13APR 2017
Famous Library in The World

Famous Library in The World

Image of action figure courtesy of Archie McPhee Pearl worked at the Seattle Public Library at the time as the director of the Washington Center for the Book, and was well known locally due to her regular public radio appearances to recommend books. A year earlier, she had met a man who owned a novelty company at a dinner party and the idea to create a librarian action figure modeled…

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13APR 2017
Beautiful Library in The World

Beautiful Library in The World

The ingeniously simple concept for the library at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University speaks volumes: it’s made entirely of wood bookshelves, with a glass exterior. Inside, architect Sou Fujimoto’s spiral-shaped design naturally spurs the visitor onward and features light-filled, comfortable corners for reading and easy access to volumes. It’s a reminder that even in the digital age…

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13APR 2017
Library of The World

Library of The World

We all know about the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, a towering structure that overlooks Capitol Hill, containing a gilded Reading Room and a massive archive that holds some of the world’s most precious books and media. But most people aren’t aware that the Library of Congress also contains a lawyer’s secret hidden ally: the Law Library of Congress, located in the…

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12APR 2017
Oldest Libraries in The World

Oldest Libraries in The World

The al-Qarawiyyin university, library, and mosque were founded by Fatima El-Fihriya in 859 — around the time early forms of algebra were being invented. Samia Errazouki/AP Images Fittingly, El-Fihriya attended the university she helped to found. The library still has her original diploma: a wooden board. Samia Errazouki/AP Images Today, thanks to Aziza Chaouni s four-year renovation…

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12APR 2017
Best Library in The World

Best Library in The World

The Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark Adam Mørk The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) awarded the Dokk1 with the best library title at a meeting in Columbus, Ohio, throwing a spotlight on the futuristic building that opened in June 2015. The largest public library in Scandinavia has books and workspaces like most public libraries, but serves other functions…

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11APR 2017
Beautiful Library

Beautiful Library

While the advent of the Internet has meant public libraries are not quite as popular as they once were (sniff), there are still very many in New York that are gorgeous places to read and study. Yes, you can download over 300, books on your phone, but wouldn’t you rather sit somewhere pretty and quiet to read? 1. New York Public Library This iconic location, proudly guarded by regal-looking…

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10APR 2017
Most Beautiful Library in The World

Most Beautiful Library in The World

The library is housed in the Strahov Monastary, part of the historical Clementium building complex in Prague. Mikhail Varentsov/Shutterstock.com The Theological Hall was designed by Abbot Jeroným Hirnhaim and the architect Giovanni Domennico Orsi. There are tons of books on the walls. Filip Fuxa/Shutterstock.com In the center of the room are research items, like the 1678 compilation…

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10APR 2017
Best Library Science Programs in The World

Best Library Science Programs in The World

There are several factors to consider when choosing a school that will best meet your needs: ALA accreditation - To receive accreditation from the American Library Association, a school must meet a wide variety of criteria. If desire a position that requires a master of library science degree, the fact that your degree is ALA accredited is perhaps the most important factor. There…

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09APR 2017
World Best Libraries

World Best Libraries

As physical containers for a society’s shared knowledge, historical documents, and academic musings, libraries have always shouldered an enormous responsibility. But beyond merely serving as archives, the best libraries also inspire. Housed in architecturally ambitious structures, they are places that celebrate human achievement with awesome environments. Indeed, there are obvious…

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08APR 2017
Most Beautiful College Libraries

Most Beautiful College Libraries

The Rhode Island School of Design faced its own makeover challenge in 2002: how to transform an imposing bank building into a design-forward library. The solution was a living-room-like setup of contemporary Knoll chairs below a gorgeous clock that dangles from the vaulted glass ceiling. While college libraries traditionally bring to mind visions of cathedral-like spaces for quiet…

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08APR 2017
Libraries of The World

Libraries of The World

I could hear my oldest daughter come rushing down the stairs last week as I arrived home from work. My two youngest pulled and gripped on me as I picked them up and carried both into the living room. I sat down on the couch, both in my arms and took an exasperated breath before tickling the two-year-old and 11-month old still pulling on my face. “Daddy!” I heard at the bottom of…

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07APR 2017
Big Library in The World

Big Library in The World

The U.S. Library of Congress - the largest library in the world - did a 4-year-old girl Daliyah Arana proud by making her ‘librarian for a day ’ on January 11, 2017. It was as much a honour for the prestigious library as Arana has already read over 1, books, starting from the age of two years and 11 months, when she kicked off with a picture book called Ann’s Big Muffin. | Photo…

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06APR 2017
Largest Libraries in The Us

Largest Libraries in The Us

The US has some of the largest libraries in the world. The Library of Congress is by far the largest in the US, according to the volumes it holds. The majority of the top ten largest libraries are affiliated to universities. Some public libraries are among the largest, and although they are not affiliated with any university, they can be referred as academic libraries as well. In…

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06APR 2017
Top Ten Libraries in The World

Top Ten Libraries in The World

Halifax Central Library, located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street in the city s downtown, has been named amongst Wired.com s top 10 most beautiful libraries in the world. It was the only Canadian library to crack the list, which featured buildings from Mexico, Norway, England, Turkey, China, Denmark and the U.S. Designed by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer…

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05APR 2017
Largest Library

Largest Library

The Library was founded in 1800, making it the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. On August 24, 1814, British troops burned the Capitol building (where the Library was housed) and destroyed the Library s core collection of 3, volumes. On January 30, 1815, Congress approved the purchase of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library of 6, 487 books for $23, 950. Statistics…

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