I've posted a little about membership libraries before. I love public libraries, but it seems true that people take better care of things when they have to pay for them. That's why subscription libraries can be what public libraries so often can't; they can be clean, comfortable, and well-stocked. These private club-like spaces range from the sunny & cozy to the outright grandiose, and they can be found everywhere from big cities to green scenic places. Modern life could use a little more old-fashioned civilization, and the fact that a modest yearly fee can mean a person has a wing chair, tall windows, & piles of beautiful books at their disposal is a good start.

Excellent lists of libraries here, and here.

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