The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is among one of the most beautiful libraries in the world (admitsee)
In today’s world, we can choose a book
with the touch of a button on our iPads, download the newest release in
less than a minute to our Kindles, or turn to Amazon for our next
must-read. But often lost in the ease, convenience, and speed of reading
a book nowadays is the reading ritual itself – the true pleasure of
making your way down a library’s long aisles, skimming rows upon rows of
books, picking up a potential read, flipping through its pages. So
let’s shine a little light on these houses of knowledge and celebrate
the ubiquitous symbol of information with this collection of beautiful
libraries across the world.
Contents of Post
1. THE ‘CLASSIC’
WHERE: Dublin, Ireland
This library boasts a 200-foot long room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Known as the Long Room, this striking room is lined with marble busts
of famous writers, like Jonathan Swift.
2. THE RULER OF THE RARE
This library is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely
to rare books and manuscripts. They even have an original Gutenberg
3. THE MEGALIBRARY
WHERE: Mexico City, Mexico
Known as the “megalibrary,” this giant library takes up a whopping
409,000 square feet. Inside, over 500,000 books are displayed on glass
shelves hanging from the building’s five stories.
4. THE COLOSSEUM
WOW FACTOR: This
library was designed to resemble a modern-day Colosseum. The entrance
is through a huge skylit concourse and bridges inside the library
connect to reading and study areas in the outer walls.
5. THE CUBE
From the outside, the nine-story building looks like a monolithic cube.
But inside, the dramatic all-white interior has a five-story reading
room shaped as an upside-down pyramid, plus meeting rooms, a café, and a
6. THE MIDDLE EASTERN MAMMOTH
Opened in 2002, the massive disc-shaped building has a huge reading
room that tilts toward the sea with a facade that’s covered in letters
and characters from more than a hundred different languages. The
building also contains a planetarium, four museums, and academic
7. THE GREEN MACHINE
This eco-friendly library has a slanted roof that collects moisture
from humidity and rain, and then recycles it for the restrooms and
gardens. The Beitou Library has also been fitted with solar panels, as
well as deep-set and latticed windows to reduce energy use.
8. THE SUSTAINABILITY STANDARD
Villanueva Public Library was constructed using only locally-sourced
materials, and was solely by the people of the village who were trained
to help construct the building. The design, created by four college
students, focuses on natural ventilation and plenty of shade to keep the
interior nice and cool.
9. THE TIMELY MASTERPIECE
This two-story library, opened in 1884, features an extraordinary Dent
and Sons clock on a wrought-iron and gold ornamented balcony at the end
of the reading room. A staff member winds it once a week.
10. THE NEW, OLD LIBRARY
WOW FACTOR: The
National Library of China houses a vast array of historical and ancient
books and manuscripts – even inscribed tortoise shells. Completed in
1987, the buildings that make up the library were all designed in a
traditional Chinese style.
11. THE MODERN PHENOMENON
WOW FACTOR: With
a massive skylight in the ceiling that looks like a steel cone from the
outside, the Delft University of Technology Library is also has a
grass-covered roof to add to its eco-friendly and modern design.