Beautiful Libraries of Europe: Part III and Done!

Part III is the final post in the European Libraries series. Although, as I said in Part I, there are many, many more!

The Rijksmuseum Research Library is the largest public art history research library in the Netherlands and has been around since 1885.

Salle de lecture de la Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY-2.0-fr)

Salle de Lecture Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve is located in Paris. This library inherited the writings and collections of one of the largest and oldest abbeys in Paris and was founded in the sixth century. An interesting fact, the names of 810 scholars are inscribed on the exterior of the library. The second picture (click on it for a larger picture), highlights the inscriptions.

The Strahov Monastery Library is located in Prague and is part of a monastery built in 1143. A fresco adorns the ceiling painted in 1794 and the library contains ancient printing presses found downstairs.

This is the National Library of Finland located in Helsinki. It is the oldest and largest scholarly library in Finland.

This is the end! I will be happy to do more in the series if there’s a really large clamour for it! :)

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5 responses to “Beautiful Libraries of Europe: Part III and Done!

  1. more please!

  2. Bonjour,

    Belle galerie !

    Merci d’insérer la légende pour la 1ère image de la Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (source de l’image) :

    “Salle de lecture de la Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons – CC-BY-2.0-fr)”.

    Liens possibles à Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASalle_de_lecture_Bibliotheque_Sainte-Genevieve_n01.jpg) et à la licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/fr/deed.fr).

    Cordialement,

    Priscille Leroy
    Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève
    Mission Valorisation

  3. There are some beautiful small libraries too. I went to a arts project/tour of the small leeds library and it was truely magical http://aquietword.squarespace.com/the-book-in-my-head-is-now-on/

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