Things I Love: Libraries, and These are Amazing

The Admont Library in Admont, Austria. Image from

The Admont Library in Admont, Austria. Image from


Take a look at this photo collection of world-famous libraries. Some are old, some are new, but all of them are wonderful because they’re full of books. Which one draws you in?

For a nice contrast to those amazing buildings, here is my city library:

Santa Barbara Central Public Library. Image by Padraic Ryan

Santa Barbara downtown Public Library. Image by Padraic Ryan


It has a simple beauty of its own.

This was the (1924) main entrance to the library before a remodel in 1980. The doors are closed off and the entrance stands there in grandeur for history’s sake. I walked through them weekly as a child and into the magical world of reading:

Original entry to the Santa Barbara Public Library

Original entrance to the Santa Barbara downtown Public Library. Image by Darla McDavid


Don’t you just love libraries? Have you ever visited a world-famous one?

Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. I love them all, Darla. I froze at the picture, so mesmerized that I just stayed and stared.
    I have library cards in 6 libraries in 4 different states. When I’m playing nanny for one grandchild while I’m awaiting the birth of the next one, taking care of my mom for a month, taking a workshop for more than a week. or helping a friend sell one house and move into another…the first thing I do is get a library card. And I really do use it. Books are friends you’re hoping to meet wherever you go.


    • That’s a good idea — get library cards for when you travel! I would love to see the libraries in NY, Boston, and Dublin’s Trinity College. Besides books, there is so much history packed into those buildings.


  2. I love Library’s and the smell of old books. I have not been lately and am blessed by so many books that were given to me. I do like the idea of getting library cards for when I travel, wish I thought of that when we did more traveling.


      • I agree with you – I also like how everyone respects each others quiteness. I like to hear when libraries expand. We added a childrens center to ours a few years ago and did a fantastic job. I am sure in my retirment the library will become my haven. 😉


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