They asked us to be quiet. The truth is, the building didn't allow for quiet. You could hear someone pull The Republic from the shelf 100 metres away. Turning the pages of Beyond Good and Evil was enough to get the librarian to give you the evil eye. Whoever designed this place had an understanding of spacial drama but was far from adept in the art of spacial acoustics. Just sayin'.
Trinity College Library
'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870
a very nice book shelf