Top 10 Largest Libraries

Knowledge is the world’s only thing you cannot constrain anywhere. In every era people tried to save every bit of knowledge they acquired and today we have the mighty libraries filled with the abundance of knowledge and human practices. Today we attempted to produce a top 10 list of the world’s largest libraries of the world.

10. Library of Congress

Library of congress is located in Washington DC, USA. It was founded in the year 1800. This library stocks over 30 million books. Library of congress was featured in a film National Treasure 2. The Library of Congress was established on April 24, 1800, when President John Adams signed an Act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

9. National Library of China

The National Library of China or NLC in Beijing is the largest library in Asia, and one of the largest in the world with a collection of over 26.3 million volumes by 2007. It holds the largest and among the richest worldwide collections of Chinese literature and historical documents.

8. Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies covers the social sciences and humanities with topics ranging from archaeology, economics, history, law, linguistics, literary criticism, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and much more. The catalog includes citations and abstracts of journal articles, books, manuscripts, and dissertations published primarily in Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, and countries in Eastern Europe. This library stocks over 20 million books.

7. National Library of Canada

The National Library of Canada holds more than 10 million publications. Most are written and published in Canada, but some are works about Canada that are published abroad. A specialized area of expertise is Canadian music. The National Library holds records, tapes, compact discs, sound recordings, sheet music and personal papers of musicians. It even has the piano of famed Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould. Reference services respond to about 100,000 inquiries each year. With a few exceptions, the National Library of Canada will lend material to any library in Canada or around the world. This library stocks over 18.8 million books.

6. German National Library

The German National Library is the vital archival library and national bibliographic core for the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task, individual in Germany, is to gather, permanently archive, comprehensively document and evidence bibliographically without gap all German and German-language publications from 1913 on, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945, and to make them available to the public. The German National Library maintains co-operative external relations on the national and international level. For example, it is the leading partner in developing and maintaining rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international standards.

5. British Library

The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. The collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages. 3 million new items are added every year. They have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. The British Library house 8 million stamps and other philatelic items and all this require over 625 km of shelves, and grow by 12 km every year.

4. Institute for Scientific Information Russian Academy of Sciences

Institute for Scientific Information Russian Academy of Sciences is in Moscow, Russia. It was founded in 1969. This library stocks over 13.5 million books.

3. Harvard University Library

The Harvard Library provides comprehensive access to library holdings across the boundaries of individual faculties and disciplines. The Library is also a department of the University’s central administration through which the libraries collaborate in the areas of digital acquisitions and collections, information technology, high-density storage, and preservation having a stock of 13.1 million books.

2. Vernadsky National Scientific Library of Ukraine

The Vernadsky National Scientific Library is situated in Ukraine. It was established in the year 1919. This library stocks over 13 million books.

1. New York Public Library

The New York Public Library was fashioned by the consolidation of the Tilden Trust and the Astor and Lenox libraries on May 23 year 1895. The milestone building was erected on the site of the old Croton Reservoir. The cornerstone was laid on November 10, 1902. The Building cost was approximately $9,000,000 on a plot value of $20,000,000. There are 88 miles of shelf space in the Humanities & Social Science Library and 40 miles under Bryant Park. Seating was made from 42 oak tables, each seating up to 16 readers providing a total space for 624 readers; before renovation, only 490 reader seats were present.








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