Those are all laudable endeavors but I thought it might be fun to have one of my own. So, here it is: I would like to see in my lifetime, the most beautiful and/or famous and/or significant libraries around the world. I thought it would be fun to start with The George Peabody Library, shown below.
Have you got beautiful or significantly important libraries that you might recommend to me? Of course, they must have public access. Feel free to find a way to add your proposed library to my list. If possible, add a pic and tell me a little bit about it!
The following information about The George Peabody Library was found on the History page at www.peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu.
The George Peabody Library, formerly the LIbrary of the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, dates from the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857 when George Peabody dedicated the Institute to the citizens of Baltimore.
the Institute originally comprised a free public library. . . . It first opened in 1878. The building contains five tiers or ornamental cast-iron balconies. The skylight is 61 feet high.
The library contains over 300,000 titles, including those in archaeology, British art and architecture, history, biography, literature, languages, the classics, geography, exploration and travel and maps.
The George Peabody Library is now a non-circulating collection that is open to the general public.