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Libraries Hardcover – August 20, 2014
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The pictures are simply beautiful, and beautifully simple. There were pictures of libraries that I could imagine myself holing up in for days, looking at books, and other libraries that I can imagine just standing in, looking around in awe, unable to read a word.
The juxtaposition is clear when it comes to the times. The libraries will either be wood-paneled and luxurious, or the kind of modernist carpeting that would make George Jetson proud. Few of the photos have any people in them, which allows the photographer to concentrate on the interiors. However, I the people who frequent the libraries tell you a lot about their true purpose. Take for example the library on Second Avenue and St. Marks Place in NYC; it’s full of homeless people who sit there all day, and those that aren’t homeless spend all day with their laptops. NYC’s public libraries are a notorious refuge for the homeless, so I wonder if it’s the same with public libraries in London, Paris, and Milan? Do Europeans bring their laptops into the library the way Americans do?
Unfortunately, young people don’t spend as much time in libraries as they used to. Whereas up until perhaps 2004, young people did their research at the library, now they use the internet. They no longer head for the library to do that social studies project, and as a result they don’t discover all those other books they have. It’s a shame that such a great resource is going to waste.
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Stunning photography! Great cathedrals of learning!! Excellent book!!!Published 10 months ago by Filomena Daleandro
If you love books, and photography and dreaming of exotic locations, this is the book for your coffee table. I love every single page of imagery and information .Published 18 months ago by OHunter
I would not buy this book again. It was as if they were trying to take "art" photos rather than consentrate on the wonderful spaces they were at.Published on March 11, 2014 by Steven T Johnson
If you want to get a lot of information or large text, this book is not for you. If you want color photos this book is for you. Only 7 pages have text. Fine paper.Published on November 18, 2013 by Guillermo Elias
Beautifully taken photographs showcase some of the best libraries our world has to offer. A wonderful coffee table book, a centrepiece and piece of art itself.Published on August 24, 2013 by med700