library of the month

I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a post that is all about a cool library or a celebrity library I break my finger clicking as fast as humanly possible.

One of my aspirational dreams in life is to have an epic library. Even if I can only afford a tiny house where I end up sleeping on piles of books…but that’s a story for another time.

Since I love libraries, I guess you probably do too. So, I want to create a new monthly post here: the library of the month.

I’m going to feature at least one but likely a few (library of the month sounds better than libraries of the month) options, maybe they’ll be on a theme, maybe not.

Library of the Month: Abbey Library of St. Gallen

 

Have you ever walked into a building that was so fancy you knew you probably shouldn’t even move because you might disrupt its perfectness?

As a walking bull in a china shop, I have spent my life being incredibly aware of my ability to knock things over. So I feel like any time I’d spend in this month’s library, Switzerland’s Abbey Library of St. Gallen, would be equal measure in awe and holding my breath.

Talk about a wow building.

The original library was able to survive a fire in 937 that destroyed the Abbey. The current incarnation of the library was built in the late 1750s. Can you imagine the thousands of hours of hand carving and painting that went into this building?

It’s the oldest library in Switzerland and one of the oldest and most important in all of Europe. There are about 160,00 volumes in total, including about 3,000 books that were printed between in the 8th and 16th centuries.

Pause and think about that for a minute.

Books from the year 900 and 1002 and 1492.

Holy shit.

The library and abbey are considered so important to society they are included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ready for some pictures?

Me too.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen
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Someday, when I’m retired and rich and can spend my days visiting famous libraries of the world, I’ll be off to Switzerland to check out this one in person.

If you have a suggestion or recommendation for an upcoming Library of the Month, leave me a comment. You can check out last month’s edition right here.