10 Most Magnificent Libraries Worldwide
Learning is crucial for the proper growth, and development of the human race. AsTheophrastus said, “The man of learning is the only person in the world who is neither a stranger in a foreign land, nor friendless when he has lost his intimates and relatives; on the contrary, he is a citizen in every country, and can fearlessly look down upon the troublesome accidents of fortune. But he who thinks himself entrenched in defenses not of learning but of luck, moves on slippery paths, struggling through life unsteadily and insecure.”
Learning is crucial to human existence. As important as learning is, it will be quite a task (mentally, financially, and physically) for a single individual to acquire enough materials for his/her learning. Hence the need and relevance of libraries, to serve as an arsenal that houses materials for learning. Libraries make learning materials readily available for citizens of the earth to access. John Lubbock, once said, and indeed it is true “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” The relevance of libraries in the world can never be overemphasized.
The Architect, as the head of the building team, must make conscious decisions to make these libraries functional, aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.There are many beautiful libraries scattered through the earth. A list of these libraries will run into hundreds.
Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France (Courtesy of Franck Bohbot)
George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA (Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University)
Klementinum library, Prague, Czech Republic (Courtesy of Dainius)
The Library Of Congress, D.C, USA (Courtesy of The Library Of Congress)
New York Public Library, New York, USA (Courtesy of Todd Eberle)
Walker Library, Chicago, USA (Courtesy of Jay Walker)
Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany ( Courtesy of Stuttgart’s Municipal Library)
The National Library Of China, Beijing, China (Courtesy of Tian-yu Xiong)
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, USA (Courtesy of Jon Luca)