26Jan

Traverwood Library

Another day, another beautiful library. I’m becoming obsessed with them – maybe because I have nothing nearby (which isn’t private) that I can enjoy quite as much.

I wonder if the locals know how lucky they are to have such a beautiful place to read. I don’t know about you, but the more impressive a building, the more jaw-dropping the design, the more I suspect people will use the place – that the environment itself encourages interaction with literature of all kinds. This is a bold, sweeping statement, of course. But I like to think I’m onto something.

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Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

6 comments

  1. Man… that’s beautiful. The library I go to is pretty much a hollowed out cinderblock, but I still spend an afternoon there a few times a week. I’d be an addict if browsing the stacks and reading meant I’d be surrounded by this kind of architecture.

  2. Yeah, I do like to think that readers are also aesthetes. All that money spent on amazing libraries no doubt pays off…

  3. If you ever get up North the Helsinki Central Library may not be quite as striking as this but is very welcoming, modern, bright, full of light and user friendly.

    I have a thing for libraries as well.

  4. Thanks; it sounds good. I’ve have a google to see what it looks like…

  5. I love Traverwood as it’s my nearby library today and I go 2-3 times a week – I even biked a few times in the summer, but it is quite small and I tend to use it to pick up reserves from the whole AA library system and even from all Michigan.

    Below is my former library in Greenburgh, NY which was 5′ walk from my house there. That was impressive.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=ePb&sa=X&pwst=1&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1680&bih=929&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=5r7ZEvU_sol5GM:&imgrefurl=http://www.panoramio.com/photo/28014963&docid=i7liU1u87OVfsM&itg=1&imgurl=http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/28014963.jpg&w=1000&h=665&ei=qi8jT4n0A4XctgeFntz5Cg&zoom=1

  6. Wow, that is impressive! Very lucky to have such wonderful libraries nearby…