No matter where I might travel I almost always end up at some sort of library. It could be a historic library in some palace or a somewhat more modern library like The Boston Public or Los Angeles Public Library Downtown. We have even toured John and John Quincey Adam “Stone Library: in Quincey, Massachusetts – a small, yet impressive private library (although now open to the public as a National Park. –– Douglas
Libraries have long been more than simple repositories of knowledge. They are living centers of intellectual exchange, research, teaching, and learning whose doors are firmly open to the world at large. They are places of education and of cultural and scientific transfer within their domain and at the same time open portals to global information. Libraries stand for communication with the past, present and future. Furthermore, libraries were and remain statements of prestige as well as aesthetic and architectural sophistication. These houses of knowledge and its appropriation have inspired secular and spiritual authorities since the Early Modern Era to devote particular attention to their design and décor—as abundantly witnessed by these impressive photographs.