They say that the human brains hold all the wonders of the world. The amazing human brain who can take up information directly from experiencing it through the senses and is able to keep and share that valuable information to someone else. However, a single brain, even from the most outstanding scholar, can only hold as much. There is still a need to secure all the important information about the world and its history for future generation’s appreciation.
For all things that a single man cannot learn and want to share to the world, we have the libraries. The libraries may be a little bit outdated at this point in time, but what I can tell you is that to never understatement the power of books. Even with the advent of mobile internet and social media, people still go back to books and spend time in libraries to enjoy the good-‘ol-ages.
The libraries are monuments of the pinnacle of evolution. It holds both the key to future and the glimpse of the past. This is very reason why people preserve libraries as much as they could. Out of the preservation efforts, there are a few libraries found in some parts of the world that are considered to contain the treasures of the world itself. Having the massive sizes and volumes it houses, these libraries are definitely a place where everyone can get hooked to any book they picked.
The Admont Abbey Library – Admont, Austria
Situated on the Enns River in the town of Admont, the Admont Abbey Library is the largest monastery library in the world. Constructed in year 1776, the greatly Baroque inspired library was designed by architect Joseph Hueber. The library was embellished with white and gold hues perfectly reflected by the light endowed with the structure’s 48 windows. It is also crowned with seven cupolas with a ceiling filled with Bartolomeo Altomonte’s frescoes illustrating the diverse phases of human knowledge. Admont Abbey Library is also famous for the depictions of death, heaven, hell and the last judgment illustrated in the form of the “Four Last Things” sculptures which were done by Joseph Stammel, an Australian sculptor also famous during the Baroque era.
On the other hand, the renowned library currently holds 70,000 of the monastery’s 200,000 volumes of literatures and the most priceless amid these are the 1,400+ manuscripts which includes the oldest copy dating to the 8th century AD from the St. Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg and 530 incunabulae printed before 1500.
George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The George Peabody Library is located on the Peabody campus at West Mount Vernon Place in the Mount Vernon Beldevere momentous cultural area of north downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The said library is formerly known as the Library of the Peabody Institute, the Johns Hopkins University’s 19th century focused research based library. The establishment was funded by the philanthropist George Peabody, and was built for the common good of the citizens of Baltimore.
Designed by architect Edmund Lind, the George Peabody Library was completed in 1878 and became popular as the Cathedral of Books. Peabody Library is renowned for its soaring 61 feet high atrium which serves as skylight that allows natural light to touch the books – which provides an enchanting view for the users. Moreover, the interior of the great library is embellished with stunning, monumental Neo-Greco ornaments, and the atrium is bounded by five levels of black cast iron loggias and gold scalloped columns.
George Peabody Library contains over 300,000 volumes of books and is notable for its historic contents particularly on the realm of religion, architecture, British art, topography and diverse histories.
Central Library of Vancouver, Canada
The Central Library of Vancouver, or commonly known as the Vancouver Public Library, is a structure designed by architect Moshe Safdie and highly resembles a modern day Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum. It is a nine story rectangular-shaped establishment encompassing book stacks and services, enclosed by a free standing oblique colonnaded wall featuring study and reading areas that are accessed by the use of bridges across skylight wells.
Being one of the most well-funded structures of all Vancouver, the planning and designing of the library was done through contest and the winning architectural team, the team led by Safdie submitted the most radical yet publicly favored design. In order to construct the dream library, the federal government demanded that as an inclusion to the initial plan, a 21-storey office building was to be built along with it. The construction started in the year 1993 and was completed after two years.
Volumes are divided among the VPL branches and the Central Library of Vancouver holds over 1.3 million volumes of it.
The Royal Library Of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark
The Royal Library of Copenhagen is the state library of Denmark and the academe library of the University of Copenhagen. It is regarded as the largest library in the Nordic countries. The structure was completed in the year 1999 and was regarded as the Black Diamond since then. The neo-modern two black-cubed library got the Black Diamond name from its building which is enveloped with polished black granite and irregular angles originally designed by the Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects. The only part of the library that isn’t composed of black granite is the atrium – made from glass solely. The eight story glass atrium serves as a path for the light to travel inside the interior of the building which also provides great view of the water.
The Black Diamond get a hold of Danish books through legal deposit. These books include an almost complete collection of all Danish printed books dated from year 1482. Last 2006, legal deposit was lengthened to electronic publications and currently the library yields four electronic copies of the Danish Internet annually. Furthemore, the royal Library also encloses a large and momentous collection of aged foreign scholarly and scientific literature, counting high valued books such as the Gutenberg Bible. The library holds several treasured scripts and writings which are inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The Boston Public Library situated in Boston, Massachusetts is the city’s foremost library system and also the library for the Commonwealth. The library is famous for its unbelievable courtyard, atrium, Italian inspired architecture and archetypal reading room which is known as the Bates Hall (named after Joshua Bates, the library’s primary benefactor).
Apart from the aforementioned, the Boston Public Library holds a collection of over 23.7 million literature items, which makes the library one of the largest metropolitan public library systems in the whole of United States. Comprising the library’s research anthology are more than 1.7 million rare manuscripts, incunabula and books.
Trinity College Dublin Library in Dublin, Ireland
The Trinity College Dublin Library serves the University of Dublin and the Trinity College. It is known as the largest library situated in Ireland. The structure is a “copyright library” and has the privilege to freely obtain materials published within the Republic of Ireland. Moreover, the Trinity College Dublin Library is the only Irish library that is given such right for the United Kingdom.
On the other hand, the Trinity College Dublin Library is famous for its Long Room. The 213-foot long core room is enclosed in dark wood pilasters and lined with marble busts – 14 of it were done by sculptor Pieter Scheemakers. The busts collection is comprised of noble writers, great philosophers and chief benefactors who supported the college. The famed main chamber was built between 1712 and 1732, and it houses 200,000 of the library’s oldest books and manuscripts. Likewise, it also contains one of the existing copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. The eminent library is also a home to the celebrated Book of Kells.
New York Public Library in New York, New York, USA
Ranked as the third largest library in the world, the New York Public Library is a civic library structure in New York City. It is also the second largest library in the United States of America with volumes ranging to nearly 53 million.
The mesmerizing Beaux-Arts landmark was one of the prevalent marble made structures in the US when it was built. The reading area measures 297 feet long by 87 feet wide, and has 42 extensive oak tables for visitors and users to sit in. Being founded in the year 1895, the New York Public Library is a functioning full blown library system that composes of 88 scattered branches and four scholarly research centers. Because of its accessibility, the New York Public Library reaches out to all new Yorkers and provide very helpful resources to all.