Last week was national library week this was supposed to go up then but I decided to not post anything on Easter weekend on holiday weekends I would rather focus on spending time with my family and not be thinking about having to edit a post or reply to comments. Anyway… as a late celebration I’m sharing a list of five of the most spectacular library’s from around the world. There’s hundreds of lists like this and I never get tired of reading them but in an effort to make things more interesting for you I’ve included 3-5 hopefully interesting facts about each one. I spent hours reading about each library and it was really fun since I am obviously a massive nerd and staying up late researching library’s with my cat is my idea of a perfect evening.
- The Old Library is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes.
- In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, which is now housed in the Library.
- The Library began with the founding of Trinity College in 1592. In 1661, Henry Jones presented it with the Book of Kells, its most famous manuscript.
- The 65-metre-long (213 ft) main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books.
- Initially The Long Room had a flat ceiling, shelving for books only on the lower level, and an open gallery. By the 1850s the room had to be expanded as the shelves were filled due to the fact that the Library had been given permission to obtain a free copy of every book that had been published in Ireland and Britain. In 1860, The Long Room’s roof was raised to accommodate an upper gallery.
Library of Congress; Washington, D.C
- The Library of Congress is more than two centuries old and was established by an 1800 act of Congress. It is the oldest cultural institution in the entire country.
- The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States. It features 883 miles of shelving, houses 155 million items total, and holds 33 million books that are written in 460 different languages.
- The library holds the largest collection of maps in the world.
- The library also holds the world’s largest collection of comic books, with more than 100,000 issues within its walls. Its oldest comic dates back to 1936. Along with these comics, the library also houses the largest collection of newspapers in the country.
- Since 2006, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single public tweet ever made on Twitter and archiving them digitally. More than 50 million tweets are collected every day.
- Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the Peabody Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.
- Reflecting the scholarly interests of the nineteenth century, the library consists of a general reference collection on virtually every subject but music.
- The library contains more than 300,000 titles most of which date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
- This is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
- Named after Humphrey of Lancaster—the 1st Duke of Gloucester and the son of King Henry IV of England thw Library was built between 1450 and 1480.As a lover of literature, Duke Humfrey amassed a large, multilingual collection of books throughout his life. When he died in 1447, he donated them to Oxford University, and the reading room was specially built to contain them.
- Originally, the reading room possessed 281 of the duke’s manuscripts, but, today, it only has 3. The shelves are now filled with extremely rare books, including “manuscripts of the gospels of the Bible from the 3rd century, a Shakespeare First Folio and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of 42 left in the world).
- And finaly the coolest fact of all the library scences in the Harry Potter movies where fimed here
- The facade is 220 meters long. The whole complex covers 37,790 m² with about 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, and 156 stairways
- The library contains over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula (books printed before the year 1500).
- The library has bats they keep up during the day and let out it night to keep the books from being destroyed by insects.
All of these are simply stunning normally I would talk about why I like each one but in this case I think they speak for themselves, There’s honestly so so many other amazing library’s but this is already long so I’ll stop here but maybe I’ll do a part two one day for now I want to know what you think of these library’s. Do you agree that there spectacular? Is there any amazing library’s you love that aren’t on my list?