It’s been a very, very rainy and thunderstormy week. The kind that makes you want to curl up with a good book and not leave the apartment.
The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal [via]
Flavorpill just did an awesome series on libraries so I’m including some of my personal favorites here. Check them all out: Public libraries around the world, College libraries around the world, and Public libraries in the US.
George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD [via]I was talking with the Mr.’s friend Steve who is visiting us this week about how one of the bummers about Hong Kong is it really lacks the historic institutions you have in other places, like old art museums and libraries.
Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam [via]
I think that is in part because 1.Here they love everything NEW and have no qualms whatsoever about tearing down a historic building 2. Philanthropy is not big in Asia. 3. Everyone sends their kids to the US or Europe to be educated.
I often wonder about no. 2. I think in part it’s because obviously the communist idea is for everyone to be taken care of and for the government to provide all social services. That’s true here where all the museums and hopsitals are pretty much funded by the government.
Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA [via]
American entrepreneur Jay Walker’s private library. [via]
Although lots of the tycoons do a lot of philanthropy through the Hong Kong Jockey Club… but I think it still pales in comparison to what we expect of billionaires in the States. The other weird thing is that so many of the tycoons are also in government (like many of them are on the electoral committee) so it’s sort of like one in the same. Also, there’s no such thing as a charitable tax deduction here either so that doesn’t help.
George Lucas’s library at Skywalker Ranch, a company retreat in Marin County, California. [via]
And sadly of course it does seem like real books are going the way of the kindle, but I do love this modern library.
Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany [via]
If you’re here in Hong Kong and you know of a beautiful library here I need to check out pleas do ping me! Otherwise, I wish you all a relaxing and dry weekend!!