The Most Amazing Libraries You May Want to Visit
Even those who are not fond of reading may want to visit these amazing libraries after browsing this post. The unusual architecture outside and the pleasant atmosphere of these buildings with the silence of halls and riffle of pages make them the ideal places for pastime. Of course, you can find any information you need in the web while sitting in the comfortable chair at home, but sometimes it is more interesting to work with the catalogues (even virtual) in the amazing grand halls of the oldest European buildings, enjoying the atmosphere of the place and finding like-minded companions. Today I have decided to feature in the following post the most fascinating architectural solutions for libraries in the world that you have ever seen. Let’s enjoy them!
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Research library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is available for use by the general public.
Mexico City, Mexico
This “megalibrary” (as it is called by press) is spread on 38,000 square meters and contains amazing sculptures created by Mexican artists.
St. Gallen, Switzerland
It is one of the oldest and most valuable monastic libraries in the world and the oldest one in Switzerland.
Contains the major collection of items from the Middle Ages and Early modern Europe.
Jay Walker’s Private Library
This is one of the most amazing private libraries in the world that contains the rare books, artworks, maps and manuscripts, in other words, the finest books on the planet.
It is the research library of the United States Congress that is known as the largest library in the world according to its shelf space and a number of books.
Library of Parliament
This one is known as the main information research source for the Parliament of Canada.
National Library of Belarus
Contains the biggest collection of Belarusian printed materials. Was finished in 2066 and features the unusual exterior design.
This library is a part of museum. Its online web catalogue features about 140,000 monographs, 3,200 periodicals and 20,000 art sales catalogues.
It is the public library system that contains 26 branches. The size of collection is 2,446,355 items.
The section for foreign languages in this library comprise more than 100 languages. The whole size of items is 2 000 000.
Prague, Czech Republic
It is the second oldest church library in Bohemia. It contains about 280 000 volumes.
It is located in 16-storey building and replaces the old National Library that was closed in 2004.
The Long Room Library
It is the largest research library (contains about 5 mln books) in Ireland.
New Haven, CT
Here you will find the wide collection of rare books placed like a large display case.