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!