Friday Fun: Libraries Big Enough for Stairs

There is something aspirational (and yet something that feels so right and natural) about staircases in libraries. Why would you ever not have a spiral staircase or a ladder if you have a large home library?

Ah, maybe because the ceilings are too low? In the house in England, where my younger son’s bunk bed might be too tall to fit, I think I can safely reach even the highest shelf without a stepladder.

House on the Rock, Wisconsin. From its website.
House on the Rock, Wisconsin. From its website.
The Oresman Library.
The Oresman Library.
Sobre spiral in metal, from Pinterest.
Sobre spiral in metal, from Pinterest.
OK, this is a professional bookstore in Mexico, but how inspirational is this? From CNN website.
OK, this is a professional bookstore in Mexico, but how inspirational is this? From CNN website.
Just one simple wall... from mocooo.com
Just one simple wall… from mocooo.com
A mezzanine without books is a bit of a waste... From somethingblond.blogspot.com
A mezzanine without books is a bit of a waste… From somethingblond.blogspot.com
For the modernists, from Decoist.com
For the modernists, from Decoist.com
For the classicists, from rebrn.com
For the classicists, from rebrn.com
From the outside, looking in... From Decoist.com
From the outside, looking in… From Decoist.com

 

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19 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Libraries Big Enough for Stairs”

  1. Delicious Marina! I remember as a young girl watching movies such as My Fair Lady and seeing Professor Higgin’s Library and another Hepburn movie, Funny Face with that decadent book store… of course my favourite will remain Shakespeare and Company in Paris. While it is a bookstore and not a library, George Whitman loaned many a book to starving young writers for years. Writers like Hemingway…

      1. If you like the bookstore, you may really enjoy the book Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer. A former Canadian who now lives in Marseilles. The book carries a different title in the UK: Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: the Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co
        It is about Mercer’s experiences while living inside the bookstore for nine months.

  2. Ooh, very difficult to choose this week – any of the top three would suit me fine. But I think I’ll settle for number 2 – love the traditional aspect of all the wood, but the light colour lifts it…

    1. My job is not to make life easy for you with yes and no answers. My job is to put you in front of endless enticing options, to make you wish upon a star and waft away to Cloud Cuckooland…

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