Discover the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries Around the World ⇒ Although sometimes underrated, Libraries are one of the most special and charming places and sources of information. They bring something different and appealing to this world. They contain the evolution and history of our world as well as current happenings that is available to the community. While some may believe books are no longer important, many actually disagree, as libraries will continue their existence by keeping up with our modern times. From small to big, simple to complex, there all sorts of libraries in the world, and today, CovetED will talk about some of the world’s most beautiful libraries in the world that one should visit at least once in their lifetime.
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Trinity College Library
The Trinity College Library in Dublin, serving both the Trinity College and the University of Dublin, is the largest library in Ireland with a collection of about 6 million volumes. The library spreads around several buildings, but the one to be most admired is the original one, designed by Thomas Burgh. Its Long Room is home to more than 200,000 rare volumes, including the Book of Kells and important ancient texts. It is one of the main touristic attractions in Ireland.
Taipei Public Library
Opened in 2006 with focus on ecological conservation, the Taipei Public Library paved the way for eco-friendly structures and sustainable architecture in the region. The building itself stands out with its green roof draining water, maintaining humidity and capturing solar power, its system of recycling water for plants and toilets and its main use of wood for the overall construction and interior furniture.
Opened in 2002 in Alexandria, on the Egyptian shore of the Mediterranean Sea, the library has space for holding eight million books and a reading room that spreads around over 70,000 square meters on eleven floors. There are quite a few extra additions to it, such as museums, art galleries, a planetarium, a conference centre and a laboratory for manuscript restoration.
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Library of Congress
Housing 152 million items, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is the second largest in the world after the British Library and it’s both the official library of the U.S. Congress and as well the national library of the United States. Situated on Capitol Hill, it’s the oldest federal cultural institution in the U.S. and it spreads over three buildings.
Stuttgart City Library
Designed by Yi Architects, with the exterior in the shape of a cube and an open and bright interior, it became one of the most efficiently designed libraries. Inside there’s a grand atrium with an open five-floor chamber waiting for its guests and quite a few diverse departments: music, arts, children books, information literacy and a Mediothek. The predominating white tone and the bright lighting makes for an open and intimate space at the same time.
The design of the library is quite appealing. It is comprised of four towers in the shape of open books built around a forest courtyard. Regarded as one of the biggest in the world, the library was further expanded and now features books from all fields of knowledge. It was designed by the architects at Dominique Perrault.
Designed by the architect Jo Coenen and opened in 2007, Amsterdam’s Centrale Bibliotheek is the largest in the country and the most eco-friendly building of the city. The library hosts exhibitions, presentations and many other cultural events and it even has a theatre, a cafe and a restaurant with a lovely overview of the city.
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