10 Of The Biggest Libraries In The World To Add To Your Vacation Bucket List
Whether a library has ten books or ten million, it’s already a wonderful place because there are books there. Of course, for avid readers, libraries with sprawling collections are alluring — after all, if you read constantly, you need enough books to keep you occupied. There are several libraries around the world that would have enough items to keep you reading for a lifetime and beyond.
So many books, so little time — this should be the motto of the largest libraries around the world. They’re constantly acquiring new materials, but many of them also specialize in antiquated collections, so you can admire books of the past and also appreciate the greatest authors of all time. Also, not only do the largest libraries have impressive collections, they’ve also got beautiful architecture and reading rooms. These books are housed in style. If you get the chance to visit some of the world’s largest libraries, you’ll feel like Belle in Beauty and the Beast – you’ve never seen so many books in all your life. No matter where you are in the world, you’re probably close to a massive library, so add the following largest libraries in the world to your to-visit checklist.
Library Of Congress
Number of items: 162 million+
Located in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and the largest library in the world. Established in 1800, it contains materials in over 450 languages. Some of those materials include one of the smallest books in the world (you have to turn the pages with a needle), Stradivarius violins, and digitally archived Tweets.
Library And Archives Canada
Number of items: 54 million
Canada's national library, located in Ottawa, acquires and preserves Canada's documentary heritage. This doesn't just mean serious items: the LAC has, among its collection, plenty of antique photos such as one of a man wrestling a bear (a 19th century hobby that somehow fell out of fashion).
New York Public Library
Number of items: 53.1 million
The New York Public Library is in Manhattan and it's the fourth largest library in the world. It was also the place people used to go for inquiries pre-Google, such as, "why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so they didn't bite the painter?"