The photo taken above shows a closer look at the lights of the outside entrance. Aren't they unusual looking? Bottom photo is of the main inside entrance viewed from the front stairs looking down.
This regal lion seems as though he is guarding the marble stairs to the reading rooms above or perhaps he is keeping watch over the 1.7 million rare books and manuscripts housed here.
Gazing down the middle aisle of the reading room gave me the shivers. So beautiful, I wish my amateur photography had captured the reading rooms true beauty. Look at all the green lamps glowing.
Here is a closer view of the photo on my sidebar of the
statue in the courtyard. She has such a look of pure joy on her face.
What a treat it would be to spend a leisurely afternoon in the warm fall sun sitting in the courtyard with a cup of steamy coffee and a good book. Simple pleasures.