Christian and I did some reconnaissance work at the Seattle Public Library last week, researching design styles from the past century. On Monday, I met the newspaper photographer down there and we sort of sneaked into the stacks to get some shots.
Not sure if that was totally kosher - but the librarians didn't seem too bothered. But I think it's a bit bizarre to stumble upon a photographer, with old magazines sprawled all over the place, snapping away amongst the stacks.
One thing that Christian and I decided about the building, designed by Rem Koolhaas - it's very cold and unwelcoming for those who are staying for long periods of time. The lighting is very harsh, the hard floor surfaces are not conducive to standing or sitting. So, while it looks totally hip, it's functionality is not exactly intuitive or easy. But it looks cool.