`6 Amazing Libraries That Will Inspire
Research shows that children who regularly visit the Library read better than their peers. Preschool story hour at the Library helps children develop literacy skills that will help them succeed in school. The Library fosters a love for reading, which in turn leads to better reading.
Libraries offer books for your children. Regular access to books can make you a better reader, according to research. There are many books available at the Library. Reading aloud to your children and then reading them independently is a great way to improve your reading skills. When they choose their own books, they get excited about reading. Libraries provide a wealth of opportunities to develop readers.
World Digital Library
The United States re-established its permanent delegation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after almost 20 years of non-participation. James H. Billington (Librarian of Congress) was appointed as a U.S. National Commission representative to UNESCO. He was invited to deliver a plenary address at the inaugural conference in June 2005. The speech entitled A View of the Digital World Library described a vision where the rich collections of “institutions and libraries” could be returned to the world for free and in a form that is far more accessible than the forms it has been before.
The World Digital Library (WDL), an international digital library, is managed by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.
Books are fuel, and libraries are power stations. Knowledge is power. These five libraries are sure to inspire you and get your positive energy flowing. These man-made wonders are worth a visit, regardless of whether you’re studying in the U.K. and U.S.
WDL stated that it has a mission to promote intercultural understanding, increase the volume and diversity of cultural content on the Internet, provide resources to educators, scholars, and general audiences, and strengthen the capacity of partner institutions to reduce the digital divide between countries. Its mission is to increase non-western and non-English content on the Internet and contribute to scholarly and academic research. The Library will make necessary primary materials from diverse cultures available online, in multilingual format, and free of charges, such as manuscripts, maps, musical scores, recordings and films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other cultural material.
The WDL was opened with 1,236 products. It currently lists over 18,000 items from almost 200 countries.
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Library of Congress, located on Capitol Hill, is the nation’s national Library and second-largest Library worldwide. The library catalogs approximately 168 million items and adds 10,000 every day.
Over 460 languages are represented in the Library. Around half of its holdings can be found in languages other than English. The Library seeks to acquire materials from all countries by buying, receiving gifts, and trading.
Do you need to keep up with the latest news? The Library of Congress has the most extensive newspaper collection globally, including issues that date back to 1659!
Perhaps you prefer a lighter book. Old King Cole is also housed in the Library. This book was the smallest in the world in 1985 when it was printed. It measures approximately 1 millimeter in square or is about the same size as a complete stop.
New York Public Library – New York
New York Public Library (NYPL) is a New York City public library system. The New York Public Library has nearly 53 million items in 92 locations. It is the second-largest public Library in America (behind Library of Congress) and the fourth largest worldwide.  It’s a private, non-governmental, independent managed, nonprofit corporation that accepts public and private financing.
The New York Public Library was built from more than 40,000 tonnes of marble. It was actually the world’s largest marble building when it opened in 1911.
It was indeed a power plant – it burned 20 tonnes of coal each day to keep library patrons warm in New York’s cold winter.
The Library has collected around 53 million items over the years, including rare first edition books and 300 million pages from historical newspapers. There are also about 40,000 restaurant menus that date back to 1850.
After you have found the item that interests you, you will have plenty of time to look around at the gorgeous building.
Fun fact: Old books can be handled without gloves. It is easier to cause damage by using clean, dry hands.
The British Library – London
The British Library, the nation’s Library, is the most extensive worldwide. The Library is home to between 170 million and 200 million items from many countries. The British Library is a legal deposit library and receives copies from all books made in the United Kingdom or Ireland. This includes a large number of titles that were distributed in the U.K. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport sponsors the Library as a non-departmental public institution.
The British Library is last on our list. It’s a must-see for students at INTO London or INTO City. It’s home to around 170,000,000 items and 750km worth of shelving. This Library is the largest in the world.
This number keeps growing to the point that every year 8 km of shelving must be added! This is partly due to the requirement that every publication published in the U.K. or Ireland be sent to the British Library.
Manchester: Chetham’s Library
Chetham’s Library was founded in 1653 and is the oldest open-access public Library in the U.K. It is also an older building, built-in 1421. It’s one of the best-preserved medieval structures of England.
This Library is a short 25-minute walk from INTO Manchester’s INTO Centre. It’s well worth a visit.
You will be surrounded by history and the 100,000+ books that line the shelves in a library unlike any other. Students and scholars love the unique atmosphere. Guided tours are offered throughout the year.
Boston Public Library – Boston
Boston Public Library was founded in 1848 and is one of the oldest free public libraries in America. It has acquired over 23 million items in its collection over the past 172 years, including rare first editions of Shakespeare and original music scores from Mozart.
The Boston Public Library is just a short walk away from INTO Suffolk University students. It has excellent study spaces and even designated study rooms that can be used for quieter learning.