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Famous Libraries

             Everyone has some kind of place that makes them feel transported to a magical realm. For some it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers. For us here at the Gentleman Scholar, there has always been something about libraries. Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library. (Table of Contents:  Famous Libraries of the World) 
 

Click here for a 3-D tour of St. Florian Monastery-Library, Austria

Stiftsbibliothek Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Austria


Trinity College Library, AKA, The Long Room, Dublin, Ireland

Theological Hall - Original Baroque Cabinets
Strahov Theological Hall - Original Baroque Cabinet

Strahov Philosophical Hall
Strahov Philosophical Hall

 


Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland


Angelica Library, Rome, Italy


Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany


Beatus Rhenanus Library, Basel, Switzerland


Bernadotte Library, Stockholm Sweden


Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy


Biblioteca Di Bella Arti, Milan, Italy


Biblioteca do Palacio e Convento de Mafra I, Lisbon Coast, Portugal


Biblioteca do Pala`cio Nacional da Ajuda Lisboa III, Lisbon, Portugal


Biblioteca Geral University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal


Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, Mexico


Bibliotecha de la Real Academia De La Lengua, Madrid, Spain


Bibliotheque Alencon, Normandy, France


Bibliothe´que Nationale de France, Paris, France


Duke of Humphrey’s Library, Bodleian, Oxford University, England


Boston Copley Public Library, Boston, USA


Old British Reading Room, British Museum, London, England


Casanatense Library, Rome, Italy


Cathedral Library, Kalocsa, Hungary


Chetham’s Library, Manchester, UK


Dutch Royal Archives Library, Netherlands


El Escorial Library, San Lorenzo, Spain


Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA


George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag, the Hague, Netherlands


Hereford Cathedral Chained Library, Hereford, England (Rare books were once kept chained to the bookshelf to prevent stealing.)


Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar II, Germany


Joanina LIbrary University of Coimbra, Portugal


Kremsmuenster Abbey Library, Kremsmu¨nster, Upper Austria.


Biblioteca Castilla La Mancha, Spain


Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA


Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada


Library of St. Walburga, Zutphen, Netherland (Preserved from the 16th century)


Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria


Library of the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal


Library of the Prussian King Frederic the Second in Potsdam, Germany


Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria


National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


North Reading Room, UC Berkeley, California, USA 


New York Public Library, New York, USA


Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium


Queen’s College Library Oxford


Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 


Rennie Mackintosh Library, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland 


Riggs Library, Georgetown University, USA


Rijkmuseum Library, Amsterdam


Riksdagen Library, Swedish Parliament Library, Stockholm, Sweden


Russian National Library, St. Petersburg


St. Florian Monastery-Library, Austria


Salamanca Library, Salamanca, Spain


Sansovino Library, Rome, Italy


Sorbonne Library, Paris, France


State Library, Victoria, Australia



Suzzallo Library, Seattle, Washington, USA


The New Library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s library, North Wales


University-Library, Helsinki, Finland


Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome


Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria


Waldsassen Abbey Library, Bavaria, Germany


Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, England


Yale, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 


Bad Schussenried Bibliothekssaal, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Florence, Italy


Bibliothe`que Solvay, Brussels, Belgium


Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA, USA


Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford, England


Cornell Law School Library, Ithaca, NY, USA


Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., USA


George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House Library, Asheville, N.C., USA


Harper Library, The University of Chicago, IL, USA


John Rylands Library, Manchester, England 


Klementium Library, Prague, Czech Republic


Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales


National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland


Old Chicago Public Library (Current Cultural Center), Chicago, IL, USA


Pierpont Morgan Library, NY, NY, USA


Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany (The reading room pictured is entirely underground, the ceiling being level with the grass.)


