Walking into a library is perhaps one of the best experiences in the world for a book lover. You feel the scent of ink and old paper, touch the leather of the volumes on the shelves and wander aimlessly through the isles, perusing each title as you go. Sometimes you have a specific book in mind and you head directly towards it. Other times you merely allow yourself to become engrossed in the world of books and find something completely unexpected.
There are many beautiful libraries all around the world. Vast and impressive, with millions of tomes waiting patiently on shelves and stairs winding towards them. Discover below three of the most beautiful libraries of the world.
1. Austrian National Library
The Austrian National Library is the biggest library in Austria, housing approximately 7.4 million items in various collections. It is located in Hofburg Palace. However, since 2005 some of its collections have been moved to the Palais Mollard-Clary. The library has its origin in the Middle Ages. Though the library dates back to the 14th century, it wasn’t until the 16th century that the institution had its first Head Librarian. At that time it housed about 9.000 items.
2. Bibliothèque Mazarine, France
The Bibliothèque Mazarine is the oldest public library in France. It started as Cardinal’s Mazarin‘s personal library. A great bibliophile, the Cardinal lost a big part of his first library when he had to flee Paris during the Fronde. At his return, with the help of librarian François de La Poterie, he started a second library. At his death, he left it to the Collège des Quatre-Nations.
3. Trinity College Library. Dublin, Ireland
The Trinity College Library is the library of Trinity College and the University of Dublin. It is the largest library in Ireland and home to the famous Book of Kells. It dates back to 1592 and the founding of Trinity College.
What do you think of these beautiful libraries? Would you like to visit them?
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