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.

Fanny Hensel’s room

Fanny Hensel’s room

A ten day Mahler Festspiel took us to Leipzig last May, giving us time to visit various music-related museums and churches, including of course some of Bach's haunts.  But most enjoyable for me was the Mendelssohn House which managed to combine being a museum, with...

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Czech books

Czech books

We recently spent ten days in the glorious city of Prague.  Among other delights, we found a few fine books, including one to add to the collection of 1000 myths, legends and folk or fairy tales to read in the coming decade, and a book of Czech recipes for my husband...

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The library at Tyntesfield

The library at Tyntesfield

Ever in quest of dream libraries, I was delighted to discover this National Trust article on their collections and libraries, including this photo of the library at Tyntesfield in North Somerset.   Look at that vaulting roof, inviting you to gaze up and have...

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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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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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