As the Executive Library Director of the Niagara Falls Public Library in New York, we welcome visitors from around the block as well as around the world. Often visitors come to see the building and their unique brutalist architecture ( designed by Paul Rudolph in 1974) though often they come to access our world class local history collection. Our local history librarian received requests on a variety of topics, often genealogy, though many on the Niagara Falls daredevils ( people who went over the falls), history of the Underground Railroad, consultation of the hotel registries (many of which contain famous signatures of American history and entertainment figures), Love Canal trials, Power Plants and the Manhattan Project. Our library is a Tourist Attraction in every right.
One of the books in our collection is The Library Book by Richard Schiff. Many architecturally stunning libraries can be found among the pages of this volume, including the Niagara Falls Public Library. In this volume, the intro essay discusses the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects the archetypal idea of the universal library.
Where ever your summer travels take you, enjoy you library.