10 Stunning University Libraries in the World

The Trinity College Library

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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