10 Quirky Libraries – Part II

This is part two of a series of posts on quirky libraries, check out Part I here.

Westbury-sub-Mendip Phone Booth Library

Many cities and towns have begun to turn old telephone booths into book exchanges and makeshift libraries including the tiny village of Westbury-sub-Mendip in the UK. More coverage here.

The Haunted Willard Library

Providing library services since 1885, Willard Library is the oldest public library in Indiana. This historic library, housed in a Victorian Gothic building is reportedly haunted by the ghost of The Grey Lady. The library has been investigated by several paranormal organizations and they have ghost cams set up throughout the library so that at-home ghost hunters can see if they can spot The Grey Lady. More coverage here.

Neil Gaiman’s Private Library

Ever wonder what the private library of Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, Neverwhere, and Stardust might look like? Well this is it. The basement of his home houses a massive library of floor to ceiling bookshelves and overstuffed chairs for reading. More coverage here.

Haskell Free Library and Opera House

This neoclassical building houses the Haskell Free Library as well as the Opera House and sits on the international border of the US and Canada. The international boundary is marked on the floor of the library’s reading room and its two addresses are 93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line, Vermont and 1 Church Street, Stanstead, Quebec. More coverage here.

Hobbit House Library

This is a privately-built hobbit house cottage that was designed as a repository for a client’s valuable collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts, books, and artifacts. Imagine reading Tolkien while sitting on the window seat of this cottage! More coverage here.