The Second Class Library
Second class or
'Tourist' passengers didn't have a room called a
Lounge but its function was taken by a Library on
'C' Deck between the two second class stairways.
The ship builder
described it: "The
second-class library is another beautiful
apartment, the style in this case being Colonial
Adams... The panelling is in sycamore, hansomely
relieved with carvings, and the dado is in
The photo below shows the
starboard forward wall of the room during stripping
out in Jarrow in 1935.
Titanic survivor, Lawrence Beasley, described the
equivalent room on Olympic's ill-fated sister:
"I can look back and see every detail of the library that afternoon—the beautifully furnished room, with lounges, armchairs, and small writing-or card tables scattered about, writing-bureaus around the walls of the room, and the library in glass-encased shelves flanking one side—the whole finished in mahogany relieved with white fluted wooden columns that supported the deck above. Through the windows is a covered corridor, reserved by general consent as the children’s playground"
sycamore panels now reside in same place as the
chandeliers from the First Class Lounge: The
Cutler's Hall in Sheffield.
half-pillars lined the walls of the library...
While the round
ones held up the ceiling of the Library.