Aug 24, 2010

15 Incredible Libraries Around the World

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Moldova National Library – Photograph by Daniel Zollinger

 

These pillars of higher learning are also home to some of the world’s most incredible architecture. Below is a small collection of stunning libraries around the globe. From the historical to the modern, these centres of knowledge and learning also preserve the history and culture of their respective periods. Personally, I would find it hard to concentrate in some of these places, they are too beautiful for the eye not to wander.

 

1. University Club Library – New York City, United States

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Photograph by Peter Bond

 

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Photograph by Peter Bond

 

2. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Canada

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Photograph by James Gillard

 

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Photograph by James Gillard

 

3. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut

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Photograph by Lauren Manning

 

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Photograph by KAALpurush

 

4. Iowa State Capital Law Library – United States

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Photograph by Tani Livengood

 

5. Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

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Photograph by Sam

 

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Photograph by Sam

 

6. Admont Abbey Library – Austria

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Photograph by Ognipensierovo

 

7. State Library – Victoria, Australia

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Photograph by Waltonics

 

8. Library at El Real Monasterio de El Escorial – Madrid, Spain

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Photograph by Jose Maria Cuellar

 

9. José Vasconcelos Library – Mexico City, Mexico

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Photograph by Pedro Vasquez Colmenares

 

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Photograph by Aurelio Asiain

 

10. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Photograph by Ruy Barbosa Pinto

 

11. National Library of Finland – Helsinki, Finland

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Photograph by Marj-Liisa

 

12. Mitchell Library – Sydney, Australia

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Photograph by Christopher Chan

 

13. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada

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Photograph by Fadi J

 

14. George Peabody Library – Baltimore, Maryland

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Photograph by Danielle King

 

15. Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

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Photograph by Rafael Ferreira

 

 

 

 

 

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