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Flourishing Fort Williams

Fort Williams Library (FWL) is situated in the town center’s tree lined pedestrian precinct. Next to Ben Nevis, Scotland (and the UK’s) tallest mountain, FWL serves the municipality’s 10,000 people and used to be funded by its council, but is now one … Continue reading

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Porthmadog’s Positioned Perfectly…

…for the community’s convenience. Llyfrgell Porthmadog (LP) or in English, Porthmadog Library, on the west coast of Wales by lovely Snowdonia National Park, shares quarters with the leisure centre. A few steps from downtown by the supermarket and tennis courts, it’s fronted … Continue reading

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Fulfilling Füssen

While in the highest town in Germany’s Bavaria last summer I went to Stadt Bibliothek Füssen (SBF). Housed in a baroque monastery, the stairs down are half-timbered so I’m surprised to find sleek glass and steel fixtures.  Futuristic sconces and floor lamps dot the … Continue reading

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Liking Little Liechtenstein’s Library

With Austria to the east and Switzerland across the Rhine to the west, the mountainous terrain surrounding the Liechtensteinische Landesbibliothek (LL) or National Library of the Principality of Liechtenstein, for those of us who don’t speak German, is breathtaking.  LL is … Continue reading

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Chuffed about Chur’s Libraries

Chur (pronounced coor) is in the idyllic “Heidi” country of eastern Switzerland, so the sounds of ringing cowbells echo from the surrounding verdant hillside meadows. In the heart of the pretty old town, through a vaulted passage, lies Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden (KBG). The … Continue reading

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Inspiring Innsbruck

I got a taste of this pretty Austrian metropolis many years ago, a few years after their 1976 Winter Olympics.  Bigger now, it retains its charm.  A short walk from the pastel houses lining the sparkling Inn River I came to the Stadtbücherei … Continue reading

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Serene Sežana

Just 11 miles from Trieste, nestled in the rolling green hills of tidy southwestern Slovenia, lies the town of Sežana.  Once belonging to Austria, they had to hide all Slovenian books while occupied by Italy after World War I.  During WWII it was … Continue reading

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