Forget candy, forgot honey. Books are the sweetest substance ever sold. Books hold information that help us learn. And learning is crucial for the proper growth, and development of the human race. In the words of Theophrastus, “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 very 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. Right now, I will be sharing 10 beautiful libraries in our world. Enjoy the view.

1. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA

 

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University

 

2. Klementinum library, Prague, Czech Republic

Courtesy of Dainius

Courtesy of Dainius

3. Walker Library, Chicago, USA

Courtesy of Jay Walker

Courtesy of Jay Walker

4. Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany

Courtesy of Stuttgart’s Municipal Library

Courtesy of Stuttgart’s Municipal Library

5. St. Florian Monastery Library, Linz-Land District, Austria

Courtesy of Gerhard Trumler

Courtesy of Gerhard Trumler

6. Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

Courtesy of Franck Bohbot

Courtesy of Franck Bohbot

7. The Library Of Congress, D.C, USA

Courtesy of The Library Of Congress

Courtesy of The Library Of Congress

8. The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

Courtesy of Tian-yu Xiong

Courtesy of Tian-yu Xiong

9. New York Public Library, New York, USA

Courtesy of Todd Eberle

Courtesy of Todd Eberle

10. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, USA

Courtesy of Jon Luca

Courtesy of Jon Luca

 

by D’ZYNA ENI

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