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: Jay Walker’s Library
If I ever stumbled upon millions of dollars I’d pour a lot of it into making my own private library. The problem with that is I’d become totally anti-social since I’d lock myself away and never come out, except probably for the next Marvel movie.
So, I always like to live vicariously through the super rich people who have the disposable income and time to build their own homage to books. For me, the set up, look, and feel of the library is just as fascinating as the collection.
This month, I found a doozy.
Jay Walker is an inventor and digital entrepreneur and inventor who has brands like Priceline.com to his name. People from all over the tech world have called this the coolest library in the world.
The first part of that has to be the name. It can’t just be the Walker Library, nope, it’s called The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination. I might steal that.
Situated in his private home it’s over 3,600 square feet and holds over 20,000 volumes among other artifacts.
Some of it’s most famous ‘residents’ include:
- A 900 year old bible
- A “Bills of Mortality” chronicle from 1665 where you can track plague deaths
- A napkin with notes on World War II from President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- A first printing of the Magna Carta
- An early copy of the Declaration of Independence
Since Walker has taken pains to make this a library of human imagination rather than a collection it’s hard to catalog exactly what is in there. In fact, only Walker himself might know.
The building design was inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher. You might recognize some of his work:
There are floating floors, custom hieroglyphics, and even secret passages built in.
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
Well, wait until you see what it looks like.
First, take a look at this four minute video from Walker’s own site here:
Now, here are a few images from the library too:
You can see in the above image the influence of M.C. Escher. The staircases do look like they are floating in space in sort of a hap hazard way.
I think this one might be my favorite shot. The globe is the showcase piece in this area and around it, you’ll find a bunch of comfy couches and chairs. You’d probably find me there!
The above is often called the ‘planetarium’ section of the library. It’s easy to see why. I’m obsessed with those floor to ceiling windows. Also note the floor with the carved geometric designs.
You can really see the expanse of the room here. It feels like the room is about 70 feet high, amazing!
This shot really gives an old school library feel. Lots of books on display as well as a massive full wall of books.
This shot is basically like a piece of art in and of itself. I’d spend half my day admiring my design work if I was Walker.
I honestly think if I had to design my own library from scratch, I’d have something that pulled elements from Jay Walkers Library. I love so many things about the design.
Now, I’m really interested to see how many other private libraries can top this!
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.