Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

21 07 2012

This week we’re challenged to look Inside.  Whilst in Melbourne, we visited the La Trobe Reading Room inside the State Library of Victoria.  It is a magnificent room and a spectactular heritage space.  The octagonal walls are lined with books and three levels of balconies rise up towards the restored dome ceiling.

La Trobe Reading Room: State Library of Victoria.

I love libraries and this one was fantastic.  As you enter through double doors there is a busy silence. People are studying and reading – you can almost feel them thinking.  The desks are custom built from Queensland oak and radiate out from the centre of the room.  The top is lined with leather and rests on your chosen angle.  I settled into a chair and looked around, wishing I was more than a passing tourist.  We took time to explore inside and visited the various galleries on each floor as well as Mr Tulk’s cafe.  It was a delightful and serendipitous day, a real treat to find and one I’d love to visit again.

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19 responses

21 07 2012
Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Wind Against Current

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21 07 2012
Lynne Ayers

Libraries are like cathedrals … :)

21 07 2012
Northern Narratives

I love libraries. This one is amazing :)

21 07 2012
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21 07 2012
Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Cardboard Me Travels

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21 07 2012
lemontree1

I would love to study in there, it is so peaceful :)

21 07 2012
dadirri7

wonderful photo louise, and i love your description of ‘busy silence’ so true, yet those words had never occurred to me before …. now i will feel it every time i enter a library!

21 07 2012
Shaanthz

That looks like an amazing library – I spend a lot of time in libraries too.

21 07 2012
Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside 2 | Just Snaps

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22 07 2012
woven decor

I can almost smell the old book leather and dust of bygone eras.

22 07 2012
Louise

Yes, yes we could! And wood polish!

22 07 2012
sutira

I love the inside of libraries. And this one is so grand!

22 07 2012
23 07 2012
Heart To Harp

What a cool room! A shrine to the printed word…….

23 07 2012
eof737

Impressive space. ;-)

23 07 2012
Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE « Flickr Comments by FrizzText

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23 07 2012
26 07 2012
The Retiring Sort

Very nice shot – it looks so austere!

5 08 2012
pommepal

I love your choice of words

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