What a cold and awful space, especially for reading! (Shudder).
LOL ... I know I'm in the minority on this one. I just can't help but imagine how I would have reacted as a kid if someone told me I could check out 20 books from the library and they would all fit in my backpack with room leftover for homework. I would have just peed my pants with excitement; I'm sure of it.
The smell of a library is sacred. Old books have the greatest smell in the world!!