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Jun 6 2017 8:00am

Do You Have a Famous Bookstore or Library You’d Like to Visit?

Trinity College Library in Dublin

I think many bibliophiles can relate to trying to find a cute local bookstore or beautiful library while on vacation. Sometimes vacations are even built around a pilgrimage to that location. 

Are there any famous bookstores or libraries that you want to visit? Have you visited any iconic libraries or bookstores already? Do you plan trips specifically to go to these places, or do you prefer them to be more of a happy coincidence while you travel? 

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Wendy the Super Librarian
1. SuperWendy
I have a Holy Trinity of libraries - the Library of Congress, the British Library and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of NYPL (the one with the famous lions out front) - and I'm happy to say I've been to them all.

I also recommend the Morgan library because really, how can I not?



The only library left that I'd like to see would be Trinity College in Dublin because the architecture looks so amazing. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's the picture accompanying this post :)
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
The Ripped Bodice sounds like heaven for romance fans, so definitely that one, but SuperWendy's picks are ALSO downright dreamy...
Manda Collins
3. mandacollins
Definitely The Ripped Bodice. And I'd like to go to Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.

As for libraries, I've been to both the old British Library that was next to the British museum - - with the reading room where so many famous writers and researchers studied, which was amazing. And also to the newer modern version which was awesome in a different way.

Haven't been to either the Library of Congress or the NYPL but one day soon I hope! I'd also like to visit the Athenaeum and the Enoch Pratt Free Library in... Baltimore? Boston? Too lazy to check right now. I've just come in from outdoors and it's eleventy billion degrees out, so...
Elizabeth Halliday
4. Ibbitts
Yes!
Library: Trinity College Library, College Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Book Store: Livraria Lello, R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal
Someday...
srw59
5. srw59
Library of Congress, The Ripped Bodice & The Strand.
flmom1957
6. flmom1957
Library of Congress British Library, Strand, Ripped Bodice, and Shakespeare and Co
srw59
7. Raz
The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne is amazing. It reading room has a dome and Ned Kelly's original armour is on display.
lauralee1912
8. lauralee1912
My name is on a wall someplace from the days when I was a "friend" of the Library of Congress, so it is on my library visit list. I'd also like to visit the Book of Kells in person at Trinity College.
Julie Hensley
9. juburn
I was fortunate to be able to visit the Trinity College Library and the British Musuem-Very cool:)
srw59
10. laurasf
Great recommendations above. To make my Santorini, Greece vacation even more awesome was finding the Atlantis Bookshop:

https://www.facebook.com/atlantisbooks/
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