A Haven for Bibliophiles in the Mountains of Colorado

Wonderful New York Times piece about a visionary library-plus project by book-lovers Jeff Lee and Ann Martin:

The project is striking in its ambition: a sprawling research institution situated on a ranch at 10,000 feet above sea level, outfitted with 32,000 volumes, many of them about the Rocky Mountain region, plus artists’ studios, dormitories and a dining hall — a place for academics, birders, hikers and others to study and savor the West.

It is the sort of endeavor undertaken by a deep-pocketed politician or chief executive, perhaps a Bloomberg or a Buffett. But the project, called the Rocky Mountain Land Library, has instead two booksellers as its founders.

Read more here, then treat yourself to this photographic love letter to public libraries.

(Photograph: Michael Ciaglo for The New York Times)