My next discovery, The British Museum Reading Room, sits at the heart of the British Museum. From what I can tell, as of right now it is less of a reading room and is currently being used as a home for major exhibitions (although the British Museum’s page doesn’t list any exhibitions beyond January 2010).
Nevertheless, the images I’ve found so far are of a cavernous and gorgeous space in which I would love to wile away some hours.
Alright, maybe even wile away some days! Make my slow rounds around those walkways taking in the whole collection housed within that impressive dome. I’ll have to do some more research to find out if it’s still an exhibition space, but this is definitely going on my “To Visit” list.
My fascination and love of libraries (and all the books they contain) was kindled at an early age. I will admit that a Disney movie had a hand in kindling that fascination. Anyone who shares my passion is probably already acquainted with this library – the fact that it exists only in illustration doesn’t dampen the awe for me. It still exists as my ideal dream for that day in the future when I am rich enough to afford it. 🙂
I am, of course, speaking of the library that the Beast reveals to Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite Disney movie (tied with The Little Mermaid), most likely because I saw a female protagonist who liked books more than boys, and (although still drawn within the unrealistic parameters of beauty that characterize all the Disney princesses) was a bit of an outcast. A shy, awkward, bookworm of a little girl found hope through Belle. Not to mention, coveted her library.
I still dream of having a library like this one – and the complete freedom to explore it and spend the day curled up in one of the large, comfy chairs in front of the fireplace, reading to my heart’s content.
*sigh* If only someone would fund my dream… a girl’s still gotta eat, I guess.
I’ve always been a devoted admirer of gorgeous libraries. This is the image I came across today that ended up being the catalyst for wanting to create this blog.
Unfortunately, I have no idea what library this is, or where this is located. Do you know? Please tell me! I love to give credit where credit is due!
(And as always, click on the image to access the larger version.)
[EDIT – 4/3/11 @ 1:39AM]
I found out what this is a photo of! It’s the Theological Library (or Theological Hall) at Strahov Monastery in Prague. It was completed in 1679, and contains about 16,000 books. It seems like the collection also spills over into the Philosophical Hall in the monastery.
Gorgeous. Most definitely going on my “To Visit” list.