I had interesting ideas about what to do and post for this Thursday's Theme, but I ran out of time and steam.
But this is a photo of the old British Library reading room, which used to be at the British Museum. I spent some time studying there during a year's temping in London, when I was preparing to become a postgraduate student. How I wish now that I could go back and take photos of the stereotypically eccentric and often creaky old gents who used to study there. I always felt self-conscious not only for being so young, but also for being female. Significantly in the minority on both counts.
I remember wearing dungarees and probably looked about 15.
Sometimes there would be a long wait while the little old men (as I remember them...) brought the books you'd requested up from the stacks, and delivered them on trolleys to your desk.
I expect its changed quite a bit now, and not only because of its new location near Kings Cross.
And here are some library pictures from New York:
First photo found here (where there are some other fab. library pictures) and on other websites, but I couldn't find an attribution for this one. There are some similar (possibly better) here.
Other photos - NYC public library, taken by me, July/August 2008.