You might never have thought a library would take up most of your day, or even days, during your stay at Holiday Inn Burbank. However, Huntington Library located in nearby San Marino is much more than your ordinary library. Every year, Huntington Library offers access to more than 1,700 scholars to view maps, prints, paintings, manuscripts, and the main attraction, rare books. The library awards nearly $2 million in fellowships to make advancements in humanities research. Numerous education programs teach children about art, botany, and literature. More than 750,000 visitors spend considerable time at the library to facilitate learning from the ever changing line up of exhibits and collections.
Considered one of the greatest independently operated research libraries in the field of British and American history, Huntington Library contains more than 430,000 rare books and seven million manuscripts. About 875,000 reference books allow visitors to perform research on virtually any topic. The library presents an unsurpassed collection of materials devoted to teaching the history of the American West. No other library along the west coast has the original manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. View one of the 12 remaining vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible known to be in existence anywhere in the world. First editions and original manuscripts written by renowned authors such as Jack London, William Blake, Alexander Pope, and Henry David Thoreau grace the shelves at Huntington Library.
The Huntington Library Art Collection concentrates on displaying works from European artists between the early part of the 15th century and the first half of the 20th century, as well as American art created between the late 17th century and the second half of the 20th century. Visitors have the opportunity to view one of the most revered collections of late 18th century and early 19th century British paintings, sculptures, and decorative artwork. The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection includes Italian and northern European paintings from the Renaissance Era. As a gift from the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation, American paintings and photographs captivate visitors.
Spanning nearly 120 acres of the 207-acre property, the botanical gardens comprise more than a dozen areas that present plants native to Southern California and unique flora from all over the world. The Garden of Flowing Fragrance reflects the traditional style of scholar gardens in Suzhou, China. A teahouse and a 1.5-acre lake accentuate the Chinese culture used to design the beautiful garden. Waterfalls and stone bridges produce a realistic ambience used by many East Asia garden masters. The traditional Japanese Garden includes a moon bridge and a walled Zen garden for personal reflection. The Desert Garden brings southwestern United States flora to the Huntington Library. Other gardens inside of the main center emphasize palm, jungle, and lily pond themes.
Located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino, California, Huntington Library opens at 10 AM and closes at 5 PM every day except Tuesday. The library welcomes the largest number of visitors during the school year on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The short drive from Holiday Inn Burbank to Huntington Library takes you East on Interstate 210 for a few miles, before you take the Allen Avenue exit south for about one mile.