“Books are uniquely portable magic” so sayeth Stephen King and I tend to agree! I can’t quite explain what a library does to me, I feel as though I’m walking into a world of endless possibilities. I can be anyone, I can be anywhere, I can time travel, I can learn something new, or I can simply reflect on my own writing. Libraries have always held some magic for me, so today I want to show you the world (or at least a portion of it). Let’s explore 5 shmexy Canadian Libraries, shall we? *wink wink*
1.Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto)
I decided to start with a library in my own hood, the beautiful and diverse Toronto. There are no words to properly describe how it feels to hold a rare book, let alone view one and they often display them for book addicts to drool over (behind glass of course). The library seems like you are entering the Tardis, its magnificent structure makes it seem like the centre of a grand machine, a machine that spews out books of course! Is there anything sexier than preserving history? I think not!
The Morrin Centre is not just a library; it’s a portal to time travel! It seems born of literature itself, and has even hosted the likes of Charles Dickens! The library is full of old books and antiques. I’m sure it smells divine in there (not a joke, book lovers know that old book smell is intoxicatingly magical)
If the style of this library seems a tad familiar, it’s because it’s shape is reminiscent of the Coliseum…only there aren’t any gladiators here, just glorious books! Located in Vancouver’s Business District it’s becoming a bit of a hub and hang out for locals as well as tourists. An expansion will be taking place soon, adding a rooftop hangout with greenspace, as well as more public areas. That’s right, this place is going to be your new Friday night hang sesh!
Mainly dedicated to the history of Quebec, this large library is bright and airy, complete with the modern flair that Montreal has perfected. The green banker lights against the white tables in the seating area feels like something out of a noir film. This futuristic feel is definitely inspiring, so if you’re a sci-fi writer, you might want to add it to your bucket list 😉
Had to save the most stunning library for last! Look no further than our country’s capital for this stunning piece of High Victorian Gothic Revival. The building reeks of majesty, and that has much to do with the fact that Queen Victoria claimed the land as our country’s capital back in 1857. Many have named this library one of the most stunning in the world, you only need look at a picture to see that it’s full of information about our country’s history. There are many lovely carvings throughout the building, but the most stunning piece is the white marble statue of Queen Victoria that observes you as you enter and explore the space.