8 Great Libraries for Your Zoom Background

Whether you’re a librarian doing storytimes from your couch or a library fan missing in-person visits, here are eight photos of light, bright, and beautiful libraries to ensure that next time you go on camera, the library’s behind you all the way.

With so many staying home right now to flatten the curve of COVID-19, tiny glimpses of others’ lives on web conferencing software can be part of the fun, especially when cute pets and kids—or bookshelves—are involved. But not everyone feels comfortable sharing their private space, especially with larger gatherings that include strangers. And some just like to change things up. For them, services like Zoom that allow photos to be inserted as virtual backgrounds allow the fun option to speak from space, under the ocean—or from the library.

Whether you’re a librarian doing storytimes from your couch or a library fan missing in-person visits, here are eight photos of light, bright, and beautiful libraries to ensure that next time you go on camera, the library’s behind you all the way.

(Don’t worry, library copyright experts—they’re all licensed for reuse!)

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The Sky’s the limit at the George Peabody Library at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where six majestic floors are topped with a skylight. After your meeting you can even take a virtual tour on Google Maps

Photo by Patrick Gillespie, CC-BY
 

But why stay so close to home when miles aren’t an issue? The southern reading room of the National Library of Finland, Helsinki, is a bright beautiful destination

Photo by Marit Henriksson, CC BY-SA
 

Books and architecture aren’t the only attraction at the Strahov Library in a Prague monastery – the art on the ceiling is the main event. And if you’re planning an armchair vacation to the Czech Republic, don’t forget the Klementium, modestly billed as the most beautiful library in the world!

Photo by Lenka Libertová, Pixabay license
 

If you’re worried that the books might escape, the Long Library at England’s Blenheim Palace is for you. There’s good reason for the protection, though: The building was used as a dormitory for Malvern College boys in the Second World War, and tour guides inform visitors that they used to play cricket in this room. Not pictured: the giant pipe organ.

Photo by Charlene Newcomb, CC BY-SA
 

Missing the outside?

The National Library of Poland has it all—blue sky, freshly manicured grass, colorful, mythic, modern sculpture, and historic architecture

Photo by Dennis Jarvis, CC BY-SA
 

Out-of-towners are often surprised to discover that this iconic view of Missouri’s Kansas City Public Library is actually the parking structure, not the main building. But it’s still a perfect view to park yourself in front of.

Photo by Dean Hochman, CC-BY
 

The Secret Garden at the UK’s recently built Library of Birmingham is on the roof, offering a view of the city as well as a green getaway.

Photo by Teresa Grau Ros, CC BY-SA
 

Want to keep the scale a little more accessible or just encourage viewers to #StayHome? Sometimes the best library is the Little Free Library in your own front yard, or a neighbor’s.

Photo by Linnaea Mallette, publicdomainpictures.net

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Harriet Hill

Thank you for bringing this topic up and for the great Zoom background ideas. I really don't want to share my private space.

Posted : Apr 14, 2020 02:32


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