Friday Fun: Unusual Libraries Around the World

Home libraries are all very fine and dandy, but nothing beats the variety and serendipity of a well-stocked public library. Even better when the library is in a hard-to-reach place or else a magnificent architectural feat. Here are some of my recent favourites.

The resurrected Library of Alexandria, from www.egyptqueen.com
The resurrected Library of Alexandria, from http://www.egyptqueen.com
The delivery by donkey library in Colombia, Biblioburro, from litreactor.com
The delivery by donkey library in Colombia, Biblioburro, from litreactor.com
Pride of France, the Bibliotheque Nationale, photo by Franck Bohbot.
Pride of France, the Bibliotheque Nationale, photo by Franck Bohbot.
Mekong Lao river library for schoolchildren in China, from guardian.com
Mekong Lao river library for schoolchildren in China, from guardian.com
The Reading Room at the British Museum, where I wrote most of my thesis, before the library moved to its new building.
The Reading Room at the British Museum, where I wrote most of my thesis, before the library moved to its new building.
Ecological credentials for the Warsaw University Library, from tourwarsaw.wordpress.com
Ecological credentials for the Warsaw University Library, from tourwarsaw.wordpress.com
Known as the Black Diamond, the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen is quite something from every angle. From flavorwire.com
Known as the Black Diamond, the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen is quite something from every angle. From flavorwire.com