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Best Libraries in the World - Ranking The Top 35

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The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

The Royal Danish Library. Copenhagen, Denmark. via

The Library of Congress is essentially the national library of the US and the oldest federal cultural institution. It consists of three buildings and is the largest library in the world as measured by shelf space and number of volumes. The holdings of the library are impressive and varied, and include over 32 million books, more than 61 million manuscripts, a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, and a perfect vellum copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of only four in the world)....

The Herzog August Library was founded in 1572 by a German Duke, and by the 17th century it was one of the largest libraries in Europe. The Library’s collection is over 900,000 books, more than a third of which were printed from the 15th to the 18th century. The Library is internationally known for its Middle Ages and Early modern Europe collection.

The University of Coimbra General Library has been in operation since the early 16th century. Inventories for the library exist from the years 1513 and 1532, and show that the library at the time held more than 120 manuscripts. The The Library was definitely established in 1537, and today holds over a million books, with a separate building for pre-19th century books. This is the Biblioteca Joanina, and its architecture is done in majestic Baroque style. The Library is open every day.


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