#ThursdayDoors — Standard Glass

You don’t get great doors today. Today, you get standard glass. I went to the library and you’re going too. You don’t have to pay my embarrassingly large fine, though, so that’s nice, right?

This is my library.


I can use all the libraries in Marion County, but this is our local library, and the one I have used since I was 12. Now and again we go to the big central library downtown, and rarely to the one farther east, but this is the one I like best.
Rumor has it that they’re building a new branch on the fort, so that one will be closer, but this is my library, and I will probably still use this one.

I enjoy the winding, hilly drive through the trees. We all do.

This is the library that provided the bulk of my reading and the one in which I know where everything is.

I’ll tell you though, I mostly love this library because of the way it smells. Yes, yes, it has that moldy old book smell, but mixed with other smells I can’t quite define. Somethin plastic, somethin inky, and some of that cumin/sharpened pencil/body odor smell. I love the smell of my library, and the smell is strongest in the air-lock between the doors.


After living in Hell Georgia for so many years, I was pleased when I returned to the library and it smelled exactly the same. I actually got a lil teary about it. I’d like to tell you it was just relief that I lived to smell my library again, or that I was feeling sentimental about taking my kids back there, but no, it was the smell. I am moved emotionally every time I go. I know, get a grip, Joey, Jeez.


Anyway, since the doors are a bust, look how adorable the children’s area is. Notice the beautiful archway and the random, but cheerful window placement. Heh.


Do you not want to climb in and dial a story? I totally do.

So, not my most beautiful doors post, but one dear to my heart.

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To view other interesting doors, click the link and see what others are posting today.

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58 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Standard Glass

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the delightful little tour. We had a nice, musty smelling little library but they tore it down and built a clean-smelling brick and glass deal 😦

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    There’s something so inviting about all of these doors. The fact that they may not be the snazziest doors ever is irrelevant, when they lead to such good things.

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  3. April says:

    I like your library and the way you described it. The library we went to when I was a child, spanned a river. There was nothing more cool than to walk on a bridge and look at the water before entering the doors to the library.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    I don’t care if the doors are fancy or not, a library is a sacred place. Thanks for sharing yours. I loved the Pooh Corner and yes, I could almost smell the place just from your description.
    Now about that fine… 😉

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  5. Those booky smells…I remember. ☺

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  6. I love the children’s section and such a beautiful peaceful view from that picture window. I totally get what you say about the familiar smell. I’m like a dog at the vets when it comes to associating smells and places. Some have the ability to scare the pants off me, (the dentist, for instance) but the library I went to as a child wasn’t one of them. It was an old building with wooden floors and and the mix of books/old wood/beeswax polish/ scent is one I can still remember. When I wasn’t inhaling the atmosphere I actually read a few books. 😉 I loved that old library.

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  7. Lovely library. I do want to climb in a snuggle a good book.

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  8. Vicky says:

    I had forgotten a library smell, in these days of moving and living light, the Ipad is my library but your post brought it back… Thank you for sharing, it brought back memories of the feel and smell of slightly musty books.

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  9. Luanne says:

    That was a fun tour! Thank you!

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  10. Benson says:

    Sometimes you just gotta’ chuck the visual and head straight for the heart. I can relate to the smell of old books. My Grand Father had a library/parlor in his farm house with walls of old books. I always loved the way the room smelled.

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  11. Yeah, I’m glad for your library and the smell and Pooh corner and all. I think it’s more important to bring across how something makes us feel and not just amazingly sharp and horizontal and prominent door images.

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  12. I love the smell of a good library! That call -a-story beehive is so cute.

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  13. LindaGHill says:

    What a lovely library! I know exactly what you mean about the smell. I have a nose for my old high school. I noticed it the first time I walked in and could still identify it when I went back last time for a 30 year reunion. 😀
    P.S. I have a library fine as well, so don’t feel bad. Mine’s outstanding – in more ways than one.

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  14. Josh Wrenn says:

    I wonder if there is someone who designs libraries for many different places. Yous looks nearly identical to the Sparks branch in Sparks, NV where I used to live. Like almost exactly.

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  15. marianallen says:

    YES! That is JUST how a library ought to smell! I absolutely get what you mean about getting teary about something smelling the right/same way. And I really love the children’s section — Pooh Corner! I never saw one of those beehive dial-a-story things before. They’d have to drag me out in handcuffs!

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  16. Utilitarian doors just have to be functional and secure and the glass is the design to let you peer inside to see more interesting things. Glad you have a library with enticing aromas; but sometimes that doesn’t always work. I retired from a major City on the West Coast and worked in an nice old wooden USO, 1-story building at one time which was later replaced with a huge modern Main Library. Only problem with that new modern building is the street denizens hung around there and used it as a day shelter and there were newspaper stories of the horrors these patrons did there and being a public facility there were limitations on enforcement (I saw and unfortunately, smelled some these patrons at times that I had to go to that library and those memories are thankfully forgotten). But lets all hope the aromas you experienced are what everyone else experiences. 🙂

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  17. jan says:

    Oh I love Pooh corner – how fun!~

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  18. ghostmmnc says:

    Your library is really nice looking. The children’s area is so inviting, too! Ahh, that special smell of libraries… I love it! 🙂

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  19. jesh stg says:

    The library is one of my favorite places! I used to be there so much when living in LA, that one time my son (then 5-ish) could found his way back home by walking for an hour or so.
    When you don’t live in a larger city or a touristy area, it can be a puzzle to find some nice historical doors, other than the daily functional ones!

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    • joey says:

      I live in a big city but it’s not always good weather matching my schedule, so sometimes, it’s just whatever doors I see 🙂
      I appreciate that you’re a library lover — thanks for coming by!


  20. Any door that leads into a library is a door I love. Period. Even though most of them are just boring glass.



  21. reocochran says:

    Sweet but not so standard and definitely not ordinary doors post! I adore your children’s area, especially think “Pooh Corner” is a perfect name, Joey. I like the way you travel through trees to get there. I am glad I am not the only sentimental person who gets misty eyed over tradition. My grandies go to the same school their parents went to, while they also have some new upgrades inside the library and the front awning now looks like a cool raised roof, it has the paste, book glue, moldy books smell at our local library. Yes, they have little boxes of sharpened pencils so I smell this, too. 🙂


  22. Anxious Mom says:

    You’ve inspired me to go smell my library. Maybe we’ll get a book or two while we’re there.

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  23. dalecooper57 says:

    That’s ok, I went to our library yesterday and paid my own massive overdue fine.

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  24. Becky B says:

    But what an amazing treasure trove behind the doors – much prefer a plain door with books behind than a pretty door with nothing behind!

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  25. Library doors are magic doors because you can pick out a book and travel to wherever you want. 🙂

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  26. joannesisco says:

    The library in my hometown was located in a basement when I was kid. I LOVED going there. The journey down the stairs felt like I was entering a special space hidden away that few people knew about. Did I mention I LOVED going there? It probably had a smell too … but it’s long been forgotten.
    The library was moved to a bright, airy place some time ago. It just isn’t the same.

    … and the city library close to where I live now? Ugh.

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