Over the years many people have talked of libraries, sometimes in a poetic manner, sometimes reflective. But it cannot be denied that for those of use who grew up before (or during) the rise of the internet, and online books, there is still something special in our hearts about libraries. I will admit to having a soft-spot for libraries, big and small. I pretty much grew up in my school and local libraries, and even worked in several over the years.
While some of my personal favorites are missing, I have to admit to being impressed by this collection. There is a wonderful mix of architectural styles, interior aesthetics, and cultural touches. But more impressive still is that the collection draws on both new and old libraries and shows just how diverse the executions of such a simple concept can be.
A library is more than just a place to store books, it is a treasure house of information, stories, and experiences. Every library is different, and reflects the culture, and the personalities of those that built and use them.
What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fulness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us. – John Bright
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. – Lady Bird Johnson
It is a pity that many of the smaller public libraries are slowly disappearing in this age of digital information. No matter what, I intend to keep a personal library, and nurture it with love. To me, nothing can replace the feeling of being surrounded by books, or the wonder of physically turning the page to read what someone else has lovingly crafted.
To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul – Cicero