One thing we really enjoy doing is visiting public spaces and observing the architecture and layout. It’s always interesting to us to see the personality of a place based on how it’s put together, both aesthetically and in function. This year, we wanted to focus on one of our favorite kinds of spaces: the public library. Specifically, we’re looking at various branches in Allegheny County’s Carnegie Library system.
Our first stop is at the main branch of the Carnegie Library, right in the heart of Oakland. Since this post is all about the images, we’ll just focus on those and keep the commentary to a minimum. We hope you enjoy the tour!
The view from the street before you enter.
The building has a certain gravitas, no?
A touch of the modern amidst all the stone.
The open area of the library’s main floor is very inviting; off-camera, there’s a mini-Crazy Mocha branch that serves coffee, tea, and treats.
It’s hard to see it here, but in the jam-packed stacks, there is actually a small gap in the floor that runs along the base of each bookcase. It allows you to see the floors above and below, with their matching stacks that sit one atop the other. It’s like you’re searching one section of what is actually a mountain of knowledge.
It is easy to get lost (or simply lose oneself) back here.
“Were they merely seeking knowledge…”
“…or were they in the midst of a murder mystery?“
Upstairs, out of the stacks, we’re back in warmer light and inviting, open space.
Some areas of the building even retain those nifty old school card catalogs.
A gorgeous view in the stairwell.
Gothic stone meets Singin’ in the Rain.
Ignore the anti-theft alarms and look at everything else. It all adds up to give you a feeling like you’re in a place of import. A place where something special happens.
As you exit the library, you can see the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.
Heading back toward the car, we were wished well by Dippy here, dressed in his jaunty little rasta hat.
And that, friends, is the Carnegie Library, main branch. Do visit, as they host many activities and have a massive variety of books. Check back with us next month when we visit this branch again for the 21+ event, After Hours @ the Library! We’ll return with another branch tour in the spring.