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Please do not leave children unattended in the library

19 Jun

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My Kind of Attic

12 Jun

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Library in the monastery of the San Francisco Church (Lima, Peru)

26 May

 Dating from the early 17th century – one of the oldest still preserved libraries in the Americas. (Photo Jason Pearce)

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From Wikipedia: Convento de San Francisco is the Spanish name for Saint Francis Monastery located in LimaPeru, south of Parque la Muralla and one block northeast from the Plaza Mayor. The church and convent are part of the Historic Centre of Lima, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991. Aside from a church and monastery it also contains a library and catacombs. In this church, Jude the Apostle is venerated. At the feast of Saint Jude Tadeus, a one and a half ton weighing silver stand is carried round in procession by 40 people, starting from the convent.

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Walking the stacks in a library…

30 Apr

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York

29 Apr

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In 1902 American financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) chose architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of the prominent firm McKim, Mead and White to design a library to house his growing collection of rare books and manuscripts. Adjacent to Morgan’s home, which stood on the corner of Madison Avenue and 36th Street, McKim created a majestic structure in a classical style based upon villas of the Italian Renaissance. The exterior is constructed of Tennessee pink marble, the blocks set with such precision that virtually no mortar was used. A simple recessed portico is flanked by a pair of stone lionesses. Completed in 1906, Mr. Morgan’s Library—as it was called for many years—is the historic heart of today’s Morgan Library & Museum.

http://www.themorgan.org/

 

Library Rules

15 Apr

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Fun with Books

3 Apr

Something about this picture makes me smile.

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Home Library

27 Mar

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Library of Congress

11 Mar

The Library of Congress contains approximately 838 miles of bookshelves—long enough to stretch from Houston to Chicago.

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The Eye in Binhai – Library in China

30 Jan

“…the incredible structure has a giant spherical auditorium in the middle that looks just like a giant eye.

Located in the Binhai Cultural District In Tianjin, the five-story library, which was designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) and has since been dubbed “The Eye of Binhai”, covers 34,000 square meters and can hold up to 1.2 million books…

… most of these futuristic-looking floor to ceiling shelves are painted to look like they’re full of books, but in reality, much of the covers in the hall are printed images. The real books are stored in other rooms in the building.”

It still looks amazing.

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The complete article and a video are located here.

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