Screw kindles, I still like my books where I can see them, color coded on my bookshelf! (Jk Jk, I haven’t color coded since 2008.) This new book, The Library: A World History, by Dr James Campbell, an expert in architecture at Cambridge University, who spent three years traveling the globe and shooting with photographer Will Pryce. HOT DAMN! We talk about design porn and book porn all the time over here in Blog Land and MY GOD if these aren’t some of the sexiest, most insane libraries I’ve every seen. They are straight up Beauty and the Beast, Belle in the yellow dress fantasy levels of amazing. (Mom, if you’re reading, this post is for you!!)
Dr Campbell, 45, says that his favorite is the library at Admont Abbey in Austria, the largest monastery library in the world, pictured above.
Dr Campbell says that although public libraries are being closed in Europe but in other parts of the world they are being built, including the ultra-modern National Library of China in Beijing.
This, one, The Codrington Library at All Souls College in Oxford, is a little slice of heaven. Those floors! That gray. Wooden desks. It’s amazingly on trend. (I really hate myself for even saying that.) But this should be inspiration for someone’s house. Take it and run, people!
Biblioteca Joanina, in Coimbra, Portugal
The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Yes, I could live here. This is what I would imagine a library designed by Tom Ford would look like.
Mafra Palace Library, in Mafra, Portugal
The Tripitaka Koreana at the Haeinsa Temple in South Korea
And that top photo: George Peabody Library, Baltimore! Who knew?!? I would have bet on Europe.
Which one is your favorite?! I’m torn between Baltimore and Paris.
Put this on your holiday gift/wish list.