Thursday 6 February 2020

The World's Most Important Libraries

Last Updated: 1 January 2021

AD* | If you’re a book lover, then the chances are that you will feel right at home in a library. In these wonderful spaces, you can delight in all the pleasures of being immersed in a literary world, where you can read about anything and everything that you want.

This is just one of the reasons why libraries have long been considered to be one of the most important institutions in society. They’re deeply important now, and have been for many centuries - indeed, the oldest library in the world dates all the way back to the 7th century BC. And it’s not hard to see why! Libraries are places that benefit society, promote learning and understanding, and bring communities together.

There are some fantastically beautiful libraries across the world which all offer a chance for visitors to spend some quality time among hundreds of brilliant books. In fact, you could argue that spending time in any library is a joy! Surrounded by bookshelves, with a comfortable seat and a good book in your hands, how could it not be? 

However, while all libraries have their benefits, there are some that are considered to be more important than others. This is often due to their historical significance and the contents of their collection. The British Library, for instance, is home to some of history’s most treasured items.

If you love books as much as me, then you might also be interested in checking out the infographic below, courtesy of USC. It outlines some of the world’s most famous libraries from both the past and present. Some you can visit, some you can only read about it - fitting for a library!

The World's Most Important Libraries Infographic

This infographic was designed by USC (University of Southern California).

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What's your favourite library? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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