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

Simple Ways To Be More Productive


Let’s face it.

There are days where we just want to do nothing for the entire day. There are even days where we just want to do nothing for the entire week. There are even days where we just want to do nothing for the entire month.

It could be because we get tired from doing lots of chores at home within a day. It could also be because we get tired from making tons of reports within a week. It could even be because we get tired from doing just about everything within a month.

And it’s okay.

It’s okay to want nothing to do for the entire day due to those chores. It’s okay to want nothing to do for the entire week due to those reports. It’s okay to want nothing to do for the entire month due to just about everything.

The only thing that isn’t okay about all those mentioned above is your entire productivity level being fully affected by your unwillingness to do something even for just one day.

That being said, even if you’re not that focus driven the entire day, here are a few simple ways to be more productive:

Breathe deeply.

If you think breathing deeply is just a prelude to stretching and other exercise routines, think again. You see, breathing deeply allows you to improve your oxygen flow and the distribution of blood throughout your body, which helps keep you energized the whole day.

Drink coffee.

Drinking a cup of coffee per day is truly an understatement. Coffee doesn’t only help boost your energy with its antioxidant properties, but also help you boost your immune system with its anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help you get up and going the entire day.

Do you know any other ways to be more productive? Let us know in the comments section below!


Establishing Great Learning Habits


Let’s face it.

Learning something can be daunting. The idea of having to learn everything from scratch and taking a whole lot of time to fully master it can be overwhelming for some.

But you know what?

Learning something can also be delighting. The idea of having to learn everything from scratch and making a whole lot of effort to fully master it can be inspiring for others.

As they say, learning is an eternal journey.

You see, learning is not just about learning everything from scratch. It’s about the process of learning everything from scratch, including all those sleepless nights you’ve had to endure as you continue to learn what you’re supposed to.

It’s about the analyzation, as you figure out what to do next. It’s about the testing, as you figure out if there’s anything you’ve missed out. It’s about the application, as you integrate everything you’ve learned in your daily tasks.

Even then, you need to learn more about what you’ve already learned about – not just to gain more knowledge, but also to gain more skills as you continue to apply in your daily life what you’ve learned with what you are learning.

Thus, it’s only right for you to start establishing great learning habits.

To do this, you only need to:

Set Goals

Admit it or not, most people refrain from learning something not because of time constraints as they always use as excuse. It’s not being motivated enough to learn something, even if it’s more about their craft. It’s not setting goals enough to be motivated enough to learn something, especially if it’s a new craft.

Thus, you need to set goals as you establish great learning habits. And by this, it means figuring out what your short-term goals are (joining a woodworking training for 72 hours) and what your long-term goals are (enrolling a master’s degree for 2 years). Regardless of what goal you may have, this will help you figure out what to do next – or if you even need a book like Java Programming 24-Hour Trainer.

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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.