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.

Pencil and paper

Pencil and paper

Steinbeck wrote with pencil on the ubiquitous American yellow pad. Computers and word-processing came too late for him, and so I was curious about his wife's assumption that while he would have liked and mastered them, he'd probably have stuck with...

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When did you begin?

When did you begin?

Recently I read an old penny-paperback of The Grapes of Wrath.  I was about three-quarters of the way through when I left it on a plane - I hope someone picked it up and read it.  So I bought another copy of the same edition as it had a foreword by...

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Basilicata bibliomotocarro

Basilicata bibliomotocarro

Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher, converted a quintessential Italian vehicle, the three-wheeler micro-van, into a travelling library.For 20 years he's been visiting remote villages and hamlets in his home province of Basilicata to bring books -...

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A visit to the Palladio Library

A visit to the Palladio Library

We visited the Palladio Museum in a suitable palazzo down a charming side street in Vicenza. Only by chance on our way out, we peeked around the corner of the courtyard and ventured into the tucked away library.Expecting a haughty enquiry into our...

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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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