Libraries have existed in some form for as long as books themselves. More than just repositories of printed material, libraries serve as protectors of history and curators of knowledge—not to mention beautiful spaces that inspire us. And while National Library Week (April 12–18) celebrates American libraries and librarians, it’s also a good excuse to spotlight the collections of amazing libraries around the world. The institutions below have some of the most exciting collections, exhibitions and history around—and most importantly, they’re not just hallowed halls accessible to only the most august of scholars, but spaces open for the public to explore and enjoy, with frequently fascinating objects on display.
via The World’s Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collections | Travel | Smithsonian.
- Digital Sparks // The National Library Week edition (wiredpen.com)
- State of America’s Libraries Report 2015 (bluesyemre.com)