The Library Book
The Library Book (Aperture, 2017)
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
If you love to get lost in a library, you’ll surely get lost in this book.
If you thought the Princeton Public Library was stunning, wait until you see the Aperature Foundation’s newest release: The Library Book. Through a series 360-degree panorama photographs by Thomas R. Schiff, readers tour 100 of the nation’s most architecturally significant libraries. The photographs explore the history of the library, while highlighting notable architects like Charles F. Mckim; Shipley, Rutan, and Coolidge; and I.M. Pei. Award-winning author, Alberto Manguel furthers the journey in his introductory essay that considers the story of the library in America, as well as its evolving architecture and cultural role in our country.
There is a related exhibition on display now until April 20, 2017 at the Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, New York. For more information on the exhibit or to pre-order The Library Book, visit aperture.org.
Thomas R. Schiff, Lincoln Public Library, Illinois, 2009; from The Library Book (Aperture, 2017) © Thomas R. Schiff
Thomas R. Schiff, State Library of Iowa Law Library, Des Moines, 2011; from The Library Book (Aperture, 2017) © Thomas R. Schiff