New York Public Library

It’s been a busy weekend of moving, throwing a house cooling party, cleaning and catching colds. So today when I chanced it out of work nearly an hour early, I decided to use the time to recuperate.

I headed to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue for the New York City Public Library. Somehow I’d never been before – I don’t think I’d even admired it from the outside.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

The inside is a majestic maze of ornate doors, statues and classical paintings. I headed for the third floor and after nipping through a few hallways and several more doors, it suddenly gave way to the Rosa Main Reading Room.

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The room stretches on and on, rows of wooden tables dotted with lamps and surrounded by ancient tomes. But I stuck to my home-brought material, a collection of poems by Angela Veronica Wong whichย I bought from the Strand.

The Library, which celebrates its 102nd official birthday this year, is beautiful. Grand, solid and perfectly manicured.

Growing up in Europe meant I was never far from stunning architecture so while the building is nothing I haven’t seen before, I really loved that this one was used (and judging by the crowds, it really was used) as a library. Despite its popularity, it was a surprisingly quiet reading spot and perfect for me to wind down/pretend I was still a uni student.

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Ooh and they have a sense of humour there too:

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(Lego)