Library is a place where books of different subjects, topics are kept for public reading, referencing or borrowing. A Library can be maintained in a single room or cupboard on personal level and also can cover several sq metres when it is made for public usage.
Library is the only place where one can get books, magazines, newsletter, novels, religious books, biographies, research papers, motivational videos, audios, maps and much more to refer, read or in some cases borrowing. Libraries are a kind of information sources created for humans by humans, the only thing expected at the end in a Library is maintaining silence.
Generally Libraries in Schools, colleges mostly contains syllabus related books, magazines and other information sources but the public Libraries have all subjects covered including science, social topics, economics, research work, novels, comics and newspapers, etc. The size and construction of a Library depends upon the area and number of users for that particular Library.
The basic facilities maintained by each and every Library are a comfortable place for the reader to sit and read, adequate illumination required as per standards of reading, proper ventilation, a restroom, drinking water facility and most important of all is availability of good books for reading. Some of the Libraries across the globe are so magnificent that people just visit to see the beauty of the place. Below is a list of top ten most Beautiful Libraries across the world and their uniqueness.
Here are the top 10 Most Beautiful Libraries In The World in 2017-2018
10. THOMAS FISHER RARE BOOK LIBRARY
Thomas Fisher Rare book Library is situated in Toronto, Canada. It is the largest library for rare books, manuscripts, research works collection. The Library was established in November 1955 by Robert H. Blackburn. Initially at the starting of the library, very less books and manuscripts where there. Then people started donating their rare books, magazines and other rare collections of information. Today Thomas Fisher Rare book Library has total more than 25,000 volumes.
9. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
New York Public Library was established in year 1895, New York, USA. The library has been supplying the citizens of New York with free reading from over 100 years. Different types of books are made available for the readers, they can sit and read their choices or can issue and take the books at home for some days and return after their reading. It is the most ancient library in New York city. The authorities confirmed that every year more than over 17 million contributions are made in New York and about a million were done online which makes the Library items count above 55 millions. The Library has variety of things for every age group, it annually throws 1,03,000 programs for development of readers. Also NYPL provides online patrons to other libraries across the globe. NYPL gets its funding from both government and private donations. Well wishers can donate their contribution to this library of they wish to, they can also contribute online. NYPL has opened branches at over 92 locations in Manhattan, Bronx and at Staten Island.
8. LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT
Library of parliament was constructed in year 1876 in Ottawa, Canada. This Library is the main destination for exploration or fact-finding for the Canadian Parliament and other individuals. This Library has been reconstructed several times for the maintenance purpose, also in year 1916, the large part of the Library got accidentally on fire. The central part of the library was completely burned although some of the valuable things were rescued properly by the people present over there. The only part of the Library of Parliament Ottawa, remaining untouched as it was after the original construction is located behind the central part of the library. This Library holds meetings for the members of parliament and is also opened for the common people for referring the books and getting information.There are 6,00,000 items including hard copies and soft copies. The reading rooms are large spacious and magnificent. It consists of hanging pillars for support, beautiful painting on the elevated ceiling and walls of the Library. For the maintenance of such a huge Library, they have 300 staff including librarians.
7. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Boston Public Library (BPL) was established in year 1848 at Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It was the first organisation of its type, BPL is spreaded in a vast area which makes it the second largest Library area wise in the United States. It has a vibrant collection of books, magazines and audio-video tapes and rare collectible books along with this many of their items are made available by the BPL official website. The Library also provides rare research works and one can also do some research in the BPL, they have a separate section for research work. BPL has about 1.7 million rare documents, manuscripts, books, research work, etc. The infrastructure for BPL is well planned and executed with considering every detail. The ceiling of the reading room are vaulted and has a beautiful lacunar ceiling design. BPL provides access to the common readers for the most of the items kept in the Library. It is a great reading experience there, one should visit once to BPL.
6. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ST. MARK’S
National Library of St. Mark’s is in the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. This Library is very ancient, the construction work started in year 1537 but the collection of items for this Library began in from year 1468. The total items this Library possess is about 13,000 manuscripts, over one million of books, over 3000 of codices & incunabulas and over 24,000 rare collectible items. The construction of the building is unique, surrounded by river from one side. Many tourists visit Library to watch the beautiful building and architecture inside the library. National Library of St. Mark’s is one of the oldest libraries.
5. VATICAN LIBRARY
The Vatican Library is situated in Vatican city, Rome. It was established by the Catholic church in year 1475. The Catholic impact can be seen over the beautiful ceilings and walls. The Library looks great from inside also the outer construction is worth watching. The Vatican Library is one of the oldest Libraries in the world. The Library has around 1.1 million. books for readers out of which 8,500 are incunabulas. Vatican Library also possess 75,000 codices. The main honour for this Library is to hold the oldest and complete manuscript of holy Bible along with it the Library has Gelasian Sacramentary, which is one of the oldest book on Catholic worship procedures. The Library was renovated from year 2007-2010 during this period, the infrastructure and Library collectibles were restored and maintained also the authorities thought of securing their most precious assets, books. Thus all the books present were tagged with an RFID tag to prevent theft of books. The Vatican library has 80 staff members at present for working in different departments.
4. YALE UNIVERSITY BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
Beinecke rare book and manuscript library is in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. This Library was established in year 1963. The focus of this Library is to preserve and present the antique research papers, manuscripts and other books. There are around 1 million rare books and several million of manuscripts.
The building of Beinecke rare book Library is well constructed and unique. The construction of the main building is similar to the shape of jewellery box. The authorities do the maintenance from time to time. Recently in 2007, the whole building was under complete maintenance and restoration, in which the storage and exhibition space capacity of the building were expanded.
3. READING ROOM AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM
The Reading room at the British Museum was established in year 1857 in London, England. The museum is one of the most beautifully constructed infrastructure for educational purpose in London. The room has a dome shaped ceiling with circumference of 267.52 meters. Total 25,000 volumes and many antique manuscripts are present in the Library. The Reading rooms were previously available only for the members of the library who showed up their membership identity, but these days it has became quite easier to access Reading room at the British museum, visitors, tourists can go and see the library and if interested they can sit and read their choice.
2. British Library
British Library is situated in United Kingdom, it was established in year 1973. Before 1973, the British Library was an integral part of the British Museum. It is the world’s second largest Library also it is the national Library of UK. It consist of more than 150 million items from all over the world. The items consist of printed books, manuscripts, incunabulas, antique copies of hand written research works, audio and video clips and much more, also the library provides online access to their newsletters, magazines and blogs. A person with reader’s pass can only get into the library, although getting a reader’s pass is not so difficult, the only thing one need is interest in research work and a permanent address proof. It has spacious reading rooms and well equipped mechanical sorting and delivery machines, to deliver selected book to reading rooms.
1. Library of Congress
The world’s largest Library is situated in Washington DC, USA. It was established in year 1800. The Library of Congress has the largest bookshelf space and largest number of items. The Library possess printed and hand written books, manuscripts, codices, other rarities like original copies antique books and research works. This Library also holds research works and case studies including informational audio and video tapes. Thus the total number of items is over 162 million. The significance of this Library also improves because it is the oldest and largest building related to the central government. Along with the large size and lots of inventories, this Library is also famous for its beautiful architecture, the construction work is magnificent. If one is visiting Washington DC, they should go and visit the largest library of the world.
No matter how large or small a Library be, a Library always provides knowledge and a proper place to understand and gain that knowledge. A Library can be started within a small room or it may be constructed over several hundred meteres. The purpose is always served the same and will continue to be the same for years coming. A Library would be useful only if one develops reading habit and use the provided resources properly. It is our duty to be careful while using or referring items at a Library.