These spectacular libraries are a bookworm’s Narnia
Public libraries are one of the main components of a successful city and a thriving community. They allow every individual, rich or poor, the ability to intellectually and personally grow. While most cities have some sort of a library inside of them, a few go above and beyond in some way. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting, beautiful, and modern libraries across the United States. From robotic book retrieval systems to breathtaking views, each library has way more than books to offer its visitors.
Although we are knee-deep in the era of social media and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, public libraries still offer one of the best forms of free entertainment – reading. Whether you want to crack open the latest Stephen King novel or listen to an audio book while sipping coffee, these gorgeous libraries will make you forget that Netflix or Facebook even exist!
George Peabody Library
17 E Mt Vernon Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
The George Peabody Library has been a facility of learning since its opening in 1878. The library is located in the Peabody Institute of Music and contains more than 300,000 books; but it is truly famous for its architectural beauty. The stack room contains 5 tiers of beautifully-designed iron balconies which reach 61 feet up to the skylight. The ironwork, black and white marble floor, and the warm elegance of the building make it a popular space for weddings, cocktail parties, or dances.
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
The main library of San Francisco is a 375,000 square foot, Beaux Arts-style building that cost over $120 million to build. The granite used in the facade came from the same quarry that the other civic center buildings were constructed. The interior is immense and stretches 5 stories tall and is connected by bridges. A wall that is lit with names of more than a hundred authors illuminates the grand staircase. The San Francisco Public Library contains around 3 million books in total, making it not only beautiful, but filled with knowledge.
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
Although the design came long before the name, it is fitting that such a unique building would be renamed in honor of Theodor Giesel, also known as Dr. Seuss, and his wife Audrey. The concrete structure was designed to overlook the canyon that is near the University of California-San Diego and stretches eight stories into the sky. Many of the study spaces are located in the upper floors and allow students and visitors to take a break from reading and enjoy the wonderful scenery around the Geisel Library.