There is no better quote to describe the importance of libraries for a book- lover than this one: ‘I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library’ – Jorge Luis Borges. If you love books, libraries are your lover’s spot. Here you can sit among all the things you ever wished, books and more books to read, with stories in the dust waiting for you to read. To celebrate this love of every bookworm, here’s a list of 10 magnificent libraries in the world that you must visit before you die:
1. The Admont Library in Admont, Austria
It is actually a benediction monastery with the perks of a library in it. It’s famous for its Baroque architecture, art and several rare manuscripts. It’s said to be the” largest monastery library in the world.” The ceiling has cupolas, ornamented by frescoes showing the stages of human knowledge up to the point of human revelation. With light pouring down from 48 windows, it is one of the best places to read.
2. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto.
It is located inside the University of Toronto is the largest home to publicly accessible rare books and manuscripts. The library is also a home to university archives which led to its collections of papers of giants like Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood.
3. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
It’s a 19th-century research library of John Hopkins University. Located at Peabody campus, the books in here are publicly accessible. Keeping it with George Peabody’s motto behind creating such an enormous library, “for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it,” The library is visibly stunning and has been called the “cathedral of books”. Sunlight showers from 61 feet latticed skylight frosted with heavy glass.
4. The New York Public Library, New York
It’s a public library with 53 million items. Its the second largest public library in the United States. Also, its the fourth largest in the world. The historian David McCullough called it the most important library in the United states.
5. The Royal Library Of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark
It’s the national library of Denmark and an official library of the University of Copenhagen. Its the largest library in Nordic countries. Owing to large donations in the past, the library holds nearly all Danish books, some dated back to 1482. A new building apart from the old one was opened at Slotsholmen, known as the black diamond. Its made by “two black cubes lightly curved over the street” according to Wikipedia. The atrium’s exterior consists of glass over viewing the sea.
6. Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscript Library at Yale; New Haven, Connecticut
It’s the rare book and manuscript library of the Yale University. The building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1963. According to its Wikipedia page, it has a six-story above ground glass-enclosed tower of book stacks. At night the stone panels transmit light, giving the hall an amber glow. Consequently, this makes it a magnificent place to read.
7.Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
It contains almost 23 million items, making it the second largest public library in the US. Its known for its unbelievable courtyard and Italian inspired architecture. Finally, its home to the classic reading room: Bates Hall.
8.Stuttgart City Library in Stuttgart, Germany
Its a nine-story, cube-shaped library. Its inspired by the design of the pantheon of ancient Rome, according to design boom. The entire building is painted white and the only source of colour are the books.
9. Liyuan Library in Beijing, China
Located in a small village in Beijing, the library perfectly fused into the atmosphere of the forest surrounding it. The library consists of Timber beams, while the outdoor surface is covered in sticks. For this reason, the light of the library comes from the cracks in the frame. Also, like any other library, it offers a plethora of books.
10. Bodleian Library; Oxford, UK
According to Wikipedia, its the main research library of the University of Oxford. Additionally, its one of the oldest libraries in Europe with 12 million items. Colin Dexter also used it in one of the Inspector Morse novels.
Since J. R. R. Tolkien studied here and became a professor afterwards. Moreover, many of the manuscripts are now in the library.
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