With many many libraries all over the world, choosing the top ten was quite difficult. There are many with beautiful architecture, content and history, and have been placed in amazing and serene locations. The following are in no specific order but are some of the best in the world.
1. Stuttgart City Library – Stuttgart, Germany
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Built to have an open concept, this library is one of the most unique looking out there. With a modern, clean design, it gives a feel of freshness and sophistication. Eight stories tall, the top five floors are completely open to see below from an upper level. It costed approximately $80 million to build.
2. Vatican Library – Vatican City
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Dating back before 1475 and being one of the oldest libraries in the world, the Vatican Library or also known as The Holy See, has been dubbed one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Reconstructed in 2007, it still holds information dating back hundreds of years, a reason why its one of the best.
3. Delft University of Technology Library – South Holland, Netherlands
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This library is the best in the studies of technology in the world. Housing all the information you would ever need, full of catalogues and databases, it is a technologies students dream. The library itself seems to look like its hidden underground by having a grass covered roof. It has one of the most modern and unique structures ever built.
4. The Library of Alexandria – Alexandria, Egypt
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Being consummated between 283 and 246 BC, this is one of the most important libraries in history. It has gone through several destruction attempts but still remains today, with a more up to date architecture. One of the sides of the building have hieroglyphic type scribbles to represent Egypt as a whole.
5. National Library – Belarus, Russia
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A sphere-like structure doesn’t seem like a building for a library, but with 22 floors, it does hold a lot of information. It is the strong centre for information of the country, and has many many people that use it regularly. It was originally founded in 1922, but was rebuilt to its glass sphere-like structure in 2006.
6. Trinity College Library (University of Dublin) – Dublin, Ireland
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A library with less of a modern look that dates back to the 1500s, this thoroughly vast library is full of information that could bring you back hundreds of years. Built to have thick columns and high shelves, the look hasn’t changed much. Many rooms make up this building, and it happens to be Irelands largest library.
7. Central Library – Seattle, Washington
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With a contemporary and crisp looks, this library has been constructed of glass walls all around. With a unique design of the building itself, it has a zig-zag look to it with each of the sections serving a purpose to make a fully functioning library. Beautiful lighting inside with story-high walls makes for a peaceful reading experience.
8. Geisel Library (University of California) – San Diego, California
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One of the most unique stand alone buildings ever built in North America, this library has such a different look to it that it has you wondering how it was even built. Eight stories tall, it was built to be one of the best in the world, and it took close to $5.5 million to build back in 1970 and updated in the early 1990’s.
9. Library of Congress – Washington, D.C.
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One of the largest libraries in the world, by how many books it has and its shelf storage, this library has been around since the 1800s. It is separated into three different buildings and it is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. It is full of beautiful and well-kept architecture in and out.
10. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (University of Toronto) – Toronto, Ontario
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This library has been dubbed one of the most amazing in the world for its rare book collection and resources and being the largest in Canada to hold such a variety of Material. Originally founded in 1955, the home for TFRBL was built in 1973. It has a strong, beautiful architecture that gives the library a knowledgeable feel.
By: Montana McGiverin
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