To Lib or Die

School is awesome.

But what I find awesomest, really? The libraries. The newly-airconditioned College of Arts and Letters has single desks for privacy and a pretty wide collection of literary and academic works in the humanities. My college's Audio-Video library is just spectacular. Its collection of rare but great local and international films is a treasure to behold.

I also discovered Educ lib last time. Gosh, they got age-old titles in there. Happy centennial. Then there's this part of the Main lib upstairs subscribed to international magazines and academic journals on every sort of topic under the sun. Not that I would like to read all of them, but I remember it was there that I first saw and read The New Yorker in paper form. I'm pathetic, I know.

U.P. also has a huge archive of periodicals in microfilm and database format. Although many titles can use some work and updating like some medieval philosophy books, most college libraries have pretty decent collections. Like our CMC lib is the largest communication library in Southeast Asia, I think. Have you seen our references and coffee table books? Hah! Worth stealing. Kidding.

Not to mention there's also a small, pseudo-private library of matchless warmth in Katipunan which I really like. Sorry na lang sa mga hindi nakakalaam.

For the international feel, here are some of the world's most beautiful libraries.

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag in Hague, Netherlands.
I copied-pasted that name, you bet.

Library of the Benedictine Monastery in Admont, Austria

Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. "Possibly the most beautiful library of them all." #

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