According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a third of the population visit a library. But they may not go to read books. So I suggest we need to seek out the "Great Library Cafés of the World". My nomination is the Bookplate Café of the National Library of Australia. This has good food and on a sunny day the tables are flooed with coloured light from the stained glass windows , designed by Leonard French. Outdoors, there is a panoramic view of Lake Burley Griffin on the terrace. In addition it is easy to get in, unlike some other high status libraries, with no need to go through security, or show a reader's card, to get to the Café (or the reading room).
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