Bookworms will agree that there is nothing more soothing than finding oneself surrounded by books. Libraries are a safe haven for those who like to immerse themselves in a fine piece of literature and I have found the ones you need to go to this summer!
John K. King Used and Rare Books-Detroit, MI
Michigan’s largest rare and used bookstore is technically not a library, but it is definitely a must see. Four stories filled to the brim with books, not including the ones stacked into neat piles on the floor, it’s a place close to home where you can lose yourself.
Fisher Fine Arts Library of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
This building was constructed in 1888 and was known for the architectural style of the Philadelphia’s many red-colored buildings. In 1972, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places and by 1985, it was named a National Historic Landmark.
Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, IL
The design of the building has been controversial with the public. Many, though, love the building as it is a nice mixture between the blending of its nineteenth-century neighbors and modern Chicago architecture.
New York Public Library in New York City, NY
The building houses 15 million items, including ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and medieval manuscripts. The library’s Rose Reading Room—with its known 52-foot-tall ceilings and beautiful cloud murals—recently reopened after a renovation that required the entire room to be sheathed in scaffolding.
Toronto Public Library in Toronto, ON
Toronto library is one of the most used libraries in all of North America and has over 12 million pieces in its collection. The residents of Toronto can even get museum passes with their library card. Each pass allows a maximum of two adults and four kids entering one site. Passes are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Passes for popular sites, such as the Toronto Zoo, the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and the Ontario Science Centre may require waiting in line.