A Library and Books

I am a book lover and I especially love really old libraries that have been preserved. I saw a photo on Pinterest of a beautiful library and I noticed it was in Paris, on rue Richelieu in fact. I took a chance I could get in and, sure enough, even though I wasn’t a student or didn’t have a card, the librarian let me take a couple of photos. I was so thrilled.

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The interior of the building before I even reached the library.

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Here it is. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

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Love the green lamps. Of course, most of the people in the library didn’t need them as they were on computers.

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A closer look.

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With my bird’s eye lens. And listen to this: near the end of the year the library will be renovated and every one of those books will have to be moved! Can you imagine that job? I don’t know if the books will be accessible or not. I forgot to ask the librarian how many books were there. I’m hoping the library isn’t modernised. I would hate that.

8 thoughts to “A Library and Books”

  1. Omg, I LOVE this. Being a major bookworm, I adore libraries. Since I’ve gotten my kindle and switched to mostly digital books, even from libraries, I rarely get inside them anymore. But the old ones are still my favorite and this is a gorgeous specimen.

    I’m hoping to get into some of them to work while I’m traveling from now on. Most major cities have public libraries that allow visitors to use their wifi, and I’m really excited about spending time in them again.

  2. I agree that libraries are the best, from my very earliest days I’ve been in love with libraries. Good pictures. I could definitely spend the day there.

  3. Well it is not just any library but a branch of the BNF.
    Today, the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France are housed in two different places: the François-Mitterrand Library and the Richelieu Library.

  4. What a gorgeous place!

    You’ve probably been to the Library of Congress – one of my favourite places in DC. Your photos remind me of it a little with the arches and reading room.

    Great photos as usual!

  5. I always feel “at home” when in any library. This is a lovely one. I can’t imagine having to move all those books but since I’m too far away to help, I’ll leave it up to you. 😉

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