Philosophical Hall at Strahov Monastery

I like libraries.  Especially the really old libraries with the ornate woodwork, the old comfy chairs, and, especially, the old books.  They don’t build libraries like that anymore.  Now, they’re modern looking shells of steel and glass with gargantuan shelves and little elevators that bring you up to the level you need to get the book you are looking for.

Strahov Monastery (Strahovsky klaster)The Philosophical Hall of Strahov Monastery Library is an 18th century library.  With it’s original books…

 

While there are parts of the library that are open to the public, the Philosophical hall is not. A photographer by the name of Jeffrey Martin has gone and taken a full 360 degree panorama of the hall. There’s an article on the process up at Wired Underwire, or you can go directly to the image on 360 cities. If you zoom in, you can see most of the titles on the books. Most are in a language I don’t read, so couldn’t tell you what they actually say. Still fun to look at though!

Photo Credit:Tjflex2, on Flickr

The Hearst Private Library

I’m a big fan of libraries.  Dens.  Nooks.  Wherever you can store books, mostly.  Big private library/study room are almost entirely a thing of the past now.  Very few newer homes have one.

So, I found it a little hard to not share this picture of the Hearst library at Hearst Castle.  It is/was  a private library. They’ve done some work to the Castle and made it into a tourist/historic landmark of some sort, so I don’t know if you can access the library or not.  In any case, here it is as taken by Trey Ratcliff of Stuckincustoms.com (which is an excellent photo blog if you like that sort of thing.)  Click on the image to see it bigger at flickr.  If you’re interested in Trey’s methods (HDR photography), he’s got a book out as well.   Check out A World in HDR.

Hearst Library

Yummy library.