Here are some libraries that shouldn’t be missed on Read A Book Day! Be amazed by their structural designs, unique reading halls, and interesting facilities that will make you grab a book and read.
Aside from bookstores, libraries are also one of my sanctuaries. I remember when I was still young, going to our school library became a habit. I’m actually not a true blue bookworm but seeing books make me feel delighted — maybe it’s because of a childhood dream of becoming an author.
As time went on, this habit became a leisure time because of other priorities. But nothing much has changed. I can still hear the same beat of my heart whenever I’m surrounded by books — heaven! Despite the emergence of modern technology in the society, libraries also joined the advancement and progression. From the facade, search tools and interactive services, libraries never fail to amaze its visitors.
Libraries To Add To Your Bucket List To Celebrate Read A Book Day
Let’s add some twist to Read A Book Day with these libraries that you can pay a visit on September 6. Having the main goal of encouraging people to read books (of any genre), isn’t it perfect to spend this fun holiday inside a library? Whether you’re looking for a fairy-tale-like reading hall or a state-of-the-art library, you’ll never run out of options. Take this chance to relax while learning.
Here are some libraries that you can add to your bucket list on the first Saturday of September.
1. George Peabody Library- John Hopkins University
This library is dedicated to the citizens of Baltimore. It has soaring ceilings and five-story iron balconies depicting an elegant and stunning interior. Moreover, it is housed as a part of the Peabody Institute. Currently, it serves as a research facility and music conservatory. This library is also recognized as a popular wedding venue for the locals of Baltimore.
2. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library- Yale University
If you’re looking for not-so-typical books and manuscripts to go over, better visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It’s known to be one of the largest buildings in the world. It houses millions of manuscripts and thousands of books and literary archives. This library also takes pride of the Gutenberg Bible’s complete collection, which is on permanent display in their lobby.
3. Joe and Rika Mansueto Library- University of Chicago
What makes this library interesting is its giant glass dome that encloses the main study area of the building. It’s also considered a modern library because it has a high-tech storage system located underground. They use a robotic crane to retrieve materials quickly.
4. Geisel Library- University of California (San Diego)
Geisel Library is the main library of UCSD. It was named after Audrey and Theodor Suess Geisel (Dr. Seuss), who made notable contributions to the library and the world of literature. It also gives off a remarkable panoramic view of the campus because of its 20th-century aesthetic.
5. Bapst Library- Boston College
Bapst Library features unique stained-glass designs in every room. These designs are incorporated to the book classifications– from literature to natural sciences. Like for political science, they used Plato to represent the book section. (interesting!)
6. Lewis Library- Princeton University
If you want fresh and green views while reading, this library offers The Treehouse. It is a reading room with tree-top views from the Princeton campus. The Lewis Library is also situated around the university’s science buildings to purposely reflect scientific fields.
7. Klarchek Information Commons- Loyola University (Chicago)
This library offers a relaxing ‘visual encounter’ with nature. It’s located near the Lake Michigan. The library’s location gives a calm and breathtaking view to its visitors. If you’re after environmental awareness, you’ll also love the library’s design and layout because it uses natural heat and cooling in the building. (just so nature-loving!)
8. Library of Congress
It became the largest house of books in the world when it was opened in 1897. It has some of America’s most valued literary and political pieces. This library also holds the patriotic hearts of the Americans since over 50 artists contributed hand-carved masterpieces, decorations, and paintings to enhance its aesthetic.
9. New York Public Library
This library grew along with the innovation of the city. Its design followed the elegance and grandeur of New York. It has accommodating reading rooms and quick delivery systems. The library also houses a broad collection of reading materials and historical items like artifacts, manuscripts, and ancient scrolls. You’ll most likely enjoy the glimpse of the past inside this library.
10. Los Angeles Central Library
This library is the largest public library found in the western United States. It incorporates the elements of the ancient Egyptian civilization to its architecture to radiate an illumination of learning and knowledge to its visitors. Inside the library, you’ll find painted ceilings, chandeliers and carvings giving you a museum-like ambiance while learning.
Here’s a video of another library-museum to visit! Thanks to Renata Pereira for sharing this:
These libraries are definitely must-see places, right? On Read A Book Day, let’s all be an inspiration, especially to the younger generation. Put in mind that reading is good not just for the mind but also for the soul.
If you were able to visit other libraries aside from this list, share your experience with us by leaving a comment below. Can’t wait to read them all!