Wolfville, Nova Scotia. When we are old, we can open one. Bar in the corner, comfy seats and lights everywhere. Quiet music. A membership card that allows one to check out books. A snackbar that serves baked goods and coffees and teas (and allows shots of whiskey, rum, or liquers in the hot drinks!). ... Perfect!
Lello & Irmao in Porto, Portugal usually makes the various lists of The Top 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. It opened in 1906 and features stunning Art Deco woodwork, a stained glass ceiling, and ornate shelving with a dramatic staircase up the center of the store.
Old Church Converted into a Modern Bookstore - My Modern Metropolis
The El Ateneo Bookstore on Santa Fe near Callao, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stowe House Library by Canis Major, via Flickr. Part of the library in Stowe House, Buckinghamshire. The library is still used by pupils at Stowe School so the books are not all as antiquated as in many old houses.
The George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland
Great Entry into the Library...nonisland: amandaonwriting: Brentwood Library [Image is of the doorway to the Story Room, the walls of which look like giant books sculpted with scenes from the story on their covers and with an awning made to resemble an open book facedown over the walkway, the opening lines of a fairy tale glowing from it.]
Brentwood Library - Once upon a time...
The Trinity Library, Dublin, Ireland.
This is the bookstore El Ateneo in Buenos Aires and believe it or not this was actually a real theatre and then a movie theatre before it became a bookshop. We at World Book Night especially like the mix of modern design with original building features, as it illustrates just how important all books are, old and new.
El Ateneo, Guinness World Record Library in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Baldwin Book Barn, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Chained library at Chetham Library in Manchester, England, The oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Chetham Library in Manchester, England,