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Jan 14, 2015

The Coolest Libraries In The World

The Coolest Libraries In The World

Is reading books still cool? If it isn't it should be.
They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but if the looks alone of these libraries are anything to go by, it can only mean they have some amazing and inspiring books waiting for a reader on those shelves.

I'm sure we've missed some really cool libraries, so don't be shy and send us your suggestions.

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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The Clementinum
The National Library Of Prague was founded in 1781 when it became a legal requirement for all groups to submit their published works to the library’s depository. It currently contains over 6.5 million volumes. /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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The Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
The Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura, which roughly translates to royal reading room, was built in 1837. It houses more than 350,000 works from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a small collection of paintings and old coins.
Source: Boris G /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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The Mitchell Reading Room
The Mitchell Reading Room resides in the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney. The library is the oldest library in Australia, and in the mid-1880s, began to outgrow its premises. The Mitchell reading room was hence commissioned. The reading room is named after its first patron – David Scott Mitchell, who donated the base collection of 40,000 books, 300 pictures and about 1400 manuscript volumes.
Source: A certain slant of light /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Admont Benediktinerstift
The Admont library is a historical monument to book culture with an importance far beyond the region. At the same time it offers equally valuable and exhaustive source material of the surrounding country. The total collection of books comprises some 200,000 volumes. The most valuable treasures are the more than 1,400 manuscripts (the earliest from the 8th century) and the 530 incunabula (early printed books before 1500).
Source: Benediktinerstift Admont /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library is the 19th century research library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is located on the Peabody campus at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, Maryland. The collections are available for use by the general public, in keeping with the philanthropist George Peabody's goal to create a library "which is to be maintained for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it
Source: Wikipedia /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
The National Library of France is a public establishment under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. Its mission is to constitute collections, especially the copies of works published in France that must, by law, be deposited there, conserve them, and make them available to the public. It produces a reference catalogue, cooperates with other national and international establishments, and participates in research programs.
Source: Franck Bohot /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Handelingenkamer, The Hague
The Handelingenkamer is the archive library of the Dutch parliament. It contains records and notes of all the parliament sittings.
Credit: Candida Höfer /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Biblioteca Joanina. Coimbra
The Joanina Library (Biblioteca Joanina) is the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century during the reign of the Portuguese King João V (and named after him). It is located in upper Coimbra, the university historic centre, near the university tower, and is part of University of Coimbra General Library.It contains about 250 thousand volumes, namely works of medicine, geography, history, humanistic studies, science, civil and canon law, philosophy and theology.
Source: Tourism Coimbra /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart
The Municipal Library has become Stuttgart’s new intellectual and cultural centre that is open to people of every nation. This is also symbolised by the inscriptions on the outer walls: the word "Library" in silver letters is in English on the west wall, in German on the north, in Korean on the East and in Arabic on the south.
Source: Philipp Hilpert /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Walker Library, Minneapolis
Walker Library is public library in the East Isles neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The original building was built in 1911, when the Hennepin/Lake area was sparsely populated. T. B. Walker, the president of the library board at the time, donated some land for the site of the library. The opening of this library coincided with the opening of a streetcar line on Lake Street, and it helped fulfill head librarian Gratia Countryman's wishes to expand the library system and bring books closer to people. Local architect Jerome Paul Jackson designed the library in a Classical Revival design.
Credit: Andrew Moore /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Vennesla Library, Vennesla
The new library in Vennesla comprises a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and links an existing community house and learning centre together.
Source: Helen & Hard /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Old Reading Room Of British Museum, London
The British Museum Reading Room, situated in the centre of the Great Court of the British Museum, used to be the main reading room of the British Library. Designed by Sydney Smirke and opened in 1857 the Reading Room was in continual use until its temporary closure in 1997 for renovation. It was reopened between 2000 and 2007 and has since been an exhibition space until 2014. Its function since has been under discussion.
Source: Wikipedia /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Library of Congress, Washington B.C.
The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress, but which is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.
Source: Wikipedia /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris
Sainte-Geneviève Library is a public and university library in Paris, which inherited the collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve. The library contains around 2 million documents.
Source: Wikipedia /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome
The Biblioteca Vallicelliana is a library in Rome, Italy. The library was established in 1565 by Filippo Neri. It is located in the Oratorio dei Filippini complex built by Francesco Borromini in Piazza della Chiesa Nuova. The library holds about 130 000 volumes of manuscripts, incunabula, and books. In this number about 3 000 manuscripts written in Latin, Greek, among them Bible of Alcuin from the 9th century, lectionary from the 12th century etc. The library holds documents from the time of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
Source: Franck Bohot /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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National Library of China, Beijing
The National Library of China in Beijing has a collection of over 31.1 million items, it is the largest library in Asia and one of the largest in the world. It holds the largest and diverse collections of Chinese literature and historical documents in the world.
Source: National Geographic /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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New York Public Library, New York
The library was developed in the 19th century, founded from an amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, and social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, aided by the philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States.
Source: Wikipedia /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
The Austrian National Library is the largest library in Austria, with 7.4 million items in its various collections. The library is located in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. In 1722, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor authorized the construction of a permanent home for the library in the Hofburg palace, after the plans of Leopold I. The wing was begun by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and started accommodating the library in the 18th century.
Source: Wikipedia /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Trinity College Library, Dublin
Trinity College Library Dublin is the library of Trinity College and the University of Dublin. It is the largest library in Ireland and, as a legal deposit or "copyright library", it has rights to receive material published in the Republic of Ireland free of charge. The Library is the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells. Two of the four volumes are on public display.
Source: Rostad Tours /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Bibliothek des Rechtswissenschaftlichen Instituts, Zurich
The library for the law department of Zurich University was designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It contains 170 thousand books and 700 magazine and has 500 'reading stations' for students.
Source: Stern /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City
Mexico City's Biblioteca Vasconcelos is labeled as the Megabiblioteca by the press. Not difficult to understand when you know it is spread across 38,000 square metres.
Source: Eneas De Troya /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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The Oxford Union Old Library, Oxford
The Old Library is best known for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, referred to as the Oxford Union murals. /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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TU Delft Library, Delft
he central TU Delft Library is a hub of technical and scientific information in the Netherlands. It is also a magnificent piece of architecture. The collection comprises books, periodicals, conference proceedings, reports, standards and reference works. Some university faculties also have their own libraries with collections aimed at their own research.
Source: Jevedeha /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Tama Art university Library, Tokyo
Tama Art University's new Hachioji library designed by Toyo Ito, was completed in 2007. The building, constructed of reinforced concrete arches and glass, is a dramatic symbol of the university's commitment to the spirit of 'freedom and will' which we see underpinning all creative art. Hisui Sugiura – the founding president of our university in 1935 – was a leading figure in advertising design and dedicated to a new style of art education, which has continued today in the university's commitment to project based learning, combining the study of art theory and history with studio and practical work.
Source: José Manuel Ortigueira Bobillo /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Zentrum, Berlin
The Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Zentrum is the library of the Humboldt Universty of Berlin. It was opened in 2009 and offers 2 million volumes to the students who study there.
Source: Christian Beirle González /

The Coolest Libraries In The World
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented. The library has shelf space for eight million books, 500 thousand of which were donated by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Source: Wikipedia
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