62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries
For the last couple years, Jill Harness has been rounding up the world's most beautiful libraries by continent. Here they are all in one place, in no particular order. Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, with two story dark wooden arches, this is also the largest library in all of Ireland. This library, completed in 1906, is fascinating for its unique combination of architectural styles. The Codrington Library of Oxford University was completed in 1751 and has been used by scholars ever since. The National Library of France has expanded greatly since new buildings were added to house the collection in 1988. 5. This library is located in the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the historical residence of the king of Spain. 6. The General Library of the University of Coimbra consists of two buildings: the New Building built in 1962, and the Joanina Library built in 1725. The library of the Dutch Parliament contains every record of parliamentary hearings and discussions. 11. 18.
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