Almost every day I ride over to Cambridge Public Library and usually park in their convenient lower garage.
The place is huge with giant glass windows looking out onto a small field with a few trees providing canopy for relaxing guests on the lawn. People lay out blankets and have lunch or take a nap. The library has nice lounge chairs propped in front of the windows where I usually type away at graduate school papers or read a book.
There is the occasional homeless guy using it as a safe haven during the day, but they stay respectful and quite most of the time without harassing anyone. I don’t know what it is about libraries. They give me a feeling of purpose and wonder I guess because I’m surrounded by so many great books and art work. I always feel like I just did something worthy after I leave a library like this one in Cambridge.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s located near Harvard Square and Porter Square, which happens to be two of my favorite hangouts in the Boston area. I currently use the library to search for jobs, or even formulate a career path aligned with my current studies.
It sits next to Cambridge Latin School which is a highly respected High School in the area. I guess the only downfall is that it’s very close to Harvard and I find Harvard students to be some of the biggest spoiled brats on Earth. I don’t like the energy of the place. I feel like I need a bath when I walk through the campus and get elitist passwersby and pseudo-intellectuals who look down on non-Harvard people. Funny thing is, I haven’t met many Harvard graduates who impress me. Most of them are average at best thinkers, but they carry and unearned entitlement that makes you want to kick them in the balls and send them to military bootcamp for a few years.
Anyway, enjoy the Cambridge Library if you can. It’s a place where everyone is welcome and you can escape the Harvard stench around the corner.