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Serene Spot by Angkor Wat

I tried to find a public library near Siem Reap, Cambodia, but after a lot of searching, the most substantive information seemed to be from the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient who wrote me that “public libraries are only available…in the capital…”  … Continue reading

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Titanic Taipei

Wow!  Taipei Public Library’s (TPL) main location is one of the tallest public facilities I’ve encountered. Next to lovely and vast Da’an Park, the eleven story building has thirteen floors not including subterranean parking.  A wheelchair ramp leads to a … Continue reading

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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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