"Libraries have also served as community hubs, places where the curious, the scholarly, and the intellectually excitable could gather in the company of one another, surrounded by untold information-wealth…"

Wise words from Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow.  

(we particularly enjoyed that he facepalmed an imaginary Mr. Blowhard, who believes the Internet has replaced the Library)

wordsbydan:

7 Great quotes about libraries on photos of beautiful libraries

With libraries around the world in danger of extinction, Flavorwire posted a series of great quotes about libraries from famous writers. I decided to pair them with some of the world’s most beautiful libraries. You’re welcome;

  1. Trinity College Library - University of Dublin
  2. University Club Library – New York City
  3. Admont Abbey Library – Austria
  4. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro
  5. Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle
  6. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  7. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa

Click on the photo to see it full size. Support your local library, kids.

myjetpack:

A book of my cartoons will be out in late April.

myjetpack:

book of my cartoons will be out in late April.

collectivehistory:

London readers continue to browse at a bombed-out library, WWII. 

Dedication.

collectivehistory:

London readers continue to browse at a bombed-out library, WWII. 

Dedication.




“My local library branch started doing this “Blind Date with a Book” thing, thought you guys might like it. The shelf was full when we got there, but was like this as we were leaving. The books are wrapped in paper and have different designs on them, and then a few words vaguely describing the subject matter of the book. Things like “Drama”, “Plot Twists”, “espionage”, etc. The only thing exposed on the book is the barcode that you use to scan the book out. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.”

“My local library branch started doing this “Blind Date with a Book” thing, thought you guys might like it. The shelf was full when we got there, but was like this as we were leaving. The books are wrapped in paper and have different designs on them, and then a few words vaguely describing the subject matter of the book. Things like “Drama”, “Plot Twists”, “espionage”, etc. The only thing exposed on the book is the barcode that you use to scan the book out. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.”

neil-gaiman:

Why a proposed book-burning party was a Very Good Thing Indeed.

(PLEASE Watch this. Be proud of your libraries. And remember, it’s not about taxes. It’s about knowledge, and humanity, and access to the internet, and what libraries are and represent, and what librarians do.)

(Source: booksandstories)

A book returned to the NYPL’s New Dorp branch. They say: “Good intentions… Bad execution.”

A book returned to the NYPL’s New Dorp branch. They say: “Good intentions… Bad execution.”

"A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure."
Lilian Jackson Braun

(Source: goodreads.com)

ANCIENT LIFE-SIZE LION STATUES BAFFLE SCIENTISTS →

nypl:

Two sculptures of life-size lions, each weighing about 5 tons in antiquity, have been discovered in what is now Turkey, with archaeologists perplexed over what the granite cats were used for.

They were guarding an ancient library, clearly.

Would someone please tell me what this gifset is from?