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