The Public Library by Robert Dawson is photographic tribute to libraries all over the United States. Like any other fan group, literature enthusiasts are tied to together by a sense of community. Dawson's project takes an in-depth look at the range of architectural structures that foster this community.
If you have an idea in your mind of what the "quintessential library" looks like, you can forget it. Dawson proves that the library has many manifestations, from run-down, small-town hole-in-the-walls to cultural landmarks in major metropolises.
Far more than simply a building (or room) full of books, Dawson describes libraries as a place that can "mean different things to different people. For me, the library offers our best example of the public commons. For many, the library upholds the nineteenth-century belief that the future of democracy is contingent upon an educated citizenry."