Sterling Memorial Library, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, USA 


The Grolier Club Library, NY, NY, USA


Law Library, Iowa State Legislature, IA, USA


The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Northeast Vermont, USA


Thomas Crane Library, Quincy MA, USA


Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, Canada


University of Michigan (Old) Law Library, MI, USA


Widener Library, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, USA


Wiblingen Monestary Library, Ulm, Germany

 

  

Table of Contents:  Famous Libraries of the World

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Australia

State Library, Victoria, Australia

Austria

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
Kremsmuenster Abbey Library, Kremsmunster, Upper Austria.
Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria
Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria
St. Florian Monastery-Library, Austria
Stiftsbibliothek Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Belgium

Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels, Belgium
Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium

Brazil

Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Canada

Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, Canada

Czech Republic

Klementium Library, Prague, Czech Republic
Strahov Philosophical Hall
Strahov Theological Hall - Original Baroque Cabinet

England

Chetham’s Library, Manchester, UK
Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford, England
Duke of Humphrey’s Library, Bodleian, Oxford University, England
Hereford Cathedral Chained Library, Hereford, England (Rare books were once kept chained to the bookshelf to prevent stealing.)
John Rylands Library, Manchester, England
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Old British Reading Room, British Museum, London, England
Queen’s College Library Oxford
Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, England

Finland

University-Library, Helsinki, Finland

France

Bibliotheque Alencon, Normandy, France
Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Sorbonne Library, Paris, France

Germany

Bad Schussenried Bibliothekssaal, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar II, Germany
Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
Library of the Prussian King Frederic the Second in Potsdam, Germany
Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany (The reading room pictured is entirely underground, the ceiling being level with the grass.)
Waldsassen Abbey Library, Bavaria, Germany
Wiblingen Monestary Library, Ulm, Germany

Hungary

Cathedral Library, Kalocsa, Hungary

Ireland

National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Library, AKA, The Long Room, Dublin, Ireland

Italy

Angelica Library, Rome, Italy
Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy
Biblioteca Di Bella Arti, Milan, Italy
Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Florence, Italy
Casanatense Library, Rome, Italy
Sansovino Library, Rome, Italy
Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome

Mexico

Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, Mexico

Netherlands

Dutch Royal Archives Library, Netherlands
Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag, the Hague, Netherlands
Library of St. Walburga, Zutphen, Netherland (Preserved from the 16th century)
Rijkmuseum Library, Amsterdam

Portugal

Biblioteca do Palacio e Convento de Mafra I, Lisbon Coast, Portugal
Biblioteca do Palacio Nacional da Ajuda Lisboa III, Lisbon, Portugal
Biblioteca Geral University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Joanina LIbrary University of Coimbra, Portugal
Library of the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal

Russia

Russian National Library, St. Petersburg

Scotland

Rennie Mackintosh Library, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
The New Library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Spain

Biblioteca Castilla La Mancha, Spain
Bibliotecha de la Real Academia De La Lengua, Madrid, Spain
El Escorial Library, San Lorenzo, Spain
Salamanca Library, Salamanca, Spain

Sweden

Bernadotte Library, Stockholm Sweden
Riksdagen Library, Swedish Parliament Library, Stockholm, Sweden

Switzerland

Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland
Beatus Rhenanus Library, Basel, Switzerland

USA

Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA, USA
Boston Copley Public Library, Boston, USA
Cornell Law School Library, Ithaca, NY, USA
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., USA
Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House Library, Asheville, N.C., USA
Harper Library, The University of Chicago, IL, USA
Law Library, Iowa State Legislature, IA, USA
Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA
New York Public Library, New York, USA
North Reading Room, UC Berkeley, California, USA
Old Chicago Public Library (Current Cultural Center), Chicago, IL, USA
Pierpont Morgan Library, NY, NY, USA
Riggs Library, Georgetown University, USA
Sterling Memorial Library, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Suzzallo Library, Seattle, Washington, USA
The Grolier Club Library, NY, NY, USA
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Northeast Vermont, USA
Thomas Crane Library, Quincy MA, USA 
University of Michigan (Old) Law Library, MI, USA
Widener Library, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, USA
Yale, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Wales

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales
Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s library, North Wales
 
 
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