WoW’s Dalaran Cupola Library vs. Real Round Libraries

I was browsing my WoW screencaps for something entirely different when my eye fell on two shots from the Dalaran inscription trainer’s place. (This is in the Legion version of Dalaran.) Both are actually from inside the book-filled cupola: the first looks up towards the impossibly high ceiling, the second down towards the trainers’ room floor.

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Neat, right? Well, I wondered whether anyone’s actually done anything similar for real and hit the Internet. And I found some!

Stockholm Public Library in Stockholm, Sweden

The functionalist stadsbibliotek was designed by Gunnar Asplund and opened in 1928.

Flickr Marcus Hansson Stockholm Public Library


Round Reading Room in the Maughan Library, King’s College London in London, UK

The Round Reading Room of Maughan Library, the main university library of King’s College London, can be found on the Strand Campus.

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Picton Reading Room in Liverpool, UK

The Picton Reading Room, completed in 1879, is now part of the Liverpool Central Library.

Flickr Terry Kearney Liverpool Central Library Picton Reading Room


A home in Toronto, Ontario

Designed by Katherine Newman and Peter Cebulak, this two-level library is in a private residence in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Architectural Digest Toronto Ontario Home


The Octagon Room, Islamic Studies Library at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The library is situated in the neo-Gothic Morrice Hall building that previously housed the Presbyterian College of Montreal from 1871 to 1961.

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None of them are exactly the same as the game library cupola, of course: apart from the the scale of the rooms, the scale and direction of the bookcases might differ. But apparently it isn’t terribly far-fetched to make a round multi-storey library and pack it chock-full. 😀

Images: Stockholm Public Library by Marcus Hansson on Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Round Reading Room of Maughan Library by Colin via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0). Picton Reading Room by Terry Kearney on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Toronto home by Tony Soluri via Architectural Digest. Islamic Studies Library at McGill by Klaus Fiedler, McGill Library.

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7 thoughts on “WoW’s Dalaran Cupola Library vs. Real Round Libraries

  1. Lord of Icecrown September 12, 2018 / 20:47

    If I won the lottery, I’d build a mansion with a room just like this, for all the books Princess and I love 😍

    Looking at these beautiful libraries reminded me of something you might have seen and/or heard, but if not, I’m glad to introduce you to a lovely thing in our country: Livraria Lello. (Their site doesn’t have a lot of pics, but you can find them around the web by googling those two words 🙂 Curiosity #2, “Livraria” means Bookstore in portuguese)

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    • Eppu September 14, 2018 / 10:17

      Oh, yeah… or even multiple rooms. 😀

      And thank you for sharing the Lello bookstore – that is just astonishing!

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    • Erik September 15, 2018 / 10:42

      What an amazing place! Thank you for mentioning it, I feel privileged just to have seen the pictures!

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  2. Alunaria September 13, 2018 / 06:26

    What a cool comparison!


    • Eppu September 14, 2018 / 10:10

      Thanks. 🙂

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