The George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA. George Peabody was the founder of the charity which continues to finance housing for low-income families in London; he also endowed the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, of which this seven-storey library comprises just part.
"I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me."--Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber. (Photo: The Library of Abbey of St Gall in St Gallen, Switzerland. Built in 1763. Photography by: Will Pryce)