The Trinity College Library

10 Stunning University Libraries in the World

Libraries are among colleges’ and universities treasures. These hubs of study, learning, and research vary in size, design, and collection, but all form part of the academic nerve center. From old libraries to modern buildings with innovative designs, here are some of the most stunning university libraries in the world.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Where: New Haven, Connecticut
Highlights: Massive collection of rare books and manuscripts, houses one of the few remaining original Gutenberg Bibles, an eye-catching sunken sculpture garden and the windows

Central Library – Delft University of Technology
Central Library Delft University of Technology
Where: Delft, Netherlands
Highlights: Largest technical scientific library in the country

Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library – Oxford University
Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library
Where: Oxford, UK
Highlights: Second largest library in the UK, oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library, impressive collecdtion that include one of the few remaining original Gutenberg Bibles

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library – Vassar College
Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library
Where: Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Highlights: Beautiful architecture, stunning Cornaro Stained-Glass Window, and a large collection of books

George Peabody Library – Johns Hopkins University
George Peabody Library
Where: Baltimore Maryland
Highlights: Stunning atrium, the intricately designed skylight, beautiful cast-iron balconies, the black and white marble floors, and a wide collection of books

Harper Library Reading Room – University of Chicago
Harper Reading Room
Where: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Highlights: English Gothic style architecture, reading room with a towering ceiling

Philological Library (Philologische Bibliothek) – Freie Universität Berlin
Philological Library
Where: Berlin, Germany
Highlights: Stunning design and architecture, home to the collection of 11 separate libraries, also known as the Berlin Brain

The Old Library, St. John’s College – Cambridge University
The Old Library, St. John’s College
Where: Cambridge, UK
Highlights: The Rare Books Reading Room, home to numerous special collections,

The Trinity College Library – Trinity College and the University of Dublin
The Trinity College Library
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Highlights: Also known as The Long Room, largest library in the country, home to the Book of Kells and an extensive range of collection

The University of Coimbra General Library
The University of Coimbra General Library
Where: Coimbra, Portugal
Highlights: Breathtaking interior that boasts of salons with intricate wooden bookstands

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Making Time for Lifelong Learning

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If there is one thing everyone needs to accomplish anything of significance, it would be this: Time. And when it comes to learning, you need to invest some time to achieve a certain level of knowledge, skill, or mastery in whatever it is that you set out to do. Being less productive may not be a measure of your ability to get things done. But it may reflect your choices and priorities. Lifelong learners share certain traits that set them apart from everyone else. One of the things they are really good at making good use of their time to keep learning. Making simple adjustments to daily routines can make a difference in freeing up some time that may be used to pick up a new skill or learn new things.

Keep things organized. Lack of organization and cluttered spaces can make you less productive. You could waste time looking for things you need because of the clutter buildup you have to sift through. You can be more efficient and productive when you get organized.

Identify and manage time vampires. Take time to pay more attention on how you use your time every day. Take note of time vampires and how you may be inadvertently feeding them. Eliminate anything that may waste your time, if you can, or find ways to manage them. Make a realistic inventory of the things that you do and how much time you are spending on them. Think of all the distractions that tend to steal away your time and work out solutions on how you can avoid or limit them.

Don’t delay. Deal with things now instead of procrastinating. The more you delay doing the unpleasant or difficult tasks, the more time you waste that would have otherwise brought you closer to completing the things you need to accomplish. Procrastinating can stress you out. It could lead to needless pressures, especially when you have to work overtime to meet looming deadlines. Make a to-do list to plan your day ahead. Do the most important or tougher tasks first or when your energy is at its peak.

Use breaks. Make sure to use breaks to step away from whatever it is you are working on. Breaks may seem like a waste of time when there is a lot of unfinished work to be done. But taking breaks is important in staying productive. A short break after a burst of focused work can reenergize you. It also eases the dullness or fatigue that can start building up after you spend time concentrating on a particular task.