Thursday Doors – September 3, 2015

Library of Parliament

A while back we took a short trip to Ottawa our nation’s capitol to visit the Parliament buildings.

You can see some of the other doors I captured on that trip in this previous post.

While there we to took a guided tour inside the Centre Block which contains the House of Commons:


The Peace Tower:


The Senate:


As well as dozens of ministerial offices and my favourite space the Library of Parliament.

Unfortunately the lighting is very dark in the hallway leading to the library and I didn’t have my tripod with me to take a longer exposure shot.

To make matters worse, as our nice but somewhat intense tour guide lady kept telling us, “NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!” was allowed 😦

So unfortunately this was as good a picture of its beautiful entrance door as I could get:


Needless to say that if I do go back, I’ll be sure to pack my tripod.

On the other side of that door is the kind of space I could get lost in for hours:


Rich warm wood tones, large workstations with comfortable seating, quiet nooks and alcoves, and a collection that exceeds 600,000 volumes… sigh 🙂


Here’s an exterior view of the Library roof with the Ottawa river in the background, as seen from the top of the Peace Tower:


Gee I guess it’s a good thing I stuck that one door picture in the middle of this #ThursdayDoors post 😀

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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55 Responses to Thursday Doors – September 3, 2015

  1. jesh stg says:

    I love this building and especially the peace tower! Do you host this “Thursday Doors” challenge?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks and welcome.
      Yes I do host Thursday Doors.
      Feel free to join us here any week when you have a nice door post you’d like to share.
      I keep the link-up tool open for contributions from Thursday morning until noon (North-American Eastern time) on Saturday. Hope to see you there 🙂


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  3. narami says:

    Linking up here and back in my blog. I’m so disappointed that I missed the deadline! I even took blurred photos for this! I’m smiling while I write that. Smiling with disappointment 🙂


  4. What a fabulous library Norm! I could also imagine being happily lost in there for weeks! I’m not sure if my post has linked properly this week, I got a strange message saying my blog had linked to my blog! Would you mind very much checking it for me? here’s the link just in case Many thanks Norm and have a good weekend!

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  5. Impressive, Norm! Thank you so much for the tour and great images.

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  6. Veronica says:

    Hi Norm! Chiming in on this challenge a bit late. Loved the photos! The interior of the library is my favorite! 🙂 I had some trouble linking my blog post due to reaching the maximum amount of characters in the box. I hope it’s okay to post my link here.

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  7. Sabina says:

    What a beautiful building!! I love immaculate architecture.

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  9. Oh that library, what a place to visit, and the view over the river is stunning. Great photos Norm.

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  10. dimlamp says:

    I like your shots of the Parliament buildings. I would have liked to have spent some time in the library, but we were not allowed in when we toured Parliament Hill. Here’s my entry:

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  11. Beautiful photos Norm and a stunning building.

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  12. jan says:

    Beautiful! Love the library.

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  13. Paula says:

    My great love of books leads me to believe that ALL libraries should look like a cathedral! Love the door. Here’s mine:
    Happy Thursday!

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  14. Dan Hen says:

    Great shot of the impressive door .

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  15. Pleasant Street says:

    That library is heavenly

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  18. julieallyn says:

    Whoa. That library!!!

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  19. joey says:

    Wow that’s majestic! Wow! I’m totally laughing at how you don’t think these pictures aren’t good enough. SOME of us are just happy when our photos aren’t blurry! lol These pictures are amazing!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      It’s one of those thing about photography: We know what our eyes saw because we were there, but then sometimes it seems the picture doesn’t quite do it justice.
      But I’ll happily enjoy the compliment – so thanks!


  20. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Amazing architecture! It reminds me some of the inside of our Supreme Court Building in DC.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. I’d love to go back to DC and see some more. I’ve always said that you folks sure do a great job with national monuments and public buildings.


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  22. Sammy D. says:

    Oh, I forgot, here’s my door post today!

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  23. Sammy D. says:

    These are breathtaking, Norm! Such detail and depth in your photos, i loved every one of them. Niw I’ve moved Canada WAY UP on our list of ‘must visits’.

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  25. joannesisco says:

    Although I’ve been to Ottawa and seen the Parliament Buildings, I’ve never actually been inside. That’s kind of a sad thing for me to admit to.
    Great photos … although you might not be happy with your photo of the library door, I thought it was a great picture showing the magnificent arches in the hallway.
    Although the House of Commons and Senate are quite familiar to most Canadians, I’ve never seen a photo of the library before. Wow! That second last photo hints at how huge it must be!!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. Yes the Library has always been my favourite space in those buildings. If you go back the tours are free and run 7 days a week. They stagger groups of about 25 at a time every 15 minutes alternating between English and French. You have to line up for tickets for that day in advance but it’s worth it.
      They told us that at the end 2017 they’re shutting down the tours for 10 years for planned renovations.


  26. Beautiful door, and I hope that Peace Tower shines down on all of us. 🙂

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  27. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! It’s really hard to come up with a better word in response to these photos Norm. Those spaces are beautiful. I think I could spend a long time in that library. Great job!

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  28. Colline says:

    Definitely a beautiful space behind those doors.

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  29. reocochran says:

    I think the shadow and golden, natural lighting really set this photo up to be gorgeous, Norm. The cement details (or masonry) around the arch creates a cathedral look. I may have the “wrong” term for those built up pieces. This was an overall favorite with the Peace Tower inxluded. Have a great Thursday, Norm. 🙂

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