It’s National Library Week!

In tough economic times, communities rely more and more heavily on the services provided by public libraries.  Yet libraries across the country are seeing their budgets slashed.  I posted recently on how libraries need your support.  Click here if you missed it.  This week, try to fit in a visit to your local library and thank a library worker for his/her service to your community.

To kick off the week, I’m featuring my favorite libraries.

Copley Library at the University of San Diego, where I spent countless undergraduate hours in the gorgeous reading room.  Walking into that room always made me feel like Belle when the Beast gave her his library.


Central Rappahannock Regional Library, one of the places I will remember fondly and miss most about Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Thousand Oaks Library, the library of my childhood where I learned to love books and the librarians who care for them (It didn’t look like this in the 80s though). 

Honorable mentions

Geisel Library at UCSD because it’s just such a cool building.

The Redwood Library in Newport, RI which is the oldest the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country.


Folger Shakespeare Library which has a fantastic celebration in honor of the Bard’s birthday every year.

The Library of Congress which I went into for the first time last fall and have a library card for!

I hope to someday see the New York Public Library and Baker Library of Dartmouth College (for Jose Clemente Orozco’s Epic of American Civilization mural).

With so many amazing libraries all over the world, many of them housed in buildings of architectural grandeur, which are your favorites?

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