With the technology growth nowadays many people are turning into that virtual learning, and downloading books or buying them and reading them using the laptops. This is contributing to the reputation of the libraries to decrease and they are more used as great seminar halls or for book publications.
But the great architectural wonders you’re about to view further will amaze you in a positive manner. The architects of these libraries wanted to make them stand as a reminded that even in the digital age, you can still go and experience an easy access for every book on the planet and get a comfortable and cosy place just for you. And when you’re planning on making a little break from studying you can visit the café bars in the building and treat yourself. This is the best way for a student to study for his exams. The peace and harmony and seeing how everyone around you do the same thing will give you the willingness to make a bigger effort and achieve it yourself.
For all book lovers, these are places you should definitely visit. There are some of the finest works in original on the bookshelves in these libraries. Then, off you go and experience not only the looks of the whole place, but the value it carries too. Since, books are the most valuable things that exist on Earth. Every word written is worth millions. And the greatest fortune a man can receive is the knowledge. The knowledge we get from books. At the end, it’s all about books.
Then check out Europe’s greatest libraries that will leave you wordless with their greatness and the treasure they have hidden among the shelves.
The Royal Library in Copenhagen – Denmark
You will really enjoy the surrounding views that this library is offering for all of the readers. The views of the harbour, and also there is a fresco painted on the ceiling by one of the famous artists in Denmark, Per Kirkeby. The whole look of the library is magnificent, as the name says it, royal. It is built in a neo-modernist style back in 1999, and serves as an additional complex to the already existing one, The Royal Library. For its design, black granite, glass, and steel are used. And the complex along with the bookshelves and many world’s more or less work exhibited here, has a great concert hall, exhibition spaces and a café where you can enjoy a break after the long reading time or the walk through the complex. There are guided tours that take you through the inside of this grand building, and if you’re interested you can book one on Saturdays only.
Clementinum in Prague
The library in this whole complex is only one structure. The building process has started back in 1622, and today this library should be proud with its spectacular baroque style and the many frescoes painted on the ceiling and the wall, with a scientific and artistic thematic. Also, there are golden globes located lengthwise through the centre of the library. This library contains around 20,000 volumes of collectible books, in contrary to the single one that could have been found in the time where the building process commenced. The labels and the volumes are original ones, the actual ones that were when the library was open. Nothing was changed here. Despite the reading that is daily done here, there are also tours made in a special period of time, served to show the tourist and tell the story of the history and the original volumes of book that rest on the shelves.
Marciana Library, in Venice
This library’s construction started in the time of the Renaissance in 1537 and lasted for 50 years. That Renaissance outside look makes it to fit perfectly with the whole appeal and the scent of the whole city of Venice. Many famous architects and artists were included in the construction process. The walls and ceilings are all painted by the hands of the famous Venetian artists: Titian, Alessandro Vittoria, and Tintoretto. It is not just the look that is appealing and dragging the attention of many locals and tourists to visit it, but the fact that there are a large number of books here. There are more than 750,000 books, 24,000 prints, and around 13,000 manuscripts. Many of them came as a result of the law in 1603 that enforced every printer to donate a copy to the library of every single book. If you’re interested to find out something more about the history of the books and the place too, you can get a special English-language tour.
Trinity College Old Library in Dublin
This one was founded by Queen Elizabeth I back in 1592. The current look and structure were afterwards built in 1712. The most captivating element in the whole library is the 60 metre long room, where huge book shelves from both sides of the walls can be spotted and also marble sculptures of many famous writers that were significant for the Ireland literacy, like Jonathan Swift (known for his masterpiece – Gulliver’s Travels). There are also huge wooden vaults in the ceiling that bring about the whole extravagant look. It is mostly visited because of the Book of Kells, which is a luxuriously decorated manuscript with a great value, because it contains the four Gospels of the New Testament. Mainly self guided tours are made here, in the Old Library or the Book of Kells Exhibition.
The Stuttgart City Library in Germany
The exterior of this library is amazing and looks like a monochromatic cube. The bricks at sunset shine in a specific glow and after dark they get a blueish shine. The inside is even more stunning than the outside. It looks like a five store upside down pyramid and is pained all in white. Despite the reading room that has this amazing look, there are also meeting rooms, a rooftop terrace and a café here. This is one cultural heart of Stuttgart, and it was mainly built with this goal. What is interesting here is that not only you can enjoy reading a book here during the night, but there is a Library for Insomniacs as well where people can relish reading some of the selection of material throughout the night as well.
Library of Birmingham in England
This library’s exterior captivates with its beauty. It is a four floor building, all in rectangular form and with 5357 metal rings placed on them, which brings about the ultra modern look. But it is not the lavish look that makes this building so worthy, but the treasure it hides inside, like the traditional wood panelled Shakespeare Memorial Room. This one was originally built in 1882, and is placed on the top of the building. It is that worthy because it includes copies of Bard’s first editions. The library was officially opened in 2013. It is open daily for tours around the library or if you want to relax with a nice book.
Coimbra Library, the University of Coimbra- Alta and Sofia in Portugal
This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the University’s campus. It is a mixture of styles. The baroque style along with the exotic carved wood are notable in the interior. Also, some great photographs can be noticed on the ceiling of the library, that were all painted by Vicente Nunes and Antonia Simoes Ribeiro. And the motifs on the wooded bookshelves are Chinese. As I told you in the first place this is one mash of styles. It was built way back in 1717. But not everything is bright here, there is a dark side that this library hides. There is a prison hidden in this building that once served as a place where the students and scholars were confined. There are special stairs that lead you down to the place.
Bodleian Library, Oxford University – in England
This is one noble library where many great names and a whole generation of scholars, including the ones from the royal family and even the Bristish prime minister spent days studying. It even got on the silver screen thanks to the Harry Potter series of moves, as Hogward’s library (this was once Duke Humfrey’s medieval reading room). The ornately and low ceiling seemed perfect to be used in the silver screen. The reading rooms are only available and can be seen with guided tours nowadays. It is one popular place indeed visited by many that want to experience the luxury of the medieval.
Austrian National Library in Vienna
And ending our list with the National library in Austria’s capital. It‘s made in baroque style and was constructed in 1723. The whole interior is made with a rich taste and style and it’s no wonder since it served as a library for the palace until 1920s. Perched over the palace you can spot Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. It is hard to focus on the books, the main treasure here, with all of the artistic works that are surrounding you, like the statues and the many paintings on the walls. And you can pay a visit here whenever you want to because it is open 24/7.
If you’re a book lover than an adventure, including the places numbered above will be a dream come true for you. Not only you’ll get to see some of the best volumes of books, but manage to spot some amazing architectural wonders. These all come from a different part in Europe, and have a remarkable architectural look, witnessing the time they come from and the style that was modern in that particular period of time. The baroque as we can conclude from the above given is a period that had a great influence on the architectural look of the libraries among the other monuments that were born back then.