I recently visited the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum and was blown away by the art, the rare books and manuscripts,* and the architecture of the library itself. Here are a few pictures.
The library is three stories with a hidden staircase behind one of the lower bookcases. A sixteenth century Dutch tapestry hangs above the fireplace.
Even the ceiling is magnificent, as is the librarian’s office (below right), which has now been turned into an exhibition space.
Just across from the library is Pierpont Morgan’s study and the entranceway rotunda, which features more beautiful architecture and another painted ceiling.
*Some of the writings on display are from Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, George Washington, Coleridge, Thoreau, Mozart, Debussy, and Shubert, just to name a few. They also have three Gutenberg Bibles, one of which is always on display.
So, what beautiful libraries have you visited?