In honor of National Library Week, I would like to take you on a little tour of the coolest library I have ever been to: The Seattle Library.
(That's me, your bibliophile tour guide!)
Like Seattle itself, The Seattle Public Library manages to balance on the tightrope between hi-tech advancements, intelligence, style, environmentalism, and comfort.
The escalators are lit up in a school bus yellow color, the details of the dewey decimal system rotate on large television screens, rain patters on the diamond shaped window panes, and 400 computers sit ready to be used.
The stacks are spread over several floors, but there are no stair between the floors. Much like a car driving up an elevated parking lot at an airport, library patrons walk up slightly ascending circular paths to find the books they want. The numbers of the Dewey Decimal System are written practically on the concrete floor.
Many of the chairs are clearly from previous generations of the library, there are no artistic or architectural inefficiencies, and the companies with a presence in the library were once Seattle Start ups.
The Seattle Public Library is a great choice for book nerds, architectural enthusiasts, environmentalists, or even people who want to spend a few minutes sheltered from the rain.
Oh, and make sure you take a photo of your reflection in the awesome diamond windows that loom over you just outside the entryway. My friend Catherine and I obviously did.
(Some of these photos are Catherine's and some are mine)