Earlier today, I was chatting with my better half, Beau, and I mentioned how I would love to have a library in our future house (which does not exist yet). He didn’t quite see eye to eye with me on this one:
ME: Can we have a library in our house someday?
BEAU: We already have a library.
ME: What are you talking about?
BEAU: If a library is a room full of books, Library #1 is our living room. Library #2, the bedroom. Library #3, the office.
ME: (dreamily) It would be all tall, gorgeous shelves full of books with comfy overstuffed chairs.
BEAU: And maybe the bathroom is Library #4.
ME: Hmph. Not what I meant, punk.
This got me thinking about beautiful libraries. I love libraries, and beautiful libraries are even better. The first one that popped into my my is the gorgeous library at the monastery in the movie Ever After. I can’t find a picture of that exact library, but it is multiple floors and open to the working area where the monks are making new copies of the books (this Cinderella movie is set hundreds of years ago). Danielle, our Cinderella, lights up as she tells the story of falling in love with the book Utopia by Sir Thomas More.
The omnipresent library of the Harry Potter books (and movies) also deserves a nod. Major props go to JK Rowling for working the library into every book in the series. Harry’s good buddy Hermione manages to find out something important from a book that moves the plot forward in every story in the series; the library is practically a character in the books.
There are also a couple of fantastic libraries in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (side note: I can’t believe this movie is more than 20 years old). As a kid, the fact that Belle adored reading made me love her more. Who could forget the charming town book shop or the luxurious library at the Beast’s mansion?
For some real-life beautiful libraries, check out this slideshow of twelve stunning libraries. Which libraries (real or imagined) do you think of when you think of libraries?