An English philosopher John Lubbock once wrote ‘We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the Earth’. For ages, libraries were centers of culture, religion, education and social life, but nowadays they became less popular among people because of the internet, eReaders, different mobile devices and other things we are using in the 21st century. However, even if we don’t read paper books each day, there are a lot of libraries that are worth visiting.
English photographer Will Pryce and architecture historian James Campbell visited all corners of the world to write a book “The Library: A World History”. It is about the best libraries which are based in different countries. This book contains information on over 80 libraries and showcases the world history and cultural development from ancient ages to the present using this temple of science as an example. Moreover, each library they have seen and took a photo of is an architect masterpiece of its era: there are modern mechanized libraries, medieval church libraries, the Renaissance libraries, and many others.
‘Your library is your paradise’ says Dutch Renaissance humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam in his works, and though the library is not a part of our day-to-day self-education, it may become the place to have a rest and fall deeper into the stories or information we are interested in.
In this infographic, you will find key facts about ten the most beautiful libraries in the world which are worth seeing not only because of outstanding book collection, but because of fantastic memorable architecture. Behind each is the story which is kept by people who knows the value of knowledge. And each of them has millions of books and periodicals which cannot be found on the internet or Amazon, and the impression of reading them and holding in your hands cannot be beaten by the devices you are using to read now.
The most beautiful libraries of the world