Posted by: bluesyemre | April 15, 2014

Libraries are dying? Think again

In honor of National Library Week, CNN iReport asked photographers, architecture aficionados and book lovers to share photos of their most favorite libraries such as this photograph of the<a href='' target='_blank'> University Library</a> at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by <a href=''>Glenn Nagel</a>. The library was founded in 1867 and actually predates the university. Today, the University Library holds more than 13 million volumes and is known for allowing all members of the community to view its collection onsite.


  • Like many visitors in Seattle, Glenn Nagel found himself in the city trying to avoid the rain. After wandering around, he eventually made his way to the Seattle Public Library to escape the dreary weather. Little did he know that stepping into Seattle’s Central Library would spark his curiosity. The library’s geometric glass and steel interior with its sprawling “books spiral” grabbed ahold of him. “It’s just an incredible building,” he said, still remembering his awe during that 2013 trip. “I spent an hour and a half just taking pictures, and while doing that, I was getting the idea that I should visit other libraries.” This past year, Nagel has traveled to 12 libraries across the United States, photographing their shelves and hallways like an explorer. He’s one of many people discovering a renewed fascination with libraries. He and other iReporters shared photos of libraries they visited with CNN iReport for National Library Week, observed April 13-19 this year.

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