Everyday life in Lisbon, Part 2: The Library

Posted by sue on September 25th, 2007

DSCF0745.jpg About a 15 minute walk from our apartment (not up the stairs- in the other direction) is this cute library that is our new alternate study and work space. It’s on my way to work, so I stop there to study Portuguese sometimes and Len spends many an afternoon there with his laptop, usually closing the place down (at the party animal’s crazy hour of 6:00 p.m.).

DSCF0746.jpgHere’s a glimpse of Len in his usual spot (next to the air conditioner and an electrical outlet). This is the reference room, which has one Portuguese textbook that I’ve been using in my spotty attempts to learn the language, dictionaries, encyclopedias and all kinds of histories of this and that:

DSCF0747.jpgThis last room is of course what’s really cool about this library- the old-fashioned, two-level central reading room. Yet another part of Lisbon’s old-world charm.

33 Responses to “Everyday life in Lisbon, Part 2: The Library”

  1. Cathy Says:

    I’m not sure that’s Len – there’s no ibook visible.

    Are public libraries completely free there too? Do they issue cards to just anyone? Are they a magnet for the homeless like they are here?

  2. sue Says:

    They seem to be free, though we haven’t applied for cards. I just do a bit of Portuguese reading there, which is plenty for the day- I don’t feel compelled to bring any books home.

    And no, it isn’t a homeless hangout. Most days we’re there, there’s only maybe three or four other people there at a time.

  3. sue Says:

    And, for the record, Len has a MacBook Pro, not an iBook! Perish the thought!

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