MORE AWESOME LIBRARIES
Added on: 5th Feb 2015
ADMONT ABBEY LIBRARY,
Built in 1776, the Admont Abbey Library is the largest monastery
library in the world. The ceiling is adorned with frescoes depicting
the stages of human knowledge up until the Divine Revelation.
The entire design reflects the ideals and values of the Enlightenment.
MELK MONASTERY LIBRARY,
The Baroque-styled abbey and the library within were completed
in 1736 based on designs by Jakob Prandtauer. The library
includes a world-famous collection of musical manuscripts
and features stunning frescoes by artist Paul Troger.
AUSTRIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY,
Austria’s largest library is located in the Hofburg Palace
in Vienna and houses over 7.4 million items in its collections.
The library was completed in 1723 and features sculptures
by Lorenzo Mattielli and Peter Strudel and frescoes by Daniel Gran.
WIBLINGEN MONASTERY LIBRARY,
This library, completed in 1744, was modelled in the Baroque
style after the Austrian National Library, but it is by no means
just a cheap imitation of the original, and it certainly stands on its own.
Just outside the library there is an inscription reading
“In quo omnes thesauri sapientiae et scientiae,”
which translates to
“In which are stored all treasures of knowledge and science.”
STRAHOV MONASTERY LIBRARY,
This impressive library collection contains over 200,000 volumes,
including just about every important title printed in central
Europe by the end of the 18th century. And as if the
gorgeous décor and impressive book collection weren’t impressive
enough on their own, the library also has a favourite feature of many
geeks, two secret passageways hidden by bookshelves and
opened with fake books.
CLEMENTINUM NATIONAL LIBRARY,
The series of buildings that make up this National Library owe
their inception to an 11th century chapel dedicated to
Saint Clement (hence the name). The National Library itself was
founded in 1781, constructed in a Baroque style, and has
served as a copyright library since 1782. The collection now
includes historical examples of Czech literature, special materials
relating to Tycho Brahe, and a unique collection of
Mozart’s personal effects.
THE ROYAL PORTUGUESE READING ROOM,
The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura in Rio de Janeiro holds
more Portuguese works than anywhere else outside of Portugal,
including a number of rare titles. Completed in 1887, the building's
design is based on the Gothic-renaissance style that was popular
at the time of the Portuguese colonization of Brazil. Inside the library
are both a stunning chandelier and a gorgeous iron skylight that
was the first of its kind in the country.
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF BRAZIL
Another amazing library of Rio, the National Library of Brazil was
constructed back in 1810 and has since become the largest
library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world. As a
copyright library, publishers have been required to send over
one copy of every title they've published since 1907, pushing the
library’s collection to over 9 million items, including a number
of rare books and an extensive collection of over 21,500 photos
all dating from before 1890.