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Librarians on Horseback in the Thirties

19 Feb

“President Franklin Roosevelt was trying to figure out a way to resolve the Great Depression of the 1930s. His Works Progress Administration created the Pack Horse Library Initiative to help Americans become more literate so that they’d have a better chance of finding employment…The horseback librarians were mostly made up of women…” Unfortunately, the horseback delivery program ended with the beginning of World War II and was never resumed.

From Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s,


Starfield Library in the Coex Mall

22 Jan

I Love This Library

6 Jan


This is a Library

16 Nov


Waldsassen Abbey Library in Bavaria, Germany

9 Nov

It’s been a while since I posted a photo of a library. I ran across this one and had to share. It’s beautiful!





Please do not leave children unattended in the library

19 Jun


My Kind of Attic

12 Jun


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)



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.


Walking the stacks in a library…

30 Apr

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York

29 Apr



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.


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