If a book lover is a bibliophile, what is a library lover?  I don’t know the word (or if it exists) but I am one, and here I share images of libraries and other places which invite you to read and write, including book shops, cafés and easy chairs.

An inviting writing table

An inviting writing table

As you know I have a penchant for places which foster the timeless absorption of concentrated reading or writing, or just looking out the window, thinking, or allowing your eye to roam across shelf-stretches of book spines to see if your inner-tuitive librarian...

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My kind of library – Rijksmuseum

My kind of library – Rijksmuseum

Love this library and will book a morning there to read and write when we make it to the Rijksmuseum.  Enjoy this short virtual tour, and remember:You have two eyes and but one mouthLet this be a signal and take heedNot to talk here, but to read.Now, isn't that better...

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A sunny spot to read

A sunny spot to read

I fell in love with this room when I saw this sunlit painting.  The Victorian artist has captured a perfect cosy, bright spot for reading, in a magnificent yet intimate Elizabethan or Jacobean interior.  I wonder what titles are in that pile of books on the table. ...

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The perfect spot, finally

The perfect spot, finally

From the multiple versions described by his wife, it seems it took many years and experiments for John Steinbeck to settle on the perfect writing space.  And in the end, he simply built it himself, with the help of a local carpenter.In homage to the name...

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Throughout the library, there is an energy and a joy that, in too many other rare books and manuscripts libraries, almost always remains suppressed.

Matthew Battles – Library: An Unquiet History

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