Libraries are storehouses of knowledge, which contain the everlasting treasure of books, the best friends of man. These are the places which offer solace to souls who have hunger for knowledge and such people can spend a good part of their lives in libraries. There are some noted libraries in the world, which have brilliant collection to books, besides boasting of architectural excellence.
Here is the list of top 10 best libraries in the world:
10. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto
One of the noted libraries in the world is the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, which boasts of the rarest collection of works. Some of these rare works include Newton Principia, Nuremberg Collection, First Folio of Shakespeare, etc.
9. Seattle Central Library, Seattle
One of the more recently established libraries to feature on this list is the Seattle Central Library, which was set up in 2004 and is acclaimed for its modern spacious and airy design, creating a whole new ambience very different from the conventional image of a library. It can hold a collection of nearly 1.45 million items.
8. Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St Gallen, Switzerland
Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St Gallen is the oldest library in the world, with nearly 160000 items including some from the 8th century. Besides being a World heritage Site, the library also has an online portal where book lovers can access books dating back to 1900s.
7. Boston Public Library, Boston
One of the most prominent libraries in the world is Boston Public Library, which is the second largest library in the US. It was established in the McKim building in 1895 and houses 22 million items, including rare items such as beautiful murals, medieval manuscripts, colonial Boston records and a Daniel Dafoe collection.
6. Library of Parliament, Ottawa
Library of Parliament, Ottawa is nothing less than a landmark in Canada and it even features on its ten dollar bill. Besides being appreciated for its exquisite architecture and interiors, the library has an astonishing collection of more than 600000 items, which are looked after by a dedicated staff of 300 members.