Fittingly housed in a Renaissance building in Venice, the National Library of St.
Mark’s contains one of the most important collections of classical texts in the world.
The Central Library consists of two buildings, the Johnson Building and the Mc Kim Building, which houses the library’s research collection and exhibitions.
Built in 1895, Mc Kim contains many beautiful murals, including Edward Abbey’s famous scene depicting the legend of the Holy Grail.
The library’s impressive holdings celebrate significant authors like Rudyard Kipling, D. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, and Joseph Conrad through its special collections.
Beinecke’s central shelving area includes glass walls and soft lighting to protect the works from direct light.
The Vatican Library currently holds mor than 1.1 million books, 75,000 manuscripts, and over 8,500 incunabula.
Fittingly, the library owns the oldest complete manuscript of the Bible, as well as many other significant works from medieval times.
The Vatican Library, under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, is one of the oldest libraries in the world.For much of the Room’s history, access was limited to registered researchers, attracting notable visitors including Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, Mahatma Gandhi, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Lenin, and H. The Reading Room has also been known to host long-running temporary exhibitions of its own, such as the 2006 exhibit centered on China’s famous Terracotta Army.The Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds the distinction of being the largest building in the world that serves the express purpose of preserving rare books and manuscripts, which alone undoubtedly makes it one of the best libraries in the world.S., charged with making certain items available to other national libraries if all other means have been exhausted.The library’s holdings are vast, including more than 32 million books, more than 61 million manuscripts, a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, one of only four perfect vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible in the world, over one million newspapers from the last three centuries, over five million maps, six million pieces of sheet music, and more than 14 millions photos and prints.