Why I Love Libraries

Why I Love Libraries

Posted on October 20 by Daniel Rotsztain in Non-fiction
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Ever since visiting and illustrating Toronto’s 100 libraries, my love of public libraries has grown even more. 

As a traveller, a public library is the best place to go!

Now, when I’m travelling outside Toronto to cities near and far, I take time to visit their local libraries. 

As a traveller, a public library is the best place to go! On top of a comfortable place to rest your feet — with free wifi, magazines, and books — you can also read community bulletin boards for events happening nearby, and talk to patrons and librarians about the their home community — they know lots and are eager to share!

I also recommend checking out public libraries&; Local History collections; they serve as community memory and may reveal sites to visit that aren&;t included in your average guidebooks. 


It’s also fascinating to gauge the history of a place based on the size, architecture and network the library is within. 

Masset Library

In British Columbia, the Vancouver Island Regional Public Library system includes branches in isolated northern communities on the mainland, and libraries as far north as Haida Gwaii! The Masset branch is in a log cabin, one of the most unique libraries I’ve visited. 





Vancouver Library
Vancouver&;s main branch is a gigantic coliseum and I spent a whole afternoon wandering its stacks, reading about the history of Vancouver, and sipping coffee on the green roof overlooking spectacular views of the city.








Midland Library



In Midland, Ontario, the old Carnegie library has been converted into a restaurant, while the new one is located in the Federal Government Building, itself a heritage architectural masterpiece, with a huge clock tower that serves as a landmark on King Street’s long descent into Georgian Bay. 

Daniel Rotsztain

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Daniel Rotsztain

Daniel Rotsztain is the Urban Geographer, an artist, writer and cartographer whose work explores our relationship to the places we inhabit. The author and illustrator of All the Libraries Toronto, Daniel’s work has also appeared in Spacing Magazine and the Globe and Mail. He lives in Toronto.