Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shh. You're in the Library.

Although some of these pictures may inspire you to gasp loudly. Nice job US getting several on the list. Was somewhat surprised to not see the Library of Congress on here. Go see the pictures, they are stunning. Hey, C in DC - one of your former employers made the list! Some of these Incredibly Intricate Libraries are pretty awesome also.

The 25 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World
(from BuzzFeed / Flavorwire)
  1. The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal
  2. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  3. University of Salamanca Library, Salamanca, Spain
  4. The Trinity College Library, aka “The Long Room,” Dublin, Ireland
  5. Old Library, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  6. Philological Library of the Free University, Berlin, Germany
  7. Central Library, University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  8. The Harper Library Reading Room, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  9. Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  10. George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  11. Queen’s College Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  12. Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  13. Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  14. Suzzallo Library’s Graduate Reading Room at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  15. The North Reading Room in Doe Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  16. La Sorbonne Reading Room, Paris, France
  17. Codrington Library, All Soul’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  18. Cornell Law School Library, Ithaca, NY
  19. University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor, MI
  20. Pontifical Lateran University library, Rome, Italy
  21. Powell library, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  22. Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  23. Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  24. Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  25. Bapst Library, Boston College, Boston, MA
I think I saw some of these books on the shelves in the pictures (video from kottke).


C in DC said...

Hey Brave, One of my alma mater's has a library on the list. It's one of 3 I've been in, but Cornell's Law Library isn't one of them. Can you guess the other two?

Brave Astronaut said...

OK, I'm going with Coimbra, UCLA (the alma mater)and one of the UK ones.