I am very keen about public libraries and I make an effort to check out libraries when visiting a new place. There are many fine libraries in the USA but this library in Camden, Maine is unsurpassed in my experience.
In addition to the entrance at the main street level, there is this Hobbit-hole entrance nearer sea level and just across from a lovely park with a sea view.
Any public library worth its salt has an excellent children’s library.
There are many places to meet or study. I love how librarians are less likely to “shush” patrons than when I was a child. Look how cheerful this library is. It invites you to read and explore.
Seating is also important. Staffing and hours are also critical. Clearly the citizens of Camden value their library.
Bonus: Tevis’ dog Dozer is as handsome as this library.