A Bibliophile’s Bliss! Legendary Libraries of the World!
The scent of books, both old and new, is incomparable. To book lovers, it signifies a wafting glory of intact histories. These books are a tribute to all knowledge in the world. The most significant libraries across the world also speak of incredible beauty in their architectural style.
Listed below are few of the best libraries in the world:
#1 The British Library, London, England
The British Library in London is the largest of the world; it houses over 170 million items, which also includes more than 300,000 original manuscripts (both ancient and contemporary) and 60 million patents. Spread over 14 floors, it boasts of an unparalleled collection of books, maps, newspapers and musical scores. It is also home to one of the world’s most comprehensive selections of literary treasures, including the Magna Carta, first edition of ‘The Times’ and the audio recording of Mandela’s Rivonia trial speech.
#2 New York Public Library, New York City, United States
One of the city’s most remarkable landmarks, the New York Public Library is the fourth largest library of the world. Founded in the year 1895, the main branch is located at Bryant Park which has over one million volumes consolidated from the Astor and Lenox Libraries; other branches in the state are located in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. The library, notably, is home to some of the USA’s most significant historical documents, including Columbus’s letter about the New World (1943) and George Washington’s original Farewell Address. Book cheap flight tickets to New York and experience the glory and grandeur of this Public Library.
#3 National Library of St. Mark’s, Venice, Italy
Officially known as Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, the National Library of St. Mark’s was constructed in the 1500s. St. Mark’s Library is a renaissance building which contains about 13,000 manuscripts and more than 24,000 works of literature. Many notable artists have contributed to the library’s vast collection, including Paolo Veronese and Tintoretto. If you are looking to stay in Venice, online hotel booking would be recommended
#4 Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Connecticut, United States
One of the largest libraries in the world, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is located within Yale University complex and houses a robust collection of rare books, manuscripts and early-edition novels. The library’s ground and mezzanine floors are open to the public and hosts year-round exhibitions. It also serves as a research center for students, faculty, and scholars, whether affiliated with Yale or not.
#5 Vatican Library, Vatican City
Vatican City, world’s smallest country, is not only a favourite among historians and art lovers, but also bibliophiles. Vatican Library, situated within the Vatican Palace, was officially established in 1448. Its current collection includes ancient manuscripts, codices, classical Greek and Latin texts, and the world’s most impressive selection of ‘incunabula’ (text printed in Europe prior to 1501). The most notable piece in the library is the oldest known Bible, Codex Vaticanus.
#6 Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
The Library of Trinity College was established in the year 1592, the same year the college was founded. Till date, it remains the largest library of Ireland and also, a major research library in the world. In 1801, it was endowed with Legal Deposit privilege, which is why it continues to receive copies of every book published in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Book of Kells Exhibition in the world-renowned Long Room of the Old Library building is a must-visit for every bibliophile.
There’s a lot of history steeped in the pages of every book, every manuscript housed in these libraries. Turn some of these pages and learn more about the world and its history.