Libraries are incredible tributes to human knowledge. Norman Cousins says that “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life”. The sole purpose of libraries is to promote love for books and to share the knowledge and wisdom. Libraries are the great source to connect people together who love reading for positivity and are very influential and greatly affect one’s personality. For book lovers, libraries, with the invaluable collection, resources, stunning architecture and eye-catching surrounding are the most irresistible places to visit. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the Best Libraries in the World that all book lovers should visit in their lifetime.
BEST LIBRARIES IN THE WORLD
7.GEORGE PEABODY LIBRARY
It is also known as the library of Peabody Institute. This library is the 19th-century research library of The John Hopkins University. The collection of this library is for general public’s use. Their goal is to create a library which will be of free use of all persons who want to consult it. It is named after a person named Peabody; a wealthy man during 1810s and 20s, he gave 300,000 Dollars as a beginning sum for this institute. He dedicated this institute to the people of Baltimore in appreciation of their kindness and hospitality. This institute was designed for an art gallery, music school and for a public library. A well-furnished library in every department of knowledge and most authentic literature. The institute has a total collection of 300,000 volume collections, majorly in religion, British art, topography, biography, architecture and literature. Its building attracts the most, its interior is one of the most beautiful in the world. This library was refurbished and renovated for 1 million dollars in the year 2002.
6. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SPAIN
The official name of this library is “Biblioteca Nacional de España”; located in Madrid. It is the largest library in Spain and also in the list of one of the largest libraries in the world. This library was founded by King Philip V as ‘Palace Public Library”. He granted some Loyal Letters Patents, the predecessors made it mandatory for every printer in Spain to submit a copy of every book printed in the country to the library.
This library has more than 26,000,000 items consisting, out of which, 15,000,000 are books and other printed materials, 510,000 music scores, 500,000 maps, 143,000 serials and newspapers, 4,500,000 graphic material, 600,000 sound recordings, more than 500,000 microforms, 90,000 electronic documents and 90,000 audiovisuals. Anyone can access the books which were printed after 1931 with a Biblioteca Nacional library card.
Liyuan library is situated in a small village outside of the famous Beijing city in China. It is a single-story library, whose door opens into its forest surroundings, making a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere for readers. When we enter into the library, its first and great impression making quality is that of the rows of firewood. These rows sit beside a pond which is surrounded by beautiful mountains in the Huairou district of Beijing. It is made from timber beams and its exterior is covered with sticks. In its building, 45,000 firewood sticks were used to cover its outer glass of the building, this library has no electric supply and closes when the light fades.
This library was one of the winning architectural designs in 2013 Architecture of Necessity competition, which was held in Sweden. Furthermore, it was the first Chinese project to claim this award.
4.BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
This library was founded in the year 1848, it is a public library system in Boston, United States. This library receives state funding and privileges all adult residents for borrowing and research work. It is the second largest library in the Unites States.
It has a collection of up to 23.7 million items and one of the largest municipal public library in the United States. This public library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), which is a non-profit org. Boston public Library has special strength in art and its history, and American history and also maintains government documents.
3.SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY
It is the public library and is the flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system. It is situated in downtown Seattle, Washington. It holds about 1.45 million books and other materials and includes up to 400 computers available to the public. In its first year, over 2 million people visited it.
It has a very unique architectural design, has a very unique and attractive appearance. It consists of several discrete floating platforms which seem to be wrapped in a large steel net around its glass skin. This building was also voted on the American Institute of Architect’s list of America’s 150 famous structural designs, this building was placed on number 108 in that list.
2. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
It is a public library system in New York City having 87 branches. It is the second largest public library in the Unites States and is the fourth largest public library in the world. It is being operated by both private and public financing. The branch libraries of New York public library are open for general public and have research libraries and circulating libraries.
It has a collection size of over 50.2 million, having 12 million books and 26.5 million other items available for general public. A historian named David McCullough, described this library system as one of the five most important libraries in the world.
1.LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The world’s largest library; it is the research library which officially serves the United States. It is the oldest federal institute of United States. It is the second largest library by its collection size. It has a universal collection and includes research materials from all over the world and are available in more than 450 languages. However, it is open to the public but only high-ranking government officials are allowed to check out the materials and books. Library of Congress promotes American literature and literacy through different several projects.
It has 23,892,068 catalogued books. It has 5,711 incunabula, incunabula are the books which were printed before 1500, have 14,067,260 monographs and music, serial, bound newspapers and other printed materials. It has 160,775,469 items in total in this library.
Libraries are still very much important for us, not all of the information is available on the internet. Many of the legends learned all their knowledge by libraries. There is a saying by Henri Frederic; he quoted “Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.