Paid a visit to San Diego Central Library this morning, first visit since its re-birth in the east village area. It's a beautiful building inside and out. Lots of windows providing natural light and an abundance of photographic opportunities. While there I was able to see the Shakespeare First Folio encased in climate controlled plexiglass(?) and watched over by a uniformed guard on the 9th floor. Opened to Hamlet's soliloquy I stifled the impulse to read it aloud as an Olivier knock-off. I was a bit surprised it was in book form (thick, thick book form) thinking that a folio is a collection of unbound sheets. Either way it was a nice piece of history and art.
Inner Geometry from the escalator casing
First three of the nine floors
Has a bit of a mall look to it here
The Reading Room with high ceiling and windows three stories high
Street level reading nooks
Quiet places to study
Close-up of the cage-like structure that forms the dome atop the building