Librarians on Tour – New York Public Library

On tour

A couple of months ago, Lisa went on holiday to New York and she couldn’t resist a visit to New York Public Library (the third largest public library in the world!). There had been a dusting of snow that day, so it looked really pretty from the outside!

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It is also an incredible building inside, with large public reading rooms and grand hallways filled with amazing artwork.

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Downstairs there is a children’s library with a Winnie the Pooh exhibit, containing Christopher Robin’s original teddies!

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It’s free to have a look around, so I definitely recommend a visit next time you’re in the Big Apple!

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Librarians on tour – the Library at the Lake

On tour

Back in 2016, Charley was in Slovenia, not looking for libraries at all. You don’t normally expect to find libraries in a place like this:

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Sure it looks beautiful but it was FREEZING when you tried to paddle in it

But even a lake can be a suitable place for a library – in this case a little free library in a lovingly crafted little house.

The library offered books for anyone to borrow and read while sitting in the sun around the lake. Books could then be returned, or you could add a book of your own to the collection.


All the photos in this post were created by Charley Vaughton and are licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 license

Librarians on tour – Australian edition

On tour

Jane, one of the research librarians, spent some time in Australia this Christmas. She couldn’t resist visiting a couple of libraries!

The first one she visited was a little honesty library in a shopping mall in Melbourne. People can borrow the books and bring them back, or replace them with another book, and there is no formal checking out process.

The second library was slightly larger and grander – the state library of Victoria, complete with dedicated chess playing area!

You can see some pictures from Jane’s trip below – click to view them in full.