Back when I was getting married, I briefly toyed with the idea of tying the knot in a library. Unfortunately, I didn't find a library in the Dallas, Texas area that I felt would support the kind of wedding I wanted. My literary wedding (pictured above) took place at the T&P Train Station in Fort Forth, Texas. Ideally, the library for my wedding would have had classic charm and would have been able to support over 200 people. This doesn't really exist in North Texas (that I could find). The Dallas Public Library is enormous at ten floors, but the building isn't really set up for that kind of event.
Dallas Public Library, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
In fact, most libraries aren't designed for hosting events like weddings because, why should they be? It could be good income for the city or library for one. Also, being able to host large events in general is good for the community. As libraries expand their purpose to a community gathering space, I think future libraries might consider making spaces more flexible to accommodate large events. Here are some libraries that make stunning destinations to host a wedding.
The George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library is a part of the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The rental fee for the space currently ranges from $4,000 to $7,500 plus a $1,000 ceremony fee depending on the day. The space can accommodate up to 200 seated guests.
The Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library has many different spaces for rental. You can read the details here. The best space in my opinion is Bates Hall (pictured above), which seats 220 and has a rental fee $11,000.
The New York Public LibraryThe New York Public Library offer's wedding space rentals in their Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details of the space and pricing are not available online, but can be obtained by contacting them via email.
The Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library offers their Norcliffe Foundation Living Room for $3,000 on evenings when the library is closed. The space can hold up to 400 guests.
Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square
The Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square in Washington D.C. was originally opened in 1903 and was reopened in 2012 as an event space. This venue has nine different spaces. To find out more details about cost and size of the venue visit their website and fill out a booking form.
...just to name a few. These libraries make beautiful destinations for weddings. Do you know of any others?