A Library in Antarctica

I like winter but on very cold days like today (it’s -15C/5F this morning) I warm myself up by thinking of people who are often colder than I am.

So today my mind turns to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station libraries in Antarctica.

Entrance to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (photo via wikipedia)

Entrance to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (photo via wikipedia)

 

In their winter months, the scientists and other inhabitants of the station find themselves pretty much forced to stay indoors.

The little libraries, or reading rooms, offer a peaceful place to recharge and mentally escape through the pages of the books on offer.

 

photo via icecube.wisc.edu

photo via icecube.wisc.edu

Besides the obvious books on the history of Antarctica, the libraries offer recent bestsellers, magazines, some audio books as well as music.

I imagine I would spend a lot of time there.

Andre Grissell (left) a construction worker, and Mike Rodgers, a hazardous equipment inspector. Photo by Emily Stone, National Science Foundation

Andre Grissell (left) a construction worker, and Mike Rodgers, a hazardous equipment inspector. Photo by Emily Stone, National Science Foundation

 

 

 

79 thoughts on “A Library in Antarctica

    • It’s strange to think that NYC is colder today than it was in the Arctic Circle a few days ago. I will try to stay in a warm library today.

      Hope you have a good weekend too!

  1. I did not know they had such a lovely room at the Admunsen-Scott center – Almost feel like going! Specially today when we are having such low temperatures!!!

  2. Oh I would pay money to go to the South Pole Station just to sit in that library and read! Sounds like pure heaven, I had no idea such a library existed! Letizia, you find the most interesting places and things to write about, just wonderful 🙂

  3. I love how books warm up a room and make it feel so cozy. That’s nice that they must leave the books for others to enjoy later so the library is continually updated. Antarctica doesn’t seem so bad right about now. I hope you’ll will stay warm with some great books this weekend!

  4. I wouldn’t leave ever, imagine just holing up to read for days on end without all the other annoying stuff life entails. I’d make sure I got my sciencey stuff out of the way really quickly so I could go relax with a book, I’d probably bring a ton of my own as well or at least send a request list before I arrived. I wonder if they like watching The Thing as well, that’s guaranteed to make things interesting.

  5. This is the perfect library. Not only does it look extremely cosy, but it also offers the sense of isolation every reader craves when they’re really engrossed in a book.

  6. Just one more reason I’d like to go to Antarctica! A Reading room! I’m a very active Bookcrosser and every once in a while I see that someone has released a book in Antarctica. I wonder if this is where they end up? Interesting…

    • Yes, being outside in Antartica in the winter sounds like quite an experience. But I think they all wait until the Spring, emerging as if from hibernation. What a sensation that must be, to rejoin the rest of the world.

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