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May/23/2013 - 03:09:16 pm

Must-Visit: Most Amazing College Libraries

In this article you'll learn about some of the most beautiful and amazing college libraries in the world.  If you're an avid reader and book lover, you must check out these libraries.

Many people love to read eBooks, but print books aren't dead and neither are libraries.  College libraries will always be a great place to do some research or pick up good romance novels.  College libraries are free to visit, so you have no excuses not to check one of these out. 

The George Peabody Library at John Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.  You'll also find a lot of history as the library was founded back in the late 1800's.   The George Peabody Library has a general reference collection on virtually every subject other than music. The library contains over 300,000 titles with books dating back to just before the 19thcentury.  This library has no shortage of Greek and Latin classics.  You'll even find plenty of books on history, science, geography, and travel. 

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University is an amazing place to go if you're looking for an exceptional read.  If you love books that are unique and hard to find, this college library is a must visit for you.  This library happens to be amongst the largest libraries in existence dedicated solely to hard to find books and manuscripts.  In fact, you'll find several thousand manuscripts in this library.  The marvelous marble, gorgeous granite, delicate glass, and also beautiful bronze also make for a breathtaking structure inside and out. 

Queen's College Library at Oxford University is one of the most prestigious college libraries you can find.  Oxford University is a must notorious for intelligent and scholarly students making this college library a must visit.  This beautiful library was established in the fourteenth century, so measly of the unique collections of manuscripts and printed books remain.   Merits to a number of donations by benefactors, Queen’s now have one of the principal and richest collections of books in Oxford.    The collection is now so huge that vaults were built behind the back of the library. 

Tama Art University Library in Tokyo Japan was built in the 1930's.  The library is constantly expanding and growing.  Eight new departments were added in the 1990's including environmental design and sculpture.  If you're looking for a library that will fulfill your creative spirit, this college library is one you must visit.  In this library you'll find a large collection of books that covers the special fields of art, design and architecture.  You'll find manuscripts ranging from reference books to specialized research materials.  You'll also find excellent reference services and the most up to date information on art. 

The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal was founded in the late 1500's and is one of the oldest university libraries in the world.  In this library you'll find over 400,000 volumes of books on 7,000 meters of shelves.  The majority of these books are from the 16th to late 18th century.  Millions of dollars have been spent on this library over the centuries, and there are many beautiful things to see in this library.  If you're looking for an exceptionally lavish college library, look no further.


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