A Photo for Friday

"Study Hall"

Study Hall
“Study Hall”

October 2, 2023

Boston, MA (Boston Public Library)

FILED UNDER: Photo for Friday, Photography
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. MarkedMan says:

    Very good picture Stephen, but I have to admit to a moment of panic when I woke up and saw the Friday picture, as I had to assume I had slept more than twenty-four hours into Saturday, which of course is when the Friday picture comes out….


  2. @MarkedMan: Ha!

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    It feels quiet. I like.

  4. Michael Cain says:

    Pictures like this with high vaulted ceilings always reminds me of the last years of my time working at Bell Labs Holmdel. The structure of the building was an outer skin five stories high with four interior buildings separated by open space five stories high. At some point the Labs needed to jam more people into the building so they put cubicles in what had been the “courtyards” between the buildings. Then fought, mostly unsuccessfuly, the battle of keeping those cubicles warm enough people could actually work in them.

    I look at this picture and think about sitting at those tables on a November night and shiver.

  5. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Quiet, contemplative, chapel of the temple of knowledge. Triggered a memory of the old Carnegie donated public library near my grandparents home. Seriously, thanks for sharing this one.

  6. al Ameda says:

    very cool, thanks

  7. Michael Reynolds says:

    I love a good library. Back in my DC law firm library grunt days I was the guy sent on errands to various law libraries: George Washington, Georgetown, American, other law firms, and occasionally the Library of Congress. Walking through the LC rotunda is as close as I get to religious awe. There was a time when I thought my perfect life would be to have a desk in the reading room and unlimited time to just read. Figure the world out. But then, you know, money, women, sociopathy. . . sigh.

    Nice pic. Gives me feels.

  8. JohnSF says:

    Really love those green shaded lamps!
    I wish our library had such an elegant reading space.
    I always loved Liverpool Central Library.
    At least 19th Century architects seem to have been wiling to put the effort in, and the local authorities to spend the money.
    “Cheepniss” regarding public spaces is one of the great problems of the modern UK, IMUHO.