The reading room of the Suzzallo library of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, was built in 1926 and has a Gothic interieur. Photography by Cap'n Surly Flickr.com Suzzallo Libraries, Favorite Places, University Of Washington, Universe Of Washington, Amazing Libraries, Univ Of Washington, Beautiful, Reading Rooms, Seattle Washington
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Suzzallo Library, Seattle. | Big, formal library reading rooms like this one are actually quite Basilica-like in the way that people move around them. Generally, people walk around it around the edges (aisles), only entering the center axis (nave) if they are going to take a photo or use the long reading tables. This processional circulation is now ingrained in most people. Walking right down the middle would be considered pretty rude and distracting!
I'd spend hours browsing those books.../ I took my time because I loved the silence,/ the scrubbed, glimmering aisles, the smell of lemon wax,/ and the dust motes drifting through pillars of light/ like snow through synagogue windows in the Carpathians. -Michael Waters, from "Covert Street"