New York Public Library when I was about 10 years old.  I felt as awed and inspired there as I would later feel when visiting some of Europe’s great cathedrals.  I’ve collected a series of photos of libraries from around the world, a few I’ve visited, and some I hope to see one day, and all evoking that sense of awe and wonder.  Enjoy.

Trinity College Library

Library of Congress Reading Room

Melk Library Stairs

Boston Copley Library

New York Public Library

Yale Rare Book Room

Prague Strahov Monastery Library

Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne

Admont Abbey Library

Biblioteca di Belle Arti

George Peabody Library, Baltimore

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6 thoughts on “Sacred Stacks

  1. Absolutely loved the photos. Cathedrals of learning, and wisdom too (if we learn how to read.) Hope you don’t mind me putting Intelligent Life on my blogroll, you’ve got the real thing going here.
    Back to the perusal,
    Jeff

  2. There a couple of fascinating points in time in this post but I dont know if I see these center to heart. There might be some validity but Ill take hold opinion until I explore it further. Outstanding write-up , thanks and then we want a great deal much more! Put into FeedBurner too

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  4. hi to all myintelligentlife.wordpress.comers this is my first post and thought i would say hi –
    regards speak again soon
    garry moore

  5. Great post title! And your first picture shows the home for the Book of Kells. Wonderful. I studied Art Law at Trinity College in Dublin (summer ’95), so got to see those sacred stacks firsthand. Also stayed “in rooms” at the college. Fond memories of that month in Ireland.

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