Thursday, September 3, 2009

ssssshhhhhh.....it's library porn

Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar II, Germany
Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag, the Hague, Netherlands
Strahov Philosophical Hall
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., USA
Strahov Theological Hall - Original Baroque Cabinet
Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s library, North Wales
Hereford Cathedral Chained Library, Hereford, England (Rare books were once kept chained to the bookshelf to prevent stealing.)
Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria
Library of the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal
St. Florian Monastery-Library, Austria
Joanina LIbrary University of Coimbra, Portugal
want more?
check out "The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World"
all photos found here
added by bonjour brookline:
Poetry at Beinecke Library, Yale University

24 comments:

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

WOW those are some libraries! Wouldn't it be fun to be able to go in there and take whatever book you ever wanted!? It reminds me of the library in "The Beauty and the Beast"
(I know a little young, but here is the link: http://a0.vox.com/6a00c225256b2c604a00cd971d5ec04cd5-500pi to a picture of the library.) It is the cartoon version of some of those beautiful libraries.

Ann said...

OMG overwhelming but very cool. I secretly desire a library with a rolling ladder and leather couches. Don't tell Blake he'll throw a recliner in there...but there's something sexy about a library.... makes you want to wear glasses and drink cognac.

Amanda said...

be still my heart!

Tricia - Avolli said...

OMG these libraries are amazing!

When we bought our home 11 years ago we were fortunate that it has a library. The original owners that had the house built (one is a writer) wanted a library to showcase their collection. It has a barrel vaulted ceiling and everything. Pretty cool but absolutely nothing like any of these places!

Tricia

mary said...

Awe-struck. Especially the Brazilian library--hurts my neck to look up trying to read all of those titles. Makes me realize how lucky we all are to have such easy access to books. Thanks.

Taylor Sterling said...

Amazing and beautiful shots.

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

BonjourBruxelles said...

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://waterloopress.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/beinecke1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://waterloopress.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/poetry-at-the-beinecke-library-2009/&usg=__qanh33a6rwkKhzYoW7cpD7h4OeE=&h=527&w=800&sz=146&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=fzzN0EE9gA5y3M:&tbnh=94&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbeinecke%2Blibrary%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DDMQ%26sa%3DX%26um%3D1

it's in my mom's hood. Couldn't help but add it to the collection....

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful rooms, we forget how lucky we are now that books are so affordable, once they were treasures that needed beautiful castles like these for people to worship them.

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Wow. The library of the Benedictine Monastery looks like the library I expect to find in heaven. Add some comfy down-filled armchairs and bottomless lattes... Thanks Megan.

Librarian Anne said...

In the tower of the Fairmont there is a penthouse, and in that penthouse there is a small library with a catwalk. A secret staircase leads to the catwalk, and a secret door hidden in the ranges lets out onto the roof. The domed ceiling is cerulean with the constellations painted on. It is the dreamiest little library.

Michelle said...

Wow...the best of the best for inspiration...I find old libraries kind of creepy...remember the movie with Christian Slater called the Name of the Rose? Imagine a time where books were transcribed by hand, and their value.

Tiered libraries are the coolest!

Best,
Michelle

Francine Gardner said...

Fantastic libraries! thank you for the post. I love books and designing libraries for clients. These images are so inspirational

Velvet and Linen said...

libraries always make me feel like I'm surrounded by old friends. Stunning images of my favorite places.
Thank you.

xo
Brooke

Karena said...

If only I had the time I would like to peruse the libraries. The feel of books is something I love!

beachbungalow8 said...

awesome additions to the collection, thanks!

Sarah {Note to Self} said...

These are so gorgeous. It's one of my goals in rich fantasy life to have a library in my house complete with a rolling ladder... Am I harboring a Beauty and the Beast fantasy? Yes, ma'am I am! Thanks for posting! xo

whsedrone said...

Funny you should mention porn, I read somewhere that the worlds largest collection belongs to the Vatican. I wonder if one has to sign a guest book to visit their library?

Steph Infection said...

Amazing!

beachbungalow8 said...

whsedrone_seriously? that's some great factoid! I"m not sure why they'd have porn, but it's a funny concept for sure!

porno izle said...

Ohh admin good very..

Petit Elefant said...

oh, my the libraries. love, love.

Mark said...

Really huge Library! I just want to visit this library. I heard so many good things about St Deiniol’s Library. Thanks for the grateful information.

Good luck

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xanax said...

My how times have changed.

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