With all of the literary wonders available to help you celebrate National Book Lovers Day, we thought we'd shift the focus to where you should spend this scholarly cultured day. No matter how you feel about books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world. These public spaces dedicated to printed and digital media prove that even the most silent of buildings can make a loud design statement.
Libraries are some of the most incredibly esteemed places to common knowledge imaginable. With a boundless range of resources, they're priceless when it comes to studying. Whether they feature sleek, eye-catching architecture or extravagant interiors, we've rounded up some of the most strikingly beautiful libraries around the world to help ignite the book lover in you:
Strickingly beautiful libraries
Strikingly beautiful libraries around the world in honor of National Book Lovers Day
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world's largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke Library's robust collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world.
The magnificent floor is covered with tiles of rose, grey and white marble. The wooden bookshelves in Rococo style are situated on the sidewalls in two rows, separated by a balcony with a wooden railing. They contain over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century.
The New York Public Library has provided essential access to books and information for more than a century. Today, we are building on that legacy by increasing access to our collections physically and online, and by transforming our libraries into proactive centers of education and opportunity for all New Yorkers.
he University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries. With more than 4 million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books, as well as several hundred databases, the library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.
The Biblioteca Vasconcelos is located in the north of Mexico City, next to the suburban railway station in Buenavista. Designed by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach, it was inaugurated in May 2006. It is one of 10 internationally recognized librarians more modern venues.
Located in the heart of the multicultural Malmö, the library has more than 600.000 media: books in some 60 different languages, magazines and newspapers from all over the world, cd’s, films, video games and talking books.
The first library for Oxford University – as distinct from the colleges – was housed in a room above the Old Congregation House, begun c.1320 on a site to the north of the chancel of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The building stood at the heart of Oxford’s ‘academic quarter’, close to the schools in which lectures were given.
The main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room, and at nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. When built (between 1712 and 1732) it had a flat plaster ceiling and shelving for books was on the lower level only, with an open gallery.
The elegant spires of the basilica, the wonderful period library, the priceless pictures in the gallery and a film set for Hollywood blockbusters – this is Prague’s Strahov Monastery, one of the oldest Premonstratensian monasteries still in existence in the world.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
When this Department was built at the end of the 19th century, there was no electricity. Combustible substances, such as candles and gas lamps, had to be kept away from the more than 100,000 volumes. To allow as much light in as possible, the roof was therefore constructed as a leaded glass dome.
The Black Diamond is the quasi-official nickname to the modern waterfront extension of the Royal Danish Library’s old building and is a reference to its polished black granite cladding and irregular angles.
The Suzzallo Library is an architectural and historical treasure. It has an exemplar of over 80 years of academic splendor. Be welcomed by the majesty and mystery of this, 'the soul of the University.'
The library’s main building is located in the historical Clementinum building in Prague and is the biggest library in the Czech Republic, being home to around 6 million documents.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Today's feature is this beautiful shot from @michaelkalish. Congratulations!
Tag #IGersBoston for a chance to be featured. Together, Let's Instagram #Boston! #iHeartBoston #❤️🅱
Selected by @javimejia | August 06, 2015
Established in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. The Boston Public Library's first building of its own was a former schoolhouse located on Mason Street that was opened to the public on March 20, 1854.
The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne is an inter-university library in Paris, France. It is situated in the Sorbonne building. It is a medieval institution of the Sorbonne, which evolved over the centuries as part of the University of Paris.
The magnificent library is the perfect setting for your most significant celebrations. Start your evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the sophisticated Exhibition Gallery surrounded by pieces from the Johns Hopkins Libraries’ diverse and rare collections.
Discover More Like This
BACK TO SLIDE
Have you ever visited a spectacularly, breathtaking library that should be in this round up? Please let us know in the comments below and have an amazing National Book Lovers Day.