Hat-tip to Thin Slices, for alerting me to this cool list. These things are always going to be subjective — not making the cut are the NYPL’s reading and map rooms, as well as the Morgan Library, while the insides of the Swedish and Belarusian libraries leave me cold. Still, some amazing places here. I’m sorry to say I haven’t visited any of of them — yet.
I’ve been to the British Museum, but didn’t stop in at the library. Next time!
I was curious about Jay Walker, the only private citizen whose library is featured — turns out he founded Priceline. Lastly, not on this list, but on mine... the NYPL. When I was in high school, I’d go there to do research for papers — yes kids. This was in the day of typewrites and Liquid Paper.
It was a near-ruin — dim, smelling of mildew, the ceiling murals water-stained. Think of the Chambers Street BMT station. It makes me happy to see it restored — and they kept those little lamps.