Everyone has some kind of place that makes them feel transported to a magical realm. For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers. For others it’s abandoned factories, ivy choked, a sense of foreboding around every corner.
There has always been something about libraries.
Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library.
El Escorial Library, San Lorenzo, Spain
But the library still has an extremely rich collection, which includes Arab and Hebrew manuscripts, and the personal library of Felipe II. Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa María, the Book of Hours of the Catholic monarchs, Santa Teresa’s manuscripts and diary, the gold-scrolled Aureus Codex (1039), and an 11th century Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beato de Liébana are just a few of the manuscripts
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The first libraries were composed for the most part, of unpublished records, a particular type of library called archives. Archaeological findings from the ancient city-states of Sumer have revealed temple rooms full of clay tablets in cuneiform script. These archives were made up almost completely of the records of commercial transactions or inventories, with only a few documents touching theological matters, historical records or legends. Things were much the same in the government and temple records on papyrus of Ancient Egypt.
Bad Schussenried Bibliothekssaal, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Biblioteca Geral University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The earliest discovered private archives were kept at Ugarit; besides correspondence and inventories, texts of myths may have been standardized practice-texts for teaching new scribes. There is also evidence of libraries at Nippur about 1900 B.C. and those at Nineveh about 700 B.C. showing a library classification system
Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria
Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria
Pierpont Morgan Library, NY, NY, USA
Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Riggs Library, Georgetown University, USA
Sansovino Library, Rome, Italy
Strahov Philosophical Hall
Strahov Theological Hall – Original Baroque Cabinet
Suzzallo Library, Seattle, Washington, USA
Trinity College LIbrary, AKA, The Long Room, Dublin, Ireland
Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome
Waldsassen Abbey Library, Bavaria, Germany
Wiblingen Monestary Library, Ulm, Germany