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Top 5 Most Unique Libraries in the World

6 JUL 2015
Career Path : Education News

Libraries hold a special place in many cultures around the world. They are full of history, knowledge and artwork, and often act as a symbol for the city or country they belong to. As a future college or university student, libraries serve as a huge, endless reservoir of research, and a relaxing atmosphere to study in. If you haven’t ever used your school library before, you’ll definitely begin when you start college!

Here are some of the world’s most impressive and unique libraries for you to feast your eyes on!

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Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland

The Trinity College Library is best known as the home of the Book of Kells, a famous Latin Gospel book, predicted to have been written around 800 A.D. The book is currently on display in a glass case, where visitors come from all over the world to glimpse at the masterful calligraphy and text illustrations. The library itself is home to six million volumes, and the bust of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels.



Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Built in 1074, this abbey is one of the oldest in all of Austria. The library hall itself was built in 1776, and contains 70,000 volumes.  What makes this library unique are the Enlightenment-era paintings on the walls and ceiling, depicting the various stages of human knowledge.


Boston Public Library in Boston, USA

Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library holds an impressive 24 million books. The library specializes in art and art history research, with the entire third floor dedicated to these subjects. The library also has a collection of 1.7 million rare books and manuscripts. Despite its location in a large American city, the Boston Public Library feels like you’re stepping right into the library at Oxford.

Coimbra University

Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbra, Portugal

This baroque style library has an Old-World theme, and is a part of the University of Coimbra. One interesting fact about this library is that the wood used for all the bookshelves and tables was imported from Brazil! The library houses 250,000 books in total.


Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, Canada

Several times now, the Vancouver Public Library has been named the top library in Canada. Its central location in the metropolis of Vancouver, it’s 9.5 million books, CDs, audiobooks, DVDS, and games, and its friendly staff are all reasons why this library has such as a high satisfaction rating from those who visit. Those who watched the TV show Fringe might recognize this library as one of the main filming locations.