“Don’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read… ” ~ Neil Gaiman
It’s truly astonishing, how different combinations of the same 26 letters can produce such unique works of art. It’s amazing that simple symbols on a piece of paper can fill you with poignant emotions, send you pondering into thought, or have you living vicariously the stories of another.
In all my years as an avid reader of books, I’ve often found that the environment I read books in greatly influencede my enjoyment of the story. When my senses are enveloped with the smell of old books, the aesthetic tones of colours around me and the rich silence, it works as a catalyst to fill my head with immense joy and wonder.
Public Libraries from around the world have helped this happen for centuries. They have educated and entertained the masses, generation after generation. They hold some of the most valuable works in history, from the Gutenberg Bible to the Voynich Manuscript.
I have previously posted 24 Stunning Private Libraries, and I’d like to dedicate this article to share with you some of the most beautifully breath-taking interior designs of public libraries from around the world.
I hope you enjoy them, feel free to hover over an image you like to share it on your favourite social networking site.