‘Books are man’s best friend’ was the famous quote from Anonymous. If you are a hard-core reader you will agree with this, Spending hours and hours behind a novel will be pleasure. A good book will offer you a set of valuable information, each book teaches us and develop our thinking power. Here is the list of ‘Top Magnificent Libraries Around The World’.
- New York Public Library
This Library is one of the fourth largest library around the globe. The library holds the record of having 53-million items, 6000-manuscript, 800000-images in digital format, 16000-atlases and around 431000-maps. The library is known for 125-miles long bookshelves. The library also holds Christopher Columbus’s original letter which he wrote on his very first voyage to discover new places. The letter is said to written in the year 1493.
The New York Public Library was founded in the year 1911, it is one of the largest marble building with 530000-cubic feet long marble. The lion statue at the entrance is quite impressive, also the six statues represent poetry, philosophy, drama, religion, history and romance are the charm of a library.
- Stockholm Public Library
The Stockholm Public Library was founded in the year 1928, today the library is one of the remarkable landmark in Stockholm city. A Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund planned the library which holds 4400000-items. The library holds 2-million books, 2.4-million audio tapes of books also of books with 100-different language.
The interior of the library too is brilliant, a good amount of sunlight can be reached as it contains lot of windows.
- George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library is one of the magnificent library of Maryland State, it was dedicated to the citizen of Baltimore City by Philanthropist George Peabody. Today the library holds around 300000-items total including American literature, Architecture, Geography, American History, British Arts and many more. The library is known for great architecture containing cast-iron balconies, gold-scalloped columns, 60-foot ceilings and many more.
- Real Gabinete Portuguese de Leitura
The Real Gabinete Portuguese de Leitura is known as Royal Literature Room in English. The library holds second largest collection of Portuguese fictional books around the world. It was established in 1837.
The library has 350000 documents work from 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It also holds books with information on the culture and history of Portugal. It also has a small collection of ancient coins, paintings and sculptures. The architecture of splendour with spectacular sculptures at the entrance. Wooden book shelves, ornamental doors add a unique touch with beautiful and chandelier adds more striking brilliance to the interior.
- State Library of Victoria
State Library of Victoria, Australia is a cultural icon of Victoria State. The library has many important items like paintings, journals which explain several shades of history. The library holds thousands of audio files, newspaper, pictures and maps. It also offers exhibition and artwork for its visitors. The architecture of the Library is spectacular with impressive hall, seminar rooms, domed reading rooms, conference centre and many more. The octagonal design of the room was unique idea which can accommodate 600-readers at a time.
- Trinity College Library Dublin
The Trinity College Library Dublin is one of the largest library in Ireland. This library in Ireland has copyright privileges to receive published material for free of cost. Today it has the largest number of maps, electronic books, audio files, journals and manuscripts.
To speak about the valued treasure, the library holds books of Durrow and Kells. The Book of Durrow is existing well-lit Gospel book, while the Book of Kells is one of the valued manuscript.
The 213-feet long and 42-feet wide main chamber is main attraction of this library.
- National Library of China
The National Library of China is the largest library in Asia. It holds 31-million items in more than 115-languages. The collection of books keeps on increasing at the rate of 700000 new entries per year.
The library holds the largest collection of Chinese literature data of Chinese publications. The National Library of China also has brilliant rare collection with 35000 oracle bone inscriptions, tortoise shells, 270000 Chinese ancient books, encyclopaedia, maps and Buddhist sutras.
The library was founded in the year 1909 and renamed as ‘Beijing Library’. In 1987 a new library called Western library was built. The third library was completed in 2008, 27-meter high building with steel roof, glass roofs. The library also has 2000 seats in its reading rooms.
- Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Bibliotheque Nationale de France is the third largest library in Europe. It is also known as the National Library of France in English language. The library was established in the year 1461, where the old building was replaced by spectacular building in 1995. The new library is constructed in L-shape and has 24-storey.
The Library holds 40-million items, 14-million books, 5000 Greek manuscripts with 150000-new items adding each year.