Added on: 6th Nov 2014
TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY, IRELAND.
Aside from being absolutely stunning,
with two story dark wooden arches,
this is also the largest library in all of Ireland.
BRISTOL CENTRAL LIBRARY, ENGLAND.
This library, completed in 1906, is interesting because of its
unique combination of architectural styles. The front exterior
was designed in Tudor Revival and Modern Movement styles
in order to allow it to harmonize with the next-door Abbey Gatehouse.
It was built on a slope, and the front of the building is only three
stories tall, but thanks to the two basement levels built into the hill,
the back of the building has five stories. Inside, the design is
mostly Classical, featuring ample arches, marble flooring and it has
a stunning turquoise glass mosaic at the entrance hall.
CODRINGTON LIBRARY, ENGLAND.
The Codrington Library of Oxford University was completed in
1751 and has been used by scholars ever since.
BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE, FRANCE.
The National Library of France has expanded greatly
since new buildings were added to house the collection in 1988.
Even though the old buildings on the Rue de Richelieu are still in
use and are stunning as well. These buildings were completed in
1868 and by 1896 the library was the largest book repository
in the world, although that record has since been taken from it.
THE LIBRARY OF EL ESCORIAL, SPAIN.
This library is located in the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de
El Escorial, the historical residence of the king of Spain.
Phillip II was responsible for adding the library and most of the
books originally held within. Now the library is a World Heritage Site
and it holds more than 40,000 volumes.
BIBLIOTECA GERAL, UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA,
The General Library of the University of Coimbra consists
of two buildings: the New Building which was built in
1962, and the Joanina Library built in 1725.
The Joanina Library is adorned in a Baroque décor and houses
the library’s volumes that date from before 1800.
The library of the Dutch Parliament contains every record of
parliamentary hearings and discussions. Because it was built
before electric lighting was invented it has made the storage
of the books a lot safer. The building was constructed with a
enormous leaded glass dome in the ceiling to allow in light
and minimize the need for candles and gas lamps inside
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY,
The Delft University of Technology library with its enormous
skylight in the ceiling that becomes a steel cone after escaping
the confines of the library and with its eco-friendly grass-covered
roof, the library is both stunning and totally modern.
ABBEY LIBRARY OF ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND.
This beautiful library is not only the oldest in Switzerland,
but one of the oldest and most important monastery libraries in
the world, holding over 160,000 volumes many of which date back
as far as the 8th century. The Rococo-styled library is often
considered one of the most perfect libraries in the world and
has earned the Abbey recognition as a World Heritage Site.