On a cold December afternoon last year I decided to step out of the grey Toronto chill and check out the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music Library. As I walked down the stairs to the library, I realized that … Continue reading
I have no photos from inside the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Main Library, but I hope this picture, of the library’s exterior, will pique your curiosity sufficiently to prompt you to visit both the museum and the library on … Continue reading
A lot has been written (by folks write for a living and who are much more articulate than I – here, here, and here ) describing the many ways that the Prelinger Library is awesome and I can now tell … Continue reading
The Pritzker Military Museum and Library might be the most surprising library I visited in Chicago. The library is a bit hard to find, since it shares a building with downtown offices and businesses, but once you locate the door, … Continue reading
Now before you all get too excited, I didn’t actually get a chance to do research or sit in any of the Newberry Library’s famous reading rooms. I definitely wish I had been more prepared and able to attend one … Continue reading
What is a poem? How does one experience poems? I have to admit, I’d never thought about these questions, but you may want to ponder them for a while before visiting the Poetry Foundation Library. Why? Because the Poetry Foundation … Continue reading
Opening the door to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries feels a little like entering an oasis. After navigating the hot Chicago streets and crowded Art Institute lobby, the quiet of the library room is welcoming, not oppressive. It also doesn’t … Continue reading
Mazamas, founded in 1894, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting mountaineering and that offers classes and leads hikes and climbs (open to both organization members and non-members.) While I enjoy camping and hiking as much (or perhaps … Continue reading
Blue Sky (also known as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts) is primarily a gallery space whose mission is to showcase both new and established photographers. Their downtown Portland location also houses a library, though, and for that reason I took a few minutes away from my (unofficial) brewpub tour to check them out. I may have missed a few beers, but it was definitely worth it!
The library is small, but bright and invitingly organized around a large table well-suited to the opening of hefty photography books. The collection spans a variety of photography-related topics: individual photographers, photography theory, and even technical manuals. All are well-labeled and easy to identify. While the small library’s collection does not circulate, the gallery staff welcomed me warmly to the library and left me to peruse the materials without interruption for quite some time. For anyone with an interest in photography, the Blue Sky Library and Resource Center seems like both a great resource and a wonderful, quiet place to study.
For more information about the library, visit their website at http://www.blueskygallery.org/resources/library/
I’m sorry to report that I have no photos of this library. I went with a friend and one does not embarrass one’s friends by taking nerdy library photos. Nevertheless, I hope this text is enough to encourage you to stop by the Historic Theaters Library at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.
This tiny (one room) library is simply lovely. Even if you are like me and have minimal interest in historic theaters, the passion of the volunteers who run the library will spark your curiosity. You will suddenly, as if by magic, find yourself intrigued by historic blueprints and painstakingly collected photocopies of newspaper clippings detailing the whole history of the three Seattle Theater Group theaters. You might even find that you are lingering to hear stories about people and artifacts that you had previously taken entirely for granted.
For more information about visiting the library, check out their webpage: http://stgpresents.org/library