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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Meaning and Beauty of Libraries

   I’ve been coming across reviews of The Meaning of the Library:  A Cultural History edited by Alice Crawford.  The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/the-meaning-of-the-library-ed-by-alice-crawford-review/), Kirkus Reviews (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/alice-crawford/the-meaning-of-the-library/), and Maclean’s (August 10, 2015 issue) have had reviews.  I think I will buy this book.













  These reviews had me browsing through a book in my library which a friend gave me as a gift a few years ago:  The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World by Jacques Bosser.  It is a photographic tour of 23 of the world’s historic libraries from 12 countries. 

Of course, there are a number of websites offering photos of the world’s beautiful libraries.  I like http://mentalfloss.com/article/51788/62-worlds-most-beautiful-libraries  and http://www.bestvalueschools.com/50-most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/, both of which feature two Canadian libraries:  the Library of Parliament in Ottawa and the Vancouver Public Library. 

But my favourite library is still Schatje’s Shelves!