What is a library…an array of bookshelves containing several books which are organized according to a certain order? A library is where resources of knowledge are carefully preserved? A digital or public place where bookworms cheerfully spend a considerable time of their life, that’s all? Certainly no; libraries no longer comply with this stereotype. Some libraries have become tourist attractions around the world, thanks to their unmatched architectural beauty. Some libraries are masterpieces which charm will perhaps make you forget about reading and keep starring at their perfection and attraction. Therefore we wanted to take you on a journey through which you will discover a collection of the most stunning and formidable libraries in different parts of the world. So here is a list of the best libraries to visit in the world.
1. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
It is actually the first library in the UK history housed in a part of the University of Oxford. The usually referred to as “Bod” got between its shelves 12 Million books, why not if it has been receiving all the items that have been printed and published during the 400 years ago, with no slightest exception. You can imagine the space that this library occupies, as well as the how much stories, thoughts and sciences it is preserving. It is consisted of two building: one old the other new. The two buildings are linked by underground passageways. The old building is actually the most beautiful and iconic part of the library. The visitors of the library can book a guided tour across the Bodleian Library to explore the historical value of the library.
2. Braunschweig University of Art Library, Germany
This is the second largest library and unquestionably one of the best places to visit in Germany. The glass cube which was designed to house the Braunschweig University of Art is a great example of what recycling can do for the world. This piece of art is the creation of the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta who worked alongside the Braunschweig branch of KSP JÜrgen Engel. If you plan to pay this outstanding Hanover library a visit and don’t have an idea about the opening hours a glance at the official site of the University of Braunschweig would be helpful.