Saturday, 7 April 2012

My not-so-secret fascination: Top famous libraries to visit

I have always had a fascination with libraries. This fascination started when I was very little. Like I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm a small town girl. There wasn't much to do in a small town as a child, but I always found a home at our local library. I would read, and read, and read until I had to go home! And I am still fascinated by libraries to this day.

One day I hope to go on an international library tour. Below are a few of the places I would love to see.

Yale Medical Library
http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/restoring-
our-culture/if-architecture-could-speak-at-yale.html
Being a premed, of course this medical library was the first one that came to mind. Formerly known as the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, this library houses an extraordinary collection of medical literature. I am most interested in their Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. And, of course, the beautiful architecture of the library itself.


Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CoS_JEL_0KM/TVe3zaaV48I/AAAAAAAAAD8/cEw4EX-8UJM/s1600/Sansovino+Library%252C+Rome%252C+Italy.jpg

Located in Venice, this library, designed by Sansovino, is absolutely beautiful. Construction of this building began in 1537 and did not finish until 50 years later. It's ceiling contains twenty-one canvases painted by seven different artists.



Rijksmuseum Research Library
http://bookshelves.tumblr.com/post/3202298220/thelittletiger-brocreate-rijksmuseum-research
If there is one reason to go to Amsterdam, this is it for me. The Rijksmuseum Research Library is an art history library that contains 350,000 volumes. While I am theoretically in Amsterdam, I would also like to visit the Rijksmuseum in order to view a famous painting known as "The Night Watch," completed in 1964 by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.

The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-10/ff_walker?currentPage=all

Anatomical items at the Walker Library
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-10/ff_walker?currentPage=all
Unfortunately, the Walker library is not open to the public -- rather, you have to be invited here or be an exceptionally important person. This private library, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, has over 50 000 volumes! 

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Question of the day!
What places you like to visit in the future?

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13 comments:

  1. Love the architecture of the libraries you posted! It's funny because I've been to Venice and Amsterdam but never got the chance to visit those specific libraries unfortunately. I think I might be paying a visit to Yale soon to visit a friend who will be studying law there so maybe I'll visit their medical library!

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    1. Hi Cass! If you do visit yale library, I highly suggest taking photos and uploading them to your blog!

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  2. You're scaring me with how much we are alike. I always get superexcited about libraries and I have similar experience with it. And I'm visiting Venice next week, where I'm having a seminar and I'll be talking about Piazza San Marco and Biblioteca Marciana. Seriously, you're scary girl :D

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  3. Oh wow! To be quite honest, I did not know others had the same sort of fascination with libraries that I do. I am very jealous of your seminar -- have a great time! :D

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  4. The libraries look lovely and very pretty :)

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    1. They definitely do! I so badly want to see the Walker library, but unless I become a very famous/important person, I doubt I'll have the chance to!

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  5. Hello! If you like libraries try this one, from a portuguese convent called "Convento de Mafra":

    http://imgs.obviousmag.org/archives/uploads/2007/2007110200_obvious.pt_Bibliothek.Admont_gesamt-tm.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EHF5DBSRd7I/TxxKv5KviBI/AAAAAAAAEPU/575b6IgrOOg/s1600/Biblioteca+Mafra.jpg

    I love libraries but what I love the most is old book shops! :D

    Have a nice day!

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    1. Oh wow, thank you for the suggestion! My parents are Portuguese, they're from Sao Miguel, and I haven't visited yet! I'm going to have to include this on my trip, thank you for the suggestion!

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    2. Oh that is excelent if you'll need a guide you can tell me, I can help! E bem que me parecia que por aqui se falava português ;)


      Tem um bom resto de semana!

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    3. E mesmo? I would love a guide ;)Obgrida!
      You have a good week too!

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  6. Wow! Those places are amazing! How i wish we even have good public libraries in the philippines. Lol

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    1. I know, these libraries are unreal!

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  7. Wow! These libraries are breath-taking! There's something majestic about these old libraries. Like they are ancient keepers of knowledge inviting us into their fold. Haha. Hope I didn't sound too weird. But I love books and get pretty excited about them!
    Would love to visit those libraries! Hope I can some day. :)

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