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He left out the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.Spirit Lake also has a great, great library. Great shelves.
Gutenburg's freedom of the press with movable type setting lead to The Reformation and all of those Libraries.We need to declare a Guttenburg Holiday before the digital tsunami wipes them all out.
I'm using a free Windows 8 theme from Microsoft called The Beauty of Books. Several very good library photos in there.
Beinecke is indeed one of the world's great buildings.
Compare and contrast: the Pequot Library in Southport, CT, and the Denver Public Library: http://thedrunkablog.blogspot.com/2006/02/libraryin.html
RH library, Thurber section.
Widener Library at Harvard is particularly beautiful, if a little gaudy. So is the Boston Public Library.
I'm fond of the Library at Melk Abbey, Austriahttp://www.stiftmelk.at/englisch/Pages_melk/library.htmland my private Library favorite:Hearst Castlehttp://www.bing.com/images/search?q=heasrt+castle+library&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=BB0BDEF2E0E1132A78B7938CC0B23F09BAD88AD8&selectedIndex=3
If you are visiting Boston, they will issue you a Boston Library Card. You don't have to be a resident.Beautiful and interesting murals, and one whole floor of Russian language books.
Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is a stunning space, but I feel a more intimate connection with Yale's Sterling Memorial Library. As a student, I loved wandering the stacks of the latter, marveling at the gorgeous, centuries-old folios just sitting there on the general access shelves. Some of those could have anchored almost any other library's collection, but they didn't even make the cut to get into the Beinecke. An embarrassment of riches.
Libraries have been my life for 35 years.
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