300-Year-Old College Library Has Over 200,000 Books

Published 8 years ago

When you travel abroad you don’t usually go for the college libraries. But if you’re visiting Dublin – you totally should.

There, in city’s Trinity College you can find the biggest library in the country. Built between 1712 and 1732 the main chamber is almost 65 meters (213ft) long and houses over 200,000 books. To achieve this impressive number when it opened, the library was given a unique status – it could claim a free copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland.

Ireland’s cradle of knowledge holds famous exhibits like The Book of Kells, which was written by monks over 1200 years ago and is now one of the most famous and valuable manuscripts in existence. The library also houses one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Don’t have the chance to visit Dublin? Then take a look at other majestic libraries around the world and if you fancy something more modern, then check out Tokyo university’s library with its ‘floating classrooms‘.

(h/t: boredpanda)

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