Libraries Round the World: Highclere Castle’s Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle, about two hours west of London, has one of the best private libraries I’ve ever seen. And you’ve seen it too, if you watched the popular TV series Downton Abbey. Highclere’s library contains over 5,000 books dating from the 16th century. The current castle, completed in 1878, is still owned by the family, … More Libraries Round the World: Highclere Castle’s Downton Abbey

Libraries Round the World: Finding Your Pocahontas

The main branch of the New York City Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan has a genealogy department, The Milstein Division. If you’ve ever been curious about your ancestors, drop by for a visit. The Milstein Division has computers available with subscriptions to genealogy websites. Many official paper records such as … More Libraries Round the World: Finding Your Pocahontas

Libraries Round the World: A Liquefying Brandy Library

Hidden away in TriBeCa at 25 North Moore and Varick, you’ll find a unique library. But whatever ‘book’ you check out has to be finished inside the bar. As you can tell, this isn’t your usual library, but I couldn’t resist a visit, and the husband was eager to browse and check something out. The … More Libraries Round the World: A Liquefying Brandy Library

Libraries Round the World: San Antonio, Texas 

San Antonio brings to mind BBQ, the Alamo, Tex-Mex, and Spurs basketball. But a short walk from the river downtown lies a remarkable blend of books and art housed inside a state-of-the-art ‘enchilada red’ library. Mexican Modernist Central Library Built in 1995 Over nine-hundred hand-blown pieces of glass hang from a metal frame inside the … More Libraries Round the World: San Antonio, Texas