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November 2008 Theme Day – Books

Posted by Jackie on November 1, 2008

So, what on earth has this picture got to do with books? I hear you cry. Well, this is the view from my office at Glasgow University, and the beautiful building opposite my window is in fact the University Library. It was built in 1968, and houses over 2 million books and journals on 12 levels. If there is ever a theme day of “the ugliest building in your city”, or perhaps “concrete” I can always reuse this picture – maybe I’ll suggest it, I’m sure it would be a very popular theme for the daily photo blogs.

There are lots of city daily photo blogs taking part in the theme day today. Click on the links below to see books from all over the world (you never know, if you get really lucky you might see some more concrete as well 🙂 ).

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by freefalling, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Aurora, South Africa by shelagh, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Bali, Indonesia by Anak Dokan, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Bangkok, Thailand by UberSand, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Birmingham (AL), USA by VJ, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Ilse, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boulder (CO), USA by A Sterling World, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Chandler (AZ), USA by PattheAZRealtor, Chapel Hill (NC), USA by missleah, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Chateaubriant, France by trieulet, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Ram N, City of the Blue Mountains, Australia by Richard, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Evry, France by Olivier, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Gliwice, Poland by prado&fio, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by PPusa, Herne Bay, Great Britain by Han, Lil n Caz, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Honningsvag, Norway by J., Islip (NY), USA by Bettye, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jakarta, Indonesia by Santy, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Susie of Arabia, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Karwar, India by Yogesh, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Knoxville (TN), USA by hope, Lakewood (OH), USA by mouse, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lodz, Poland by wikiyu, London, UK by Ham, Madrid, Spain by Tr3nta, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Hilda, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Melbourne, Australia by John, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Middletown (MD), USA by Bernie, Milton, New Zealand by Milton Daily Photo, Milwaukee (WI), USA by karl, Minneapolis (MN), USA by snapshutter, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Molfetta, Italy by saretta, Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Montréal, Canada by My Life in Montreal, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Moscow (ID), USA by Sherry, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Murcia, Spain by usuahia, Napa (CA), USA by katester, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by Kitty, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Oklahoma City (OK), USA by ananda.tashie, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Palos Verdes (CA), USA by tash, Paris, France by Eric, Paris, France by Elsa, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pensacola (FL), USA by P J, Philadelphia (PA), USA by Stiffa, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Sharon, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Prague, Czech Republic by kakna, Quincy (MA), USA by slim, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Riga Photos, Roanoke (VA), USA by Tanya, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by jill, Salem (OR), USA by pearls, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Francisco (CA), USA by Burd Zel Krai, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, Korea South by SeoulSnapper, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Singapore, Singapore by Zannnie, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tamarindo, Costa Rica by David, Tauranga, New Zealand by Lisa Sarsfield, Telluride (CO), USA by mtsrool, Tempe (AZ), USA by angie, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Toulouse, France by Julia, Trieste, Italy by Rob&Piero, Turin, Italy by Livio, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Verona, Italy by Valeria in Verona, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by D.C. Confidential, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Woerden, Netherlands by Marcel, Yakima (WA), USA by katney, Yellowknife, Canada by Arctic Dreamer, York, UK by Ruby in York

24 Responses to “November 2008 Theme Day – Books”

  1. Wayne said

    It would seem 1968 wasn’t a good year for architecture in Glasgow.

  2. Mary Jo said

    Its a very original choice! I bet you can spend a week lost inside it!

  3. Jilly said

    That’s an very large building for a library and I wouldn’t want to imagine how many books it contains.

  4. Andrew said

    I have seen more extreme examples of brutalist architecture. It is not so bad. I am new person to your photo blog. I did not realise until recently that Glasgow is bigger than Edinburgh.

  5. marley said

    It looks like a Russian army base!

    I like your different take on the theme. Its good to have some varietiy 🙂

  6. Hilda said

    OMG! I don’t care that it looks like a fortress, I am sooo envious of your university library!!! I am in awe! Fantastic post for theme day!

  7. really ugly – so grey and dull; economical, or what?

  8. Gwyn said

    Greetings from Juneau (Alaska) Daily Photo!
    You get an A+ for creativity. Personally, I like the architecture of this building. I agree the gray is rather drab, however, I’m sure this building will last a very long time. I’m glad they built a strong building to protect those books.
    Have a great day!:)

  9. Like one says,What really matters is the inside not the outside!!!!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    happy themes day.

  10. G_mirage said

    They say ‘Don’t judge the book by its cover’ 😀 True enough and no pun intended, this building aint that pretty but surely holds treasures! Happy theme day!

  11. joy said

    I’m glad you think that it’s ugly 😀 Because that’s what I thought, too 🙂 I love libraries, and I especially love those are housed in beautiful buildings.

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  12. imajoebob said

    Never mind styles of the times, but Libraries were very different buildings in the 60’s and 70’s. Some, like this, housed millions and millions of books, theses, etc. They needed very robust construction. My university library was basically a concrete cube, but it housed 12 levels of stacks. Reinforced concrete fit the bill, and allowed some freedom to explore different shapes (okay, not all succeeded). They needed to balance light (for the people) with dark (to protect the books). Today’s libraries carry far fewer books, and most space is for workstations, open seating, very limited stacks, and lots of servers. Take a look at the library at the London School of Economics>/a> for a good example of the modern library.

    What I really like about this building, and I don’t think it’s intentional but the angle, is the stair stack that looks like a book!

  13. babooshka said

    You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover or a photo. Huge library and perfect for theme day a home of books. I am a big fan of libraries, always the first place I sign up to when I move area.

  14. Greg said

    Here in Hobart there is a library that looks just as unattractive. It must be a requirement for big libraries to look unattractive

    Happy theme day!

  15. I think ugly buildings would be a great theme day topic too.

  16. ken said

    There are few university libraries around here that were built in the 60’s that are just as attractive:)

  17. Barb said

    That’s a cool looking building.

  18. denton said

    Twelve levles of books. Very impressive.

  19. Steven said

    Oh my Jackie! This shot has multiple impressions of the word “Books”. It houses books, It was built by books and of course, It looks like books! Loove Love Love it!


  20. For a library, that is pretty uninspiring. But 12 levels and 2 million volumes?! Oh, bliss! Is the library named after Scotland’s most famous and loved poet?

    As for doing an ugly building theme, sign me up. There are several in this city starting with the Third Church of Christ Scientist, the FBI Building, and a recently-opened government building over on New York Avenue that is just the apex of hideous! In fact, it makes the first two I mentioned look attractive.

    Happy Theme Day!

  21. Kris said

    It looks like an off shoot of Hitler’s bunker!

  22. Eileen said

    It’s perhaps not the prettiest building to look at, but it has an amazing view from it’s huge windows on level 11. I practically lived there in my uni days, so I at least wanted something nice to look at when I stared into space.

  23. Jackie said

    Eileen you’re right the views from the top are fantastic. I tend to work in my office though, so at least I don’t get distracted by the view!

  24. Linda said

    Best thing for your research! When I was a PhD student at Aberdeen my office looked out over the north sea, with a view of the Orkney and Shetland ferries setting out or returning, and I spent far too much time daydreaming.

